I am honored and humbled to serve as your New York State Chaplain. I ask for your prayers and assure you of mine. Our President, Jackie Clute, has challenged us to live each day with a spirit of kindness and generosity in our actions and interactions. We are also used to thinking of ourselves as strong women, as leaders who get things done. Can we be both? Yes, we can. Will it be easy? No, it will not. But we never have to do anything alone or under our own power. We have a God who walks with us, strengthens us, and nourishes us.
Margaret M. Anderton, MDiv DMin
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"You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere. Why did you spill the coffee?
"Well because someone bumped into me, of course!"
Wrong answer. You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup. Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea.
Whatever is inside the cup, is what will spill out.* Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which WILL happen), whatever is inside you will come out.
It's easy to fake it, until you get rattled. So we have to ask ourselves... "what's in my cup?"
When life gets tough, what spills over? Joy, gratefulness, peace and humility? Or anger, bitterness, harsh words and reactions?
Let's work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words of affirmation to yourself and others, kindness, gentleness and love."
Celtic Morning Prayer
The Paradoxical Commandments
I’m feeling harried and distracted:
So much happening on all sides
and inside, too…
I need help figuring things out:
what’s important and what’s not;
what’s a priority and what can wait;
the difference between what I need to do
and what I’d rather do…
So I offer you today, Lord,
the mixed up jumble
of my completed and my unfinished tasks,
my lists of things to do that don’t get done,
my false starts and unmet goals…
I offer you all the things I put off until tomorrow
and then put off again for the next day...
and the next…
I offer you my unkept promises,
my promises to slow down, be still,
to seek your wisdom,
to ask for your help…
Lord, stop me in my tracks today:
put the brakes on, take me aside
and sit me down 'til I take a deep breath
- or two or three…
Let me breathe in your presence,
let me lean on you
and rest by your side…
Refresh and restore me with your Spirit:
grant me serenity
and the peace that only you can give…
Help me discern what’s most deserving
of my time, my interest, my attention -
and what's not...
Help me see with your eyes
what I most need to see…
Help me know by your light
what you ask of me…
Help me do with my hands
what first needs doing…
And as I plan and schedule my week -
keep me open to how you’ll surprise me
along the way,
Help me do what you ask of me:
what will best serve you
and all whose paths cross mine…
Be patient with me, Lord:
be with me,
by my side,
Receive my daily offering, Lord,
and with your Spirit’s truth and wisdom
bless this day and night
and bless the week ahead...