Thank you! The Board on the behalf of the Center sent a fruit and cheese basket to let me and my family know of your love and support. Bob and I were in Angleton, Texas, to be with my son, Jim, and handle the service celebrating the life of my daughter-in-law, Kelly, last week. She made her transition in early August after several months of dealing with the effects of liver disease. Your continued prayers for Jim and all of us are deeply appreciated. Loss is not easy even when we know her life continues in growth, expansion and love. We will miss her.
On Sunday, our topic was Spirit with us. Of course, that was the perfect
subject for me at this time. Knowing that I am never alone no matter how
it looks or feels brings me great comfort. I got to and I encouraged
others to think of a moment or many moments when we felt the Presence, the
moments when our hearts are open and we feel connection and rightness. It
is hard to explain what those moments are and how they feel.
I love how Spirit unfolds in my life. That morning I was practicing with
the LCSL music ensemble and had one of those moments. All of a sudden my
heart filled with love for those in the room, for ky's music, for my ability to
join in, for the words and melody of the new song we were learning and the
tears flowed. And I thought, how do you explain moments like these.
As best I can knowing that words fail me. And even more important, how do
I stay in the feeling for as long as I can and revisit it often? By just
breathing and being.
On September 28, we will have our annual meeting at which we vision for LCSL
and talk about where we are and where we are choosing to go. We will meet
here in my home from 9 - 12 and encourage everyone who can to come and join us
and give us their input. We will talk about things that our minds tell us
and we will vision/listen to hear what Spirit is revealing through our
Visioning is a form of meditation designed to help us listen in a focused
way. We talked about it and experienced a taste of it on Sunday
during our meditation time and will do so again next Sunday. There will be
pencils and paper for folks to write down what they are feeling and
thinking. We know that many will not be able to join us on Saturday and
we want to capture as much input as possible from everyone. I
encourage you to spend some quiet time listening to the answer(s) you receive
to the question, "What is the highest and best expression of
LCSL?" What you get may be words, or colors, or images, or feelings,
or whatever. Don't edit, just share with us.
Again, thank you for allowing me to serve as your minister.