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Daily Encouragement - November 2

Genesis 1:1” In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Only the Divine matters, And because the Divine matters, Everything matters.

                                                             —Thomas Keating, “What Matters”

There are times that try our souls we have read, and we seem to be having one of those times. Tomorrow will be a day that has been anticipated for quite a while. While final counts may be delayed a bit, we will have a fairly good idea as to what the results will end up being. Some folks will be happy and some dismayed. Some folks will consider that they have won, while others will think they have lost. Of course, the pandemic will continue to influence our lives for some time to come.

As we consider the implications of Thomas Keating’s poem quoted above, I   hope that we will recognize the truth of those eleven words, and how they can encourage all of us to examine our personal and collective priorities. Over the past few weeks we have taken a fresh look at Jesus’ answer to the question about the greatest commandment. He tells us unambiguously to “Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.” When we do, loving neighbors will come as well.

As necessary adjustments are made following election results, the most important will be overcoming the divisive atmosphere that has become part of our collective experience. We are all God’s children, and that makes everything matter. We can come together. Working toward common shared goals must become part of the new normal. We can get on board the train and ride it down the right track. O yes, that train is a’comin, so get on board sisters and brothers – and let’s ride together.

“Tell Out, My Soul” v.4

Tell out, my soul, the glories of God’s word!

Firm is the promise and God’s mercy sure.

Tell out, my soul the greatness of the Lord

to children’s children and forever more!

Merciful God, you provide us with light in the darkness and love always. Help us to know that love so well we can’t keep it to ourselves. Enable your children to reconnect and become the best of what we can be in the name of Jesus, our Lord and example. Amen.

Pastor David Brosnan

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