Learning

Our best teachers  start a fire inside us. The fire will last a life time if you tend to it.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford

Watch this Amazing 103 year old women –  still loving the life long learning of Dance

Learning, unlike a degree,  is life long and makes life long.  The more you learn the more each minute is lived.  Each scene, each emotion, each relationship is enhanced through your leaning.

Learning keeps you young.  Tending to that fire of curiosity keeps our mind and spirit active.

Learning is the path to the gift of the Holy Spirit – Wisdom.  Wisdom is within-accessible to all of us; is a gift to us.  This spirit becomes more accessible if we humble ourselves and seek to learn.

The curiosity to learn a new skill, sport, discipline, hobby – keeps you alert, on on the right path and away from the stress and damage of pride and arrogance.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. – Matthew 11:29

Still praying for Dad

When a loved one leaves us it hurts.  The individual spirit is swept back into the ocean of life.  We can no longer see them, hear them, touch them.  Yet, the spirit has rejoined the whole of which we are a part.

In nature, all around us, we see death, we see birth and rebirth from winter to spring.  We are not separate from this and yet it remains a mystery.

It is written that we must follow The Way to rejoin the eternal beyond.  We must not embrace Sin but rather intend to reflect “The Way” in our daily life.

So, my dad, did not know Christ, but I know that his life followed The Way that Christ illuminates.  I know my dad has rejoined the ocean of which I am a part.

I hope that he feels my spirit and soul as he rests in peace.

Help Anyway

The person on the corner is just trying to get money for booze or drugs.

The refugee family is in another land…

For I was hungry and you gave me no food,I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’

Then they will answer and say,

‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison,and not minister to your needs?’

He will answer them, ‘

Amen, I say to you,what you did not do for one of these least ones,you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment,but the righteous to eternal life.” Matthew 25: 41-46

It is natural to rationalize reasons to stick our routine and our comfort zone.

We here our leaders announce that the immigrant and refugees are not welcome unless we can be sure they are safe and won’t hurt the economy. We agree that the beggar on the street should seek out the mission or church for goods and services.

If you believe what Jesus has to say on this issue – it would be better to err on the side of taking the perceived risk to help those in need. The risk of ignoring there cries is far greater.

So what are actions that you and I can take.

Call your local shelter or look up their website – ours provides practical suggestions for directly helping the poor. I found that handing out money is not recommended but handing out granola bars and bottled water is helpful. I found that not all will be grateful or accepting – don’t let that bother you, they may just be having a bad day.

Write to your political leaders at the State and National to encourage a more open policy to immigration and refugees. Many times, the families have no way of being vetted as they cannon prove anything about their background. There is a solution which gives them a chance for peace and safety to build a new life- that solution has risks.

I am sure there are many more ideas. Please leave yours in the comments section.

This age and the next

Jesus refers to “this age or this generation” many times. We are in a moment in time – an age- that will ultimately pass and give way to a new age or generation.

The children of this age marry and remarry but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.

They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise. Luke 20: 34-36

God is timeless. God is the source and creator. Jesus words speak to our physical form which dies and gives birth in a cycle, like the trees of the forest.

The life after this age isn’t really, after, it is now. It must be now, there is no next age since there is no beginning or end. It all exists NOW.

“Age” is perhaps better described as realm. There is another realm that our physical senses cannot directly perceive. You feel it in your heart at times of inspiration or love. Jesus came into this realm to find us and show us the way. The prophets and wise elders of our age have spoken to us, have taught us Wisdom and given us instruction so that we may be enlightened, but Jesus, living and reigning in the eternal realm came to us to bring us home.

Harmony

Wa is the Japanese word for Harmony.  Or more specifically, peaceful unity and conformity within a social group, in which members prefer the continuation of a harmonious community over their personal interests.

Rugged Individualism, consumerism, instant gratification, personal independence, freedom to pursue your own dreams have all pushed Wa to the side in the Western, and particularly American, culture.

In Japanese culture, Wa put the needs of the society and community before the individual. A very strict code of respect and humility, a strong sense of honor and dignity provide for WA. There was no God accept for the divine leader. The Shogun.

Is this type of Harmony impossible in the West? It depends.

Jesus provides the answer. Can we humble ourselves enough set aside individual differences and seek Harmony with the Kingdom of God?