I am A Christian

I am a Christian.  I believe in Jesus Christ.  I try to follow the example that he led of radical hospitality.  I do not always get it right, but that is what we are called to do as Christians:  love our neighbors as ourselves.  I am deeply saddened by what is happening in our great country.  I am saddened by the divisiveness that is happening.  I am saddened that I am lumped into the fundamental Christian right just because I say I am a Christian.  I am saddened that Muslims are being banned because of their religion.  I am saddened by  the obnoxious way people are name calling on all sides.

Let me get this out there:

We are all made in the image of God.  Christian, Jew, Muslim, refugee, unborn child, politicians, gay, straight, transgender.  If we are pro  life, we should be pro refugee!  If we are name calling, on both sides, we should remember that the best thing we can do is stand together, not name call to cut down.  I have never known anyone to change their mind because they were called a name!  In fact, that makes them fight more!

I am a mother of two children born from me, and one born of my heart.  She is from China, and looks different from the rest of the family.  She is my daughter, whom I love as if she were born from me, and I am scared for her.  We do get looks everywhere we go.  We do get asked where she is from, and I have witnessed people say shameful things when they think I am not listening.  This will only make me grip her hand even stronger and stand with all those who are afraid.  Only when we stand together peacefully, without name calling will this country make a positive change.   Get out there and do something.  Go and meet the Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus,  refugees, Christians in your area.  Break bread together.  Talk!!!!!  Face to face.

If you happen to be in the Ogden Utah Area, please come to my free community meal on Wednesdays where we have the opportunity to break down barriers and get to know one another.  If you want more information, please go to our Face Book Page:

https://www.facebook.com/Shepherds-Bowl-Community-Meal-178830682536119/

 

Blessed

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

Pray for our world today.  For those who are hurting, mourning and striving for peace.  Pray for your enemies and those who are promoting hate and violence.

Love all regardless of beliefs, religion or politics.

It is time to come together and unite.

Love,

Suzy

 

 

Walking

20150309_095117_resized20150309_094643_resized20150309_095053_resizedI have been walking in the mornings lately.  This is new for me.  I have always been an evening walker, and it usually ends up on the treadmill.  The treadmill was a place I could go out to at the end of the day, turn on a movie and just walk to forget about all the many things that still needed to be done.  But lately the thought of being in a room, with a movie, does not appeal to me.  The outdoors have been calling to me, and more specifically the mornings.  The chill, which usually makes me wince and stay inside, has been welcome on my face.  The sun, the fresh air has been a welcome gift.  I have found that trying to get away from the day has not helped me, but somehow with a walk in nature thinking of the day ahead and all that is part of it prepares and refreshes me like now movie could do.

So, I take my dogs out with me, and they have become happier, well all except my dog named Happy.  She likes the comfort of her backyard.  But Ruffo, he is my walking buddy. Every morning he greets me at the garage door, knowing I will have the leash and he will get to go sniff everything and explore the world.

When we return, I am ready for the kids to start asking me questions, I am ready to do all the mundane tasks the day has in store.  Because these tasks do not seem as mundane as they did before, but purposeful.  The kids questions don’t seem as overwhelming, but welcoming.  The sun and chill of the air have a crazy effect on me, that I never expected, and it is good.

I hope you all are getting to enjoy the weather wherever you are!

Love,

Suzy