Showing posts from November, 2018

Monday Meditation: A Thanksgiving Poem

As autumn lifts its lazy head and shakes the leaves forming winter’s bed, I, too, awaken. The chill in the air is a refreshing slap that tracks me back to mindfulness and considered acts of kindness. We’re told to be thankful for this or that, but in truth, I’d rather bury myself under the mat of leaves so graciously laid for the start of winter’s nap. Yet, awoke I am and more aware that too many people don’t want to care about you or me. Fear of the other makes them want to flee the long, dark nights of winter’s strangled light. Thus, thrust into a snap of cold that wraps my soul as a shrink-wrapped scroll of perfect, preserved hope, I turn my focus to the lasting warmth of the spark of God that ignites all souls, and leads me through this troubled world. The winter months are not a blight but a chance to begin anew; to start our days with thanks and grace and spread more love, it’s true. Night cannot last, cold shoulders warm as everyone around the globe reforms. Remember, awaken

Humanity of the Saints

Humanity of The Saints by Michael Junkroski Psalm 31.23-24: All you who are faithful, love the Lord! The Lord protects those who are loyal, but pays the proud back to the fullest degree. All you who wait for the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage. Psalm 148:14 God raised the strength   of his people, the praise of all his faithful ones—that’s the Israelites, the people who are close to him. Today is All-Saint’s Sunday, and this year I’ve been wondering, just what is a saint? Someone who does good things? We all do good things now and then, I would hope. Many people dedicate their entire lives to doing good things. If being a saint means doing good things, then how many good acts does it take to become a saint? I’m asking for a friend. What is a saint? Someone who lives a life of sacrifice? How much sacrifice? Mother Theresa type sacrifice, Pope Francis style sacrifice, or not-eating-fish-on-Friday sacrifice? Martin Luther sacrifice or Jesus sacrifice? Does any sort of s