Morning Encouragement for 7/16/2022

Good morning,

I want to tell you a story this morning. There was once two villages that were connected by a road. For years the two villages shared everything and were very happy. Swap meets and “Farmers’ Markets” were set up on the road through out the year. The problem was in mountains there was a man who was unfriendly and could not stand the joy the two communities had because, it meant he would have no control. So, he rolled a huge boulder onto the road which made the commute impassable. To make matters worse, he visited the two communities with regularity stirring up trouble. Soon the two villages were at odds with one another and they started pointing fingers and finding fault. Eventually it came down to an “us against them”. Then one day a little child caught onto the man’s mayhem. The child could not move the boulder so he/she found another way to reach the other community. Soon all of the children in the two villages were talking to one another. It was only then that the elders stopped the fighting and compared notes. It was decided that neither community had put the boulder in the way and began to chisel away at the boulder until it disintegrated. Communication once again established between the two communities and they lived happily ever after.

Part of the whole problem we have in our world today is that we do not know how to communicate. The wars and scrimmages we have in our world attest to our inability to talk through the difficulties. The Devil is not the cause of our problems, he only sets the stage. What we do with the stage or how we react to it will determine the outcome. Remember this, the blood that was shed over 2000 years ago was not just for one region but for the whole world. When we forgive other people and talk with those we disagree with, the boulders that were between us get chiseled away. No one the world over holds all of the information and is the epitome of “the right way to live”.

Readings: 2 Corinthians 12:6-7, Ecclesiastes 3:9-14, Matthew 5, Micah 6:6-8, John 8:31-32

Famous Quote:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.—St. Francis of Assisi

Father,

You put eternity in our hearts that is, to me anyway, like a small piece of the puzzle. The piece I hold is to be used to connect with other pieces and none is more important than the other. When I let go of my “self righteousness” and use my small piece to form with other small pieces the puzzle of life is established. We need each other now more than ever before in our time. Our world is at odds and wars have cropped up in just about every region. Our political parties have set up their camps and neither is willing to concede or seek to work with each other in a positive way. Please help us Father we so desperately need you. I pray for the EMTs, Police, Medical staff, Military, and those in leadership positions. May I be an instrument of your peace today.

IHS MK

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