For your consideration…

I have to admit that I absolutely hate to shop at a mall. But I also love to admit that I love to shop online. I love the convenience of it being delivered to my door. It has been a lifesaver the more incapacitated Bruce has become. I have a problem, search for a solution, and…bam…it is on my doorstep the next day or so. And then, of course, there are those things that I see advertised over the various social media sites that I think I need or love and can’t resist.

One such thing was a necklace like the one above. As I searched for a picture online, I see that lots of stores offer one of their own with a wide variation in prices. I didn’t know this when I purchased mine for $2.35. When it came, I loved it. I never took it off. Being cheap, it only lasted a couple of months before it broke. I hated not having it and took the pieces down to my local jewelry repairman and asked him to put them on a heavier sterling chain.

This necklace was the example given to me for today’s message. I was reminded at how many times I have been approached, helped, or greeted because I have it on. They qualify their actions or words by saying, “I see you are a Christian.” This little necklace serves as an invitation. It beckons. All religions have their own sign that shows their devotion or beliefs. It is an invitation to those who share them.

Our message today reminds us to approach and help one another. It also wants to remind us that we do not need to wait for an invitation or symbol to beckon us. Our commonality as humans sharing a human condition should be enough.

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.

-Greet one another. Bless one another. Help one another. Love one another.


What made me smile yesterday…

-Catching up with Pam, Mary, and Alex.

-Jul and Vic stopped by.

-A good book.

-It is still fairly warm out and we can still sleep with the door open.

-A crockpot pot roast that filled the house with great smells.


Love, Blessings, and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris



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