Shift Happens E-mail

18
Jan

Restoration

For Pondering this week of the Presidential Inauguration:

 “The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards. It is our duty to defend them against all attacks.”
-Samuel Adams

“America’s present need is not heroics, but healing…not revolution, but restoration.”
-Warren G. Harding, 29th US President 

11
Jan

Becoming

For Pondering:

“Life’s not about expecting, hoping and wishing, it’s about doing, being and becoming.” -Mike Dooley

Let doing, being and becoming, be your work this year!

4
Jan

Blank Pages

For Pondering:

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

28
Dec

2020

For Pondering:

2020 will likely be remembered as the year of great discord, fear, and loss. 

But as this year closes, there is much we can CELEBRATE: 

·  the fastest development of vaccines ever imagined

·  national heroes armed with stethoscopes rather than guns

·  the execution of a fair election in the midst of unprecedented rankor

·  faced with inconvenience and sacrifice, we learned to dig deep to find what we were capable of

·  we learned new ways of communicating and how to rely on one another

·  the NY Times bestsellers were driven by white people trying to better understand their privilege and anti-racism, even as statues and flags were taken down

·  And even after all of the strife, death and separation that 2020 brought

       …GOD IS STILL GOD, 

              LIFE IS STILL GOOD,

        AND THERE IS STILL MUCH IMPORTANT WORK FOR PEOPLE OF FAITH TO DO….  

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

21
Dec

Hope

For Pondering:

We are all looking for hope right now. Medical and political answers help, but are not THE answer. We remember, “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.”

14
Dec

Different Christmas

For Pondering:

OK, so it probably won’t be the Christmas you had hoped….but….what one new twist is possible? On Christmas Eve we are inviting immediate neighbors to stand outside their house and light a candle at the same time we do, as we all sing Silent Night from our safe distance.

7
Dec

Better Person

For Pondering:

Be the even better version of the person other people think you are. 

30
Nov

Second Spring

For Pondering:

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus 

23
Nov

Blessing

For Pondering:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Maybe this Thanksgiving is a good time to be a blessing to someone else, rather than to expect a blessing. By blessing, we are blessed.  

16
Nov

Evolving

For Pondering:

“You will evolve past certain people. Let yourself.” – Mandy Hale