Wishing you a happy Easter or Passover and the blessing of daffodils!
Dietrich Bonhoeffer contemplated in the Cost of Discipleship, one of the most difficult concepts of Jesus’s to follow, that of praying for our enemies. Bonhoeffer was persecuted and eventually murdered by the Nazi’s just before the end of WWII. He writes, “We are approaching an age of widespread persecution. The Christians will be hounded from place to place, subjected to physical assault, maltreatment and death of every kind…By praying for such enemies, we do vicariously for them what they cannot do for themselves. Who needs our love more than those who are consumed with hatred? Through prayer we stand beside our enemies and plead to God on their behalf.”
No matter your beliefs, praying or sending positive and spiritual thoughts towards those who hate, releases you from their hatred and turns them over to another power. Be consumed with love. Send the power of love to your enemies or those filled with hate and let go!
Peace and Joy!
I am currently reading the book, Prayer: Does it make any difference, by Philip Yancey. I started it several weeks ago for my morning spiritual read, not knowing that I would find myself praying and begging God for the healing of my friend and colleague, Derek, who was paralyzed in a skiing accident a week ago today. It has helped me to understand the power and the limitations and the mind changing power of prayer, but I cannot understand the why of this happening. There is no explanation. We have all been deeply struck by his courage and by his wife Amanda’s amazing strength and caring love. Whatever your spiritual beliefs, I ask that you lift them up in thought and prayer for healing and the road that lies ahead.
I found this benediction in Yancey’s book and thought you might enjoy. Peace and love to you all.
A Franciscan Benediction
May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Peace and joy!
“Life is either a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.”
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
I would like to share this short video with you. My son, Paul Hunton, made this for his Papaw for Christmas. I think you will enjoy! Click here and have the merriest of Christmas’s!
1 I look up to the hills. Where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord. He is the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He won’t let your foot slip. He who watches over you won’t get tired. 4 In fact, he who watches over Israel won’t get tired or go to sleep. 5 The LORD watches over you. The LORD is like a shade tree at your right hand. 6 The sun won’t harm you during the day. The moon won’t harm you during the night. 7 The LORD will keep you from every kind of harm. He will watch over your life. 8 The LORD will watch over your life no matter where you go, both now and forever.
“When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers, or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind, and you will be blessed.”…