Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey
I look forward to Sunday mornings and I hope that you do as well… each week we have the greatest people show up and add to the overall experience. I leave after lunch, reviewing conversations I have had with many of you, and feel so blessed.
Speaking of lunch, I know how grateful folks are that we offer a meal after the service. I was talking with someone and mentioned that providing lunch gives many who have no one at home an opportunity to have a meal with others and she said I am one of those and I so appreciate having lunch provided.
This week the men handled the lunch and kitchen. Don Capoldo, who Spirit sent to us, found his place to serve with the hospitality team, and he prepared the risotto soup and minestrone soup this past Sunday. I heard so many comments on how good it was; thank you, Don. Randall Sawyer helped serve along with Bill Taylor, who every week makes the coffee. They also did clean-up along with Tom Herboldsheimer. Thank you, gentlemen!
Jane Goodall has spent the past 30 years in Africa as the world’s top authority on chimpanzees. Goodall recalls the support that helped get her started:
When I decided that the place for me was Africa, everybody said to my mother, “Why don’t you tell Jane to concentrate on something attainable?” When I was two years old, I took a crowd of earthworms to bed to watch how they wriggled in the bedclothes. How many mothers would have said “Ugh” and thrown them out the window? But mine said, “Jane, if you leave the worms here, they’ll be dead in the morning. They need the earth.” So, I quickly gathered them up and ran with them into the garden. My mother always looked at things from my point of view. (Newsweek International)
by Kahlil Gibran
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls’ dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.
I also shared about the “protective mother,” the “supportive mother,” the “instructive mother” and the “loyal mother.”
Next week the talk will be “Prayer Persistence Pays Off.”
A quick reminder that on Thursday evening join me as we host Vanessa Berry from EcoMaine talking about recycling. It begins at 6:30 p.m.
You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey