Election Day at First Church of the Heart

 

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There once was a Church, “First Church of the Heart”
With the strangest distinction I have to impart.

There were 48 members, and it should be noted,
on the day of elections, every one of them voted.

Not a one of them pushy or preachy or snooty,
One by one, on their own, each one doing their duty.

And that in itself is a sign of some health:
A Church that’s engaged, and not just with itself.

When I tell you what happened, your feelings may change,
For this small, noble church took a turn for the strange.

Though the church wasn’t told — to salvage their pride
Every item they voted? 24 on each side.

Every vote for a candidate, every ballot and bout
Had another vote cast that just cancelled it out!

So the question to ponder, that comes to my mind:
Did First Church of the Heart end up wasting its time?

Are you kidding? Of course not! Any church is a treasure
That can differ in politics but worship together.

May we all be as active, accepting, a part
of the world that we’re in…

Without losing Our Heart.

Have a great week,
Mitch

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First posted in Nov, 2014

I plead the 5th


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It’s been quite a week.  Everyone’s talking, but as for me…

I plead the 5th.

The 5th commandment, I mean.

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. –Exodus 20:12

Honor your father and your mother.  Make them proud.

Live a life worthy of the love they have passed down to you.

Not just your birth parents.  Also, your teachers.  And your preachers.

Your elders.

And your whole family, really.

“Give weight to the family” is another way to define this commandment.

Brothers, sisters.  Aunts, uncles.  Yes, be sure to give weight to these special people.

When you do that, you honor God, and you affirm your covenant with God!

And while you’re at it, why not honor some other people, too?

I mean, since you’re in the mood…

Church members.  Doctors.  Veterans. Sanitation workers.

How about strangers on the street?  Different colors, backgrounds, lifestyles…

Why not honor them too?

In fact, would it be taking this commandment too far if we were to honor everyone to the very best of our ability?

Maybe.

The commandment doesn’t get that broad, I suppose.

But it still seems the honorable thing to do.

So here’s my advice:

Go forth, and LOUDLY plead the 5th.

Incriminate yourself as a child of God.

Have a great week,

Mitch

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H(illary)(tr)UMP DAY

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It was the worst of times, it was the even worster of times.

Nice grammar, huh?  But that’s kind of how I feel about the 2016 Presidential Election.

It was a time that seemed to bring out the worst in everybody.  Finger-pointing, nit-picking, lies, and immorality.

And that was just Facebook.

Debates that seemed to unfold like boxing matches.  Media feeding Americans’ insatiable desire for more dirt, more drama.

Everyone was drawn in the fray.  This election became personal for women and men, well-educated and less-educated, Latinos, African Americans, veterans, the working class, and so on.

Over the past month I’ll admit I became obsessed.  Every hour on the hour I found myself checking various news sites to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

But I did miss, quite a lot.

I missed civility.  I missed unity.  I missed a constructive exchange of ideas.

I missed out on several good night’s sleep.

I missed verifiable truth.  I missed the America I love.

I wonder…will it ever be the same, here?  Have we burned ourselves too badly with all the nastiness?

I hope not. I hope…for something more.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.   –Jeremiah 29:11-13

This is how we get over the HUMP of H(illary) + (tr)UMP

By focusing our attention where it should never stray.  On The Lord, the one true source of our Hope.

I’ll keep that in mind as I watch election results tonight.  This is an important moment in our country, but there is never a day — not even Election Day — when God is not at work in us and through us, and even through people who don’t vote like us.

So rejoice, friends!

Today is election Tuesday.

Thank God tomorrow is over-the-HUMP day.

Have a great week,

Mitch

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