The wise person is flexible like water/ La persona sabia se adapta , como el agua

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The wise person is flexible like water, Lao Tse The wise person is flexible like water, Lao Tse

The wise person is flexible like water/ La persona sabia se adapta , como el agua/ Gozen wa mizu no gotoshi

Lao- Tsé

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Emily and Jake (formerly Mary and Jack)

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A mostly true story but the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Updated!  The characters in this story have given me permission to use their real names.  Thank you Emily and Jake.

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This is the second time we had been to this building.  The last time was last week, exactly one week ago.

Mary was driving as usual and she was nervous for some reason.  She kept glancing over at me and smiling at me, making me suspicious, I suspected that she was trying to put me at ease.

I ignored her odd behavior, I was intent on having a good time tonight just like I did last week.

As we entered the building my anticipation intensified, and Mary’s anxiety intensified.

We were the last to arrive, and as we entered the group I saw that the other couples gave us a wide berth, it suddenly felt…

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2014-11-9 Messages received from Sermon Simpson UMC “Awaiting the Fullness of the Kingdom of God” Pastor Tezenlo Thong

Sermon “Awaiting the Fullness of the Kingdom of God” Pastor Tezenlo Thong

Messages received:

  • As we journey through life we must have hope, help others to have hope and make a difference.
  • Consider whether our actions are guided by belief.
  • As we wait for the end of any journey, big or small, it is our responsibility to wait actively and not be idle but continue our service to God.
  • We can serve God by recognizing and serving those in need.
  • Keep hope and patience.
  • Don’t be lulled into inactivity, don’t let life’s journeys be unfulfilled.
  • To give is to receive, to replenish those in need is to replenish oneself.

 

 

Emily and Jake (formerly Mary and Jack)

A mostly true story but the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

Updated!  The characters in this story have given me permission to use their real names.  Thank you Emily and Jake.

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This is the second time we had been to this building.  The last time was last week, exactly one week ago.

Emily was driving as usual and she was nervous for some reason.  She kept glancing over at me and smiling at me, making me suspicious, I suspected that she was trying to put me at ease.

I ignored her odd behavior, I was intent on having a good time tonight just like I did last week.

As we entered the building my anticipation intensified, and Emily’s anxiety intensified.

We were the last to arrive, and as we entered the group I saw that the other couples gave us a wide berth, it suddenly felt like we were an island separated from the others.  Wow maybe I wasn’t going to have a good time tonight!

As our leader entered the group, he was clearly puzzled and possibly exasperated as he almost shouted “Who is that crying like a baby?”

Half of the faces turned and looked at us as the other half turned away as if in punishment.

I looked at Emily adoringly, she had rescued me and I didn’t really want to let her down but I am a being who lives in the moment and at this moment I guess it was I that was crying like a baby.  Well not really crying I was just whining with anticipation of having a good time. The human half of the couples were staring at us, the other dogs were looking away in some kind of doggy embarrassment.

After only week, we were all already a pack – I think our pack is called puppy training class.  The others wanted us to succeed and supported us but didn’t know what to do and that’s why we had a leader who is called instructor or teacher.

Emily adopted me as an older puppy, I’m some kind of a lab mix and a real handful.  It’s possible and probable that I was unadoptable and she saved my life.

I adore Emily and just want to make her happy. I’m not sure how to do that yet but Emily is learning how to communicate with me and we’re going to make it work.

Wish us luck on our journey!

 

 

Today’s Muse 4

 

Muse:  A source of inspiration and a guiding spirit.

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I have a sliding glass door I use to let my dogs in and out of the back yard.

Monty is usually the last one to come in.  When he realizes he is in the yard alone, without his 2 pack members, he checks out to see if I am standing at the door.  If he sees me at the door he races at top speed, never hesitating, never slowing down, never even considering that I might not open the door and that he might crash into the glass.

What an amazing thing to have such trust and belief in another being.  I am so honored!

But, he does not race to the back door if he has one of his “outside” prizes he wants to drag into the house.  He does realize that for some reason I don’t open the door if he has a muddy branch, a dead worm, or any assortment of strange things he is able to discover in my little back yard.

My hero and today’s Muse.

 

 

 

Today’s Muse 3

 

Muse:  A source of inspiration and a guiding spirit.

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Today’s Muse is the view from my office window.

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I often forget to enjoy and appreciate the simple things I experience almost daily. Enjoying this view throughout the day as the sun hits the mountains at different angles and through the changing seasons is a wonderful thing.

My hero and today’s Muse.

 

 

 

2014-11-9 Sermon by Tezenlo Thong, “Awaiting the Fullness of the Kingdom of God”

“Awaiting the Fullness of the Kingdom of God”

(Matthew 25:1-13)

Tezenlo Thong

As we near the Season of Advent, you will realize that the lectionary texts are leading us to what is called parousia, an eschatological event the Christians have always believed will happen soon. The parable for this Sunday talks about waiting for an important event, an event that no one knows when it might occur. The waiters are therefore kept in suspense. We all know what it is like to be in a state of constant suspense, waiting for something to happen any moment.

What is important is that our Christian life is not a passive waiting. We are to wait in active readiness. Some early Christians thought that Jesus would return in their lifetime and decided to wait passively. They became disengaged and disinterested in “earthly” matters. They became fixated on the “hereafter” and lost relevance in the “here-and-now”.

We are not called to wait passively as the world suffers, as God’s children go hungry or as oppression and injustice grow. We are to wait actively. That is why the Season of Advent is a busy time for the Church. We give, and we serve more than we normally do. This Advent, God will come. God will come moment by moment. Sometimes we are foolish, and we miss the coming; sometimes we are wise, and we see him/her in the face of someone in need – “Whatever you do unto the least of these, you do unto me.” Let us wait actively for the coming of God!