Eric’s Sunday Sermon; “You Can Make It a New Year at Anytime”
What Footprint Do We Leave?
Lift Up Your Eyes and Heart
Much like Christmas you can have one whenever you want. We suggest not missing the holiday cheer and community during this time of year. How fun is that stuff?! True admission here, I have not been up to 12am for New Year’s since about 2009. In this household we get two New Year’s and I think it will be the year of the pig. Asian New Year’s celebrations are more like a weeklong. (more on that later).
We hope you rested up after Christmas as many get fairly worn out and possibly stressed this time of year. Here we thank all those folks who went all out to make it a great season filled with food and love. Yes I was thinking specifically of Linda Lum or Carb Diva when mentioning food. And Bill Holland when mentioning love.
We note above that it is not what these folks did on Christmas necessarily it is how they live all year long. We would have to be zillionaires to pass out even a trinket to all who have warmed our hearts with love through the year. It would be my humble opinion that if anyone touched one other person with love this year, they have full justification to love themselves. No; even if you got coals for Christmas you can still love yourself. Hey that would be a good resolution any time of year; to love yourself more.
Oh my we did Christmas hugs and kisses yesterday with my four children. Believe me when I say they come from across the U.S. to gather. But they like the ritual stuff and me not so much. So they go get the holiday “spirit” elsewhere and to the protocols and procedures and show up here with absolutely no ritual. No distraction from a bad back from 314 hugs in one day.
One of our fun huggings (muggings) are from other family and friends from all around the states and beyond. I think my sister Lauri got the record as she ordered two hugs be delivered. These are not man hugs with pats. These best be accompanied by a peck on the cheek and an “I love you” or “Lauri loves you”. My youngest is now tall enough to give real hugs.
Isn’t that funny to spend so much/mush time on hugs in a sermon. Isn’t life grand!
I Caught My Son Sneaking This Instead of His Approved Game - Imagine That!
A Road To Where
Trust That Others Are Who They Are. Be You!
For this writing on Sunday the 30th of December here we take a note about anytime. This Sermon and all like them are written on Sunday. It does not mean they need be read on Sunday. In our space we read and worship God who is Love all year long. Yes even on TGIF. In our ego we wish read on Sunday or Monday to start the week. Now that just may be vainglory so pretend you did not read it ;-)
Another note is that writing this is like a high light of my week. I have to get real communing with the Spirit to write them. How cool is that? That might be cheating too ;-) Do we love giving Love because it feels good to us or because it is a gift to another? What a trick question. Of course they are the same.
I will start on New Year’s resolutions today and tomorrow. That way they are attached to me and not a date. Ok I am way Christian so they are attached and supported by Christ in my view.
I tend to think of New Year’s as Easter. A holiday, mainly celebrating a resurrection of Christ. What a blessing that can be adorned with Love at any old time.
Repent is a fun word. For some reason it is all about sorrow and regret. That is not how I read it; Applied to the Supreme Being, to change the course of providential dealings. Genesis 6. Psalm 106. Too me it means to get it together and stop looking past but turn around and start facing forward in the direction of Love which is God. A very fine resolution which we can break one hour and have a New Year the next. I have a pretty huge forgiveness switch, I can forgive almost anything in others or myself. It really is not me but the love given me.
Here is one I just really think is great. Keeping in mind I hold God as Love as in 1 John 4. I resolve to get more into the Jesus of love with my son. Actually my elder son and I agreed that love is God yesterday, and that we can agree on. My young son’s biggest sin to date is sneaking extra M&Ms when he tries to lie he just starts cracking up. (After all his father spent a decade cross-examining liars)
Thanks Be To Love
You Know How I Feel - NEW
Waylaid By Life
It is a mad house around here getting ready for church service. So much fun. And they are off to their community. I think the liturgy of Sunday morning in our home is better than most Churches. My son came around with some water bottles on Friday. We already had some fruit out. The fine people of JW came by. With a little boy. Of course we invite them in to rest and revive. How exciting their walks must be. As long as they accept and move on from folks who do not welcome them. Same as Jesus sending out disciples.
Look now; I am on my third year of Roman Catholic Catechism – to stay fresh. I was a LEM in the Episcopal, a Preacher in both Lutheran and non-denominational and a youth preacher in all. I am up to date on Russian Eastern Orthodoxy. I love my Buddha and Native American notions, Shinto and Hindu and Muslim not so much. I do not indulge in one except the doctrine and liturgy of love. I have an advance degree in Philosophy, mainly linguistic. The neat part about that is that you gain most historical linguistics from religion. What braggadocio you proclaim!
My point is that you don’t have to be a weirdo like me. I have done most the work for you. And if you are hanging around watching a football or Futball contest, good on ya. If you yell at spouse and child to shutup during your sport, bad on ya. You may not love the search for riches or an event more than others and yourself. That creates just enough hell on earth for you. God does not need to send you there, you are living it.
The Only Looking Back I Do
New Year’s gratitude. Right on brothers and sisters. Some of us may have financial difficulties, trouble with family or something like cancer. But as long as we have love, next year will be “the best ever”. My son loves that term.
Here is how it works around here. “We don’t want to”. We don’t want to go to school, work, take a bath or yardwork and cooking. Thank you very much. And then when we get to any of them we do not want to leave there. Yes I know that kind of existence is painful. But we live with it J. I am so broke and busy I have no money to pay attention and no time to shake a stick at it.
Wow I need to stop. And sorry for being so late. I don’t want to do life I want to write and give praise. But then when I say happy New Year a bunch at the store I don’t want to come write. Life is tough here. I hope yours is also.