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Kangaroo Korner from Mary Lee

posted Jan 6, 2014, 4:59 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jan 6, 2014, 5:00 PM ]

WELCOME to the New Year, dear friends.  '2014' sounds like a great title for a futuristic novel, doesn't it?  Well, it's real enough, and I sincerely hope it will be a wonderful year for each of us!

There is always an expectation of 'topics of clever beginnings' to articles, sermons, news items, etc. at this time of year (oh, the pressure...), but thankfully I was spared that pressure this time around when I woke one morning last October and came upon a 'new thought pathway' from an old prayer. 

I have a daily devotions calendar that was given to me some years ago by one of my sisters-in-law, who in turn received it from her sister a few years before that.  I've used it each morning since that day, because I never tire of reading the wonderful thoughts and Scriptural writings it presents, some of which I forget from year to year, and some of which are like old friends whose renewed appearance brings me great joy.  Here is the one that inspired this column, with the particular passage of note in italics:


"Lord, I thank You for my family.  Bless and keep each of them--special persons You created and filled with qualities that are so precious to me. Thank You for all the times we've shared.  Bless our home.  Amen."  (author unknown)

In that italicized phrase lies the 'new' understanding that has helped guide my thinking since that morning in October, 2013, even though I'd read it many times before.  I realized that even though the people I love most dearly in the world can sometimes disappoint, or annoy or distress me in some way (as I'm sure I do to them), they have been created and endowed, as have I, with all of the qualities that make them both perfect and imperfect by an all-knowing God who has then given us to each other to share life in all of its, and our, most glorious, as well as most unworthy, moments. Therein lies our opportunity to share not only joy, tenderness and celebration for the pleasing qualities, but also to learn patience, compassion and forgiveness through those less pleasing habits and tendencies.  The 'sum of all the parts' then yields gratitude for every experience of life, enabling us to hold each of those persons as such precious treasures within our hearts. 

Of course, I don't pretend that this insight is really 'new' to anyone, probably not even to me if I look closely enough into my own heart--but then I also think it never hurts to be reminded of such a fundamental truth i.e. we have the capacity not only to love because, but also to love in spite of an individual's uniquenesses, as we become true partners in each other's life journey.  Taken a step further into the natural world, even the most precious gems are found amidst the roughest of substances, and must await the polish of tender, loving care in order to fulfill their most brilliant potential...How much more the flowering of the human spirit in the care of an understanding and accepting relationship... 

Happy New Year, and the Richness of God's Blessings to You All.


Love, Mary


"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.  They must be felt with the heart."  Helen Keller


"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."  Galatians 6:2