Devotion Monday, September 22, 2014 - John 9:5-7 - Robert Fryst - Dallas - Cathedral of Hope UCC Dallas Texas

By sdarling@cathedralofhope.com (Shelley Darling) Monday, September 22, 2014 by Robert Fryst Member, Cathedral of Hope Scripture “When I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When Jesus had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and anointed his eyes with the clay, and said unto him, go, wash in the pool of Siloam (which is called Sent). The man went away therefore, and washed, and came seeing.” John 9:5-7 A Word of Hope I had a profound moment today when a one-year old little girl came to my table. I thought about how amazing her smile was. Her mother put her down and like most toddlers, she was gone in a flash. She walked right up to my table and smiled with her mouth wide open and her eyes full of wonder. Perhaps she wondered about my wheelchair or my shinny bald-head. It wasn’t clear. I said hello and if it is possible, her smile grew. It was a wondrous moment. In the movie The Color Purple, author Alice Walker writes, “I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t notice it.” Walker’s words are too important to take out of context; after all, some people are colorblind. But her message was clear, pay attention to what is beautiful in life. It is too easy to miss the joy of each day focused on the struggle of simply getting through the day. Don’t be so busy living life that you forget to live life. Last night I watched an old episode of Designing Women. It highlighted the superficiality of many of the day-to-day judgments about our lives. Two women fasting to bring awareness about world hunger found the struggle most difficult to complete. In the final minute of their fast, they planned a major food-binge. A young boy from Ethiopia who lost his parents and his siblings to famine was able to notice the “color purple” in the hearts of these women present despite their missing the point by planning a major pig-fest. In the face of such devastation and loss, he found a way to let his heart smile and to see the beauty of their hearts. However life’s trials can help you to smile in alternative ways at eclectic celebratory moments, take those opportunities to remember we all have both joy and pain, both good and bad days, both smiles and tears. No one can smile through all the challenges of life without the occasional doubt or despairing moment. Nevertheless, God sees the brilliance of who we are. We are not black or white, brown or red; to God, we all smile a big opened mouth dazzling “color purple.” Prayer Loving God thank you for opening my eyes to that, which is wonderful in my life. Help me to recognize the silver lining in life’s clouds and the nurturing fulfillment of life happening in earnest. Amen. If you would like to receive the Cathedral of Hope Devotion we would love to be able to send it to you directly. Sign up today to receive your own copy.

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UCC delegation heads to Middle East to meet with partners in moment for peace

With the Middle East seemingly in a state of constant conflict, a delegation from the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will make it’s way through the region over the next two weeks carrying a banner of peace. The Rev. Shari Prestemon believes that the trip represents an important opportunity to stand alongside partners in Israel-Palestine, and other parts of the Middle East, as they face violence that makes the reality of peace seem distant.

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UCC delegation heads to Middle East to meet with partners in moment for peace

With the Middle East seemingly in a state of constant conflict, a delegation from the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will make it’s way through the region over the next two weeks carrying a banner of peace. The Rev. Shari Prestemon believes that the trip represents an important opportunity to stand alongside partners in Israel-Palestine, and other parts of the Middle East, as they face violence that makes the reality of peace seem distant.

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Sep 21, 2014 Service

By Cathedral of Hope OKC This is the entire service on September 21, 2014 at Cathedral of Hope OKC. For more information please visit our website at cohokc.com. CCLI License #CSPL020750 OneLicense.net #A-722168Cast: Cathedral of Hope OKCTags: Cathedral of Hope, United Church of Christ, UCC, Christian, Worship, GLBT, LGBT, LGBTQIA, Hope, Liberation, cohokc, queer, ok to be gay and okay to be gay

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