Getting What You Need by Giving Up What you Don't
On Saturday, I woke up tired, but there were chores to be done and work to complete. I took the dogs out and exercised, made a protein shake and got showered and dressed.
I talked myself into my car and out to do my errands. After a few hours of remembering this and not forgetting that, I was headed back home. As I did, I spotted two women looking through clothing at my neighbor’s garage sale. One was an older woman who reminded me of my mother.
Though tired, I decided to invite them to my home to get some of the things my mother did not take with her as she crossed over to the other side.
The women gave me the once over and then followed me down the road to my house. My daughter served beverages as I bagged up much more than I had expected. They thanked me profusely and told me that they would be praying for me.
There is no greater prize than an elder who thinks and prays for you.
Now I believe that synchronicity is the language of God. Sometimes, the message is so loud that you have to stop and just smile.
Those who know me think of me as a spiritual person. I am. I strive to live the beliefs I’m constantly working out and every day I seek to be better.
Those who know me really well know that I have not been a member of any church for many years. The reasons for not going have far outweighed any reason to go. So I quietly study on my own and gather with others who seek to live their beliefs.
I have a wonderful friend named Celia who, along with many, many others has often invited me to her church. She speaks passionately about the congregation that was left after a division of beliefs; her's being the one that decided on loving, accepting and promoting without prejudice.
So because Celia is so brilliant and wonderful and because she cares about literacy and education, I decided to take her up on her offer to visit Christ Church Episcopal.
I’m going to just jump right to it, because I really can’t explain it myself.; in the quiet beauty and brilliance of this service, I felt right at home. The sermon was all about knowing what you truly treasure and on using your possessions to make the world a better place.
After church we gathered for tea and cookies and I chatted with brilliant, talented folks who gave me the energy I needed.
So I’ll ask you what the rector asked of the congregation: What do you truly value? How can you use what you have to make the world better? What do you possess and don’t use that someone else needs right now?
On Saturday, I gave away something that I did not need; on Sunday, I got back something that I did.
Be you, be well, be balanced.
Bertice Berry, PhD.