For your consideration….

Today’s message came in today via the memory of an incident that happened to me several years ago.

Things had been very stressful at work but we were headed into some relief due to the July shutdown of the automotive plants. I was one of the evenings on-call volunteers for our domestic violence safehouse. On my way home I decided to stop and fill up my car to be ready for any domestic violence calls. The story is long but the short version is that while I was pumping my gas, I was approached by a man, we physically fought and my car and I ended up “kidnapped.” Ultimately, I convinced the man to let me take him to where he wanted to go and somehow….I don’t remember doing it…I drove myself back home. I was pretty traumatized and frankly just wanted to have a drink and go to bed. But I was convinced by Erin from Safehouse to call the police. I did and the process started. He was eventually convicted about a year later.

We often hear the words, “See something, say something” in regards to terrorism. After every attack, we find people who suspected something was going on but were afraid of the “process” that inevitably follows the report. And frankly, they are afraid of what will happen to them if they are proven right or wrong.

But “see something, say something” is not only about terrorism. It is about situations in every day life. My example was given to me today as an example because the gas station where I was kidnapped from was absolutely packed. Every pump had a car at it. There were two attendants inside watching out the window. I was screaming at the top of my lungs AND NO ONE CAME TO  HELP OR CALLED THE POLICE. As my kidnapper was pulling out of the gas station, he was driving very erratically, my passenger door was open, I was kneeling on the seat and he almost hit a car pulling into the gas station. There was a couple in that car and the woman insisted on calling the police. She was the only witness that gave life and truth that my event happened. Without her, it was just a story and he would never have been charged. She was my witness, she was my angel.

Our message today is another reminder to always listen to our instinct. Listen to what it is urging us to do. It is our truth and it wants us to do what is right for not only our highest good but the highest good of all.

That is the HOPE. And so it is.

Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take….

-Meditate/pray….ask…”What is my next step for my highest good and the highest good of all?”

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-Drink lots of water.

-Listen to your intuition.

What made me smile yesterday…..

-A wonderful day with preschoolers.

-A great teaching partner.

-TGIF and vacation has started.

-Catching up with Alex and Jackie.

Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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