Reflections

What a year 2017 has been! It has been a year of endings for some of us, beginnings for others. I am reminded of a song, “Everything Must Change.”  If things don’t change there would be stagnation and death. Intellectually, this is not a difficult idea to grasp, but emotionally it is hard for most of…

Grown Up Christmas Wish

What would you like to receive for Christmas? What are you giving? They have to match! Several years ago, David Foster wrote the  song “My Grown Up Christmas List.”  It is filled with ideas of things I want for myself and all beings everywhere. A few of the lyrics are: “No more lives torn apart …

What to Do When You Are Misunderstood

Last Sunday my Sunday topic was “Living a Life of Character.” The book suggested for the month is If You Know Who You Are, You Will Know What To Do, Living With Integrity.  The chapter on “A Life of Character” is about differentiating between the integrity of being true to yourself and living a life…

GRATEFUL I AM!

My first Sunday back after my sabbatical was December 3,2017. My last day here was August 31st, summer was ablaze! Now the night’s are cold and very long. Winter is definitely approaching.I was so grateful to be back home. I was welcomed with loving arms and I am very grateful. The Sunday flowers were given…

The Mean Banyan Knocked Me on My Butt

The Banyan Tree in Lahaina While I was on sabbatical, I had an encounter with this Banyan tree.  The tree covers more than half an acre, takes up most of a city block, started as an eight foot sapling in 1873 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of  the first Protestant mission in Maui.  It has flourished.…

What Would You Love?

The Prosperity Plus II course which is nearing completion, begins by asking the students: What would you love? Not what would you like, or what would be okay if it occurred, but what would you LOVE in each of the areas of their lives. What would you love in terms of your body and health?…

Why Do People take a Sabbatical?

Genesis 2:   “1. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  2.  And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3. And God blessed the seventh day, and…