For your consideration…

“If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all

Most of us have said this one time or another. Personally, I am the only person I know that is not a Michigan “up north” fan. I see Facebook posts daily with friends posting. I have friends who love it so much they moved up north. But I am just not a fan. I always say that if I go up once a year it is plenty.

So just what is my problem? I love to travel by all means possible. I think my aversion comes from my childhood. We were poor. The only traveling we did was up north to my Aunt and Uncle’s cottage on Houghton Lake. I loved our vacation one I got there but hated the car ride there and back. Even as a child, the traffic was horrific. We we often get up in the middle of the night to do it. Both my mother and stepfather smoked…with the windows up in the winter when was horrible. Then there is the scenery…..road and pine trees leading me to say, “If you’ve seen one pine tree, you’ve seen them all.”

Of course, this is not true…and that is the point of today’s message.

Each and every pine tree is a unique living tree. It is unlike any other. Just like every race, religion, culture, country, etc. is unique and different. AND…every person within them is unlike any other. Every person is different and unique.

We are reminded to not minimize, not look over, not generalize. We are asked today to look at the uniqueness. See the individual.

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.”

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

-Drink lots of water.

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

-See the individual and uniqueness in all things.


What made me smile yesterday…

-A beautiful day.

-Catching up with my sister, Lori, and Cathy.

-Facetiming with James, Alex, and Conner.

-A good samaritan changed the tire that I blew out at the post office because I wasn’t paying attention and slammed over the curb.

-A good book.


Love, Blessings, and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris



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