8/5/20 – A Franciscan Blessing

I think it was our own sister Barbara, good Franciscan that she is, who first shared with me the following Franciscan Blessing. everytime I use it, I get multiple requests for a copy. Why? I think it is because it is real and honest and as everybody who has ever tried to to live the gospel knows, it is not easy. And so bless you — here it is:
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships; so that you may live deeply 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 from pain, rejection, starvation, 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 this world; so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen. 

Everyone Carries a Shadow

I’m sure you have heard it said — “We have met the enemy and they are us.” You have probably also heard — “sometimes I’m my own worst enemy.” This can be true collectively or individually. Sometimes these days it seems that we are our own worst enemies as a nation.  Today I came upon this quote by the great psychologist Carl Jung. He wrote this in 1938:
“Unfortunately there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it. Furthermore, it is constantly in contact with other interests, so that it is continually subjected to modifications. But if it is repressed and islolated from consciousness, it never gets corrected.” 
Check out the parable this week from Matthew 13: 24 – 30. This little story that Jesus told is what got all these other thoughts started. Sometimes we are quick to think we want to pull up and get rid of everything that is wrong with others and ourselves. But we had better be careful and let God decide. You never know what you might be pulling up. 
Scripture: Matthew 13: 24 – 30
Sermon: Let Then Grow Together
Prayer need — Let’s keep our friend Tim King in our thoughts and prayers tomorrow and for several days as his long postponed heart surgery will be taking place Friday morning. Bless you Tim. We love you!

Pastor Steve Lundin