For your consideration….

I love this message for so many reasons. First, because it came on 9/11. Second, because it seems to be a continuation of yesterday’s message. Indeed, I had to pause and say, “Hey, isn’t this the same message as yesterday?” It is an important message because it is essential to who we are.

Yesterday our message was about never giving our personal power away. Today’s message is about protecting the freedom we have to do that. Certainly, in this country our forefathers recognized and fought for the right to protect our freedom. They fought for civil liberties that would protect our rights as people.

We are born with this fight for freedom. As a teacher, it is always at the forefront of my mind and heart. Children inherently know to push the limits. It is how they grow. It is the job of adults to let them push to the limits they are capable enough to handle without squelching their spirit. It is about giving them choices so they have freedom to choose. It is about giving them the experience to make good choices AND to always….always….fight to protect freedom for themselves and others.

Freedom is a gift from God worth fighting for. It is never free. We only need to look at domestic violence or oppressed countries to imagine what life is like without it. We are reminded today that we have to choose freedom and choose to protect it.

That is the HOPE. And so it is.

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

-Affirm…“I am loved.”

-Drink lots of water.

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

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

-Protect freedom…yours and others.

-Send blessings to all who serve this country and protect our freedom.

-Send blessings to all those who lost their lives and the families left behind.

What made me smile yesterday…

-Rain stopped whenever we needed it to.

-Our little ones loved, loved, loved their gym class. I can even count the times I heard, “Mrs. Adams watch me do this.”

-AJ’s soccer game.

-I finished a book series I started this weekend. The main plot was centered around domestic violence, a cause close to my heart.

Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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