That was one of the comments Bob Goff made this morning as I listened to him. It was my Bayside Devotional for today – and he was the guest speaker. I love Bob Goff. Do you know him? He wrote “Love Does,” one of the most inspirational books I’ve ever read. Google him!
In his morning message he concluded, “People who know how they’re doin’ seem to have the ability to give away more hope.” That resonated with me. And he emphasized the importance of our interdependence when he said, “I won’t know how I’m doing until I know how you’re doing.” He was referring to his daughter, his wife, all the people he cares about who are on his daily prayer list.
I have a hundred people on my prayer list. Really! I put their faces before me and bring each one to God each morning. He knows how they’re doin’! God sees each one and cares for them. But, like Bob Goff, sometimes I gotta know, too. Really know. I whip off a text or an e-mail, make a phone call, write a card, or do a quick “What’sApp” connection. I gotta know. How ya doin’? I won’t know how I’m doin’ til I know how you’re doin’! Be authentic.
“I’m fine” ain’t an okay response – unless you are! Get real. I really care. I do!
Yes, I confess, I am a member of BostonTerrierAddicts on its FaceBook page. We post pictures and videos of our dogs and do a lot of ooohing and awwwing. Our Taze is the “Tazmanian Devil with Ears”. As a puppy, when we got her five years ago, her gigantic ears were straight up at only ten weeks young! We were going to name her “Angel,” until we met her. BOING! BOING! BOING! She was a jumping jack! Nope, “Angel” didn’t fit!
Most Bostons’ antennae stick up straight and as puppies the ears seem larger than the rest of the dog put together. When one ear flops and takes its time perking up, some new Boston Terrier people become quite concerned. When is it ever going to straighten up? Ike, one of my favorite Boston Addict pups, is four and a half months. Isn’t he adorable?
Not to worry!! That ear will pop up soon! And if not, who cares?
Well, I think Bostons are precious with or without both antennae working . Don’t you find them irresistible, too?
Look very closely –
Slow down so you can see
Camouflaged around you
Nature’s treats for you and me.
How often in our hustle
Do we pass by unaware
There are sights of untold beauty
Astonishingly visible out there?
Standing up and surviving when others around you cave in and die (if not physically, then spiritually it seems) takes courage. What is courage? This quote is attributed to John F Kennedy:
“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
It not only tells us what courage involves, but what its results can be, too. I want to be part of that ripple of hope – the daffodil with the will to survive when all around me are shriveling up. Stand up! Speak out!
Instead of building walls of exclusion, let’s erect gates for inclusion. Instead of mass deportation, let’s reinstate “Give me your tired, your poor, your hungry masses yearning to be free.” Instead of bemoaning our ills and sending up rockets of fear and hopelessness, let’s join together with energy to create the Justice and Hope we all long for.
Are you with me?
I take notes when I listen to the sermon in church. It helps me internalize the message in a way that sticks. Then, I can share with my husband, Bob, whose mind wanders during sermons. We discuss it on the way home and I read my notes to him. Usually they are in poetic format. That’s how my mind holds on and interprets.
Here is my take on Rev. Jean Johnson’s message from John 17: 2-26.
MAKE US ONE
May the love I have for you
Also be in you.
May my words echo in your heart
And ring loud and true.
Each day I pray for you and yours,
For health and strength and peace.
My prayers include family and friends,
My kids, my sis, my niece.
I pray for us and our health, too,
And ask for family unity.
Jesus prayed that we be ONE –
Mend divisions between you and me.
From time’s beginnings, splits occurred –
From Adam, to disciples, to now.
Jesus asked God to make us one –
Stop our bickering somehow.
Set aside our differences.
Teach us, Lord, to pray
That we can love as Jesus loved.
Make us one today.
Traveling from the Madison
To the Gallatin Valley
The scenery so gorgeous
I have to pinch myself
To make sure it’s real.
Snow on May the 10th?
After welcoming the spring
Makes me question reality.
But hearing the robins sing,
I know it’s real!
All my sisters have withered
In the snows of Montana’s May,
But I’m a winter hold out –
Here to brighten your life today.