The Prodigal

The hero’s journey is a story of the journey we all take at one time or another. It is a classic story that goes back to when humans began first began telling stories.

In the Hero’s Journey, the hero leaves his home in search of treasure, or adventure, but ends up finding his or her True Self. We not only find this story in action movies, novels, comics, etc. but also in the Bible.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son is the story of a hero’s journey and it is popular because most of us can relate to one of the characters. At one time or another in our all lives we have either been the prodigal son, the older brother, or the father.

The part we relate to depends on whether we are the one who wandered away, stayed home and did what we were supposed to do, or forgave someone who hurt us.

This parable is very popular because it touches everyone’s life. This is a story about forgiveness and encourages us to repair hurts we may have caused.

So are you the one who has to forgive someone – or what they did or did not do? Perhaps you need to forgive yourself. Whatever part you played, if you practice the art of forgiveness, you will have a new lease on life.

Quote of the Week

“I am the prodigal son every time I search for unconditional love where it cannot be found.”   Henri J.M. Nouwen

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In the face of tragedy, let your light shine!

Once again the news is filled with sadness, loss, and terror.  It is easy during times like this to become not just filled with sadness for the victims but fear for our own safety.

Some people are so filled with fear that they change their life because of it – avoiding traveling, going to large group events, going out in the evening, etc.  The greatest damage that terrorist do is not just the acts of violence they commit but the fear that is instilled in those who let it.

One meaning of the word terrorist is one who terrorizes or creates fear in others.  The terrorists of this world win when they cause such fear in us that we lose hope.

Instead of reacting with fear over the news, try praying for the victims and the perpetrators in any act of terror.  Remember that in any situation of horror, there are always stories of acts of kindness and compassion.  Darkness can never win unless we let it.

The sun comes up and light overcomes the dark.  We walk into a dark room and turn on a light, and the light illuminates what was enshrouded in the dark. We may not be able to physically stop these terrible events from happening but we can maintain a consciousness in which fear and hatred are overcome by love, kindness, and compassion.

Quote of the Week

“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Three Little of Pigs

Remember the story of the Three Little Pigs.  The first two pigs built their houses of straw and sticks and the big bad wolf came and destroyed them.  The third pig was a wiser pig and took the time to make sure his home was strong enough (he used bricks) to withstand the big bad wolf.

Jesus also told us that we should build a strong foundation for our homes.  In both cases taking the time to make sure we have a strong foundation in either our physical or spiritual homes, allows us to withstand the Big Bad Wolf (which is any negativity that comes our way).

Is your spiritual foundation strong?  How is your emotional foundation?  If it needs some work to make it stronger, there is no time like the present.  Just like we may not have much warning before a storm hits us, so too, we often may not see situations coming that can throw us for a loop.

Take a lesson from the third little pig and don’t put off for tomorrow what you need to do today so that you will have the strength to do whatever is needed to withstand the storms of life.

Our spiritual bricks are prayer, meditation, supporting our spiritual fellowship, and building a support of deep friendships who are there for us when we need them.

 

Quote of the Week

“May you have a strong foundation when the winds of change shift…and may you be forever young.” 

Bob Dylan

 

 

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The Three Little Pigs

Remember the story of the Three Little Pigs.  The first two pigs built their houses of straw and sticks and the big bad wolf came and destroyed them.  The third pig was a wiser pig and took the time to make sure his home was strong enough (he used bricks) to withstand the big bad wolf.

Jesus also told us that we should build a strong foundation for our homes.  In both cases taking the time to make sure we have a strong foundation in either our physical or spiritual homes, allows us to withstand the Big Bad Wolf (which is any negativity that comes our way).

Is your spiritual foundation strong?  How is your emotional foundation?  If it needs some work to make it stronger, there is no time like the present.  Just like we may not have much warning before a storm hits us, so too, we often may not see situations coming that can throw us for a loop.

Take a lesson from the third little pig and don’t put off for tomorrow what you need to do today so that you will have the strength to do whatever is needed to withstand the storms of life.

Our spiritual bricks are prayer, meditation, supporting our spiritual fellowship, and building a support of deep friendships who are there for us when we need them.

Quote of the Week

“May you have a strong foundation when the winds of change shift…and may you be forever young.”  Bob Dylan

 

 

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Judge Not

“Judge not, lest ye be judged”, is one of the most quoted passages in the Bible.  But we all make judgments every day.  We judge between right and wrong, unsafe from safe choices, etc.  What Jesus is trying to tell us is to not be hypocritical in our judgments.

In other words, we should not judge others for doing the same things we do.  We, also, should not spend so much time and energy worrying about what someone is, or is not, doing and use that time wisely by looking at our own stuff.

The truth is, that looking at others and judging them, becomes an act of denial of our own shortcomings.  And, more often than not, it is our own defects that we see in others.

The rest of the scripture on, “judge not”, states, “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

In others, “If you spot it, you got it!”

 

Quote of the Week

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye, when all the time there is a plank in your own.”                                                                                  Mathew 7:4

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