Wild and Wonderfully Made

"To know that even one life breathed easier because you lived is success"

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 PEACE

Cast aside bitterness; forgive freely a perceived wrong. Allow peace to rest upon you. Be love and then extend to others the love that you, yourself long to receive.

 The Book of You – Simple Truths to Reawaken the Journey©

 “… we are but a mist that appears for a little while then vanishes.”

 James 4:14

 

In my role as a chaplain I am frequently called out to a scene of death in order to provide comfort and counsel to the bereaved. While the circumstances leading to a given passing may vary considerably, often carried on sorrow’s breath are references to words left unspoken and unresolved conflict; brought back to remembrance in the midst of travail, those gnawing wounds and weeping thoughts and reflections serve to further heighten grief’s hold. 

 

Life is precious and but a whisper yet somehow on our journey this side of the eternal we manage to ensnare ourselves and others in bouts of contention and strife. Unfortunately we are seemingly all too quick to suppress and defer much needed resolution and restoration to some later time that never actually arrives, choosing instead to bury feelings of angst or offense deep within our bellies; consequently, the chains grow heavier. It’s a weighty burden to bear my friend. It takes a sturdy willingness, determined sense of resolve and a healthy dose of humility to finally hit the pause button sufficient duration to thoughtfully reflect upon the real or perceived transgression of another and in turn, to muster the courage to extend forgiveness.   

 

It has been said that a lack of forgiveness is like consuming a daily dose of poison yourself and assuming the object of your angst will suffer the harm. Think about that for a moment. It’s an apt description as harboring offense you are engaging a stealth and powerfully negative force that serves only to drain your life energy, one that is cause for the abrading of body, soul, mind, spirit and emotion. While perhaps cloaked in the harried busyness of our daily routine, remaining shackled to so insidious a foe as unforgiveness robs us of peace and diminishes our potential to live abundantly full and healthy lives.


“Courageous people do not fear forgiving for the sake of peace” Nelson Mandela  
Give yourself a gift and lay it down dear one. Freedom and life await you. 

We are but a moment’s sunlight fading in the grass  ….

 

Get Together

Love is but the song we sing,
And fears the way we die
You can make the mountains ring,
Or make the angels cry
Know the dove is on the wing,
And you need not know why

C'mon people now,
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try and love one another right now

Some will come and some will go,
We shall surely pass
When the one that left us here
Returns for us at last
We are but a moments sunlight
Fading in the grass

C'mon people now,
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try and love one another right now “

If you hear the song I sing,
You must understand
You hold the key to love and fear
All in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both
It's there at your command

C'mon people now,
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try and love one another right now

The Youngbloods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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