Aloha Friday Message – December 6, 2006

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Happy Aloha Friday !!

If you’re spiritually alive, you’re going to love this! If you’re spiritually dead, you won’t want to read it. If you’re spiritually curious, there is still hope!

Why Go To Church?
A Churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. “I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons… But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”

This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

“I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this… They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.

Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”
When you are DOWN to nothing… God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!

When you go to church and come back home saying, “there was nothing in it for me. I’m not being fed there,” try asking yourself if you fed anyone else while you were there. If you’re not feeding someone, you’re not going to be fed.

All right, now that you’re done reading, send it on! I think everyone should read this! When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, “Jesus, could you get that for me?”

Mahalo and a tip-of-the-hat goes to C.W. for sharing another great lesson. As you prepare for this season’s celebrations, be sure to include not only nourishment for yourself — physical and spiritual — but also nourishment (physical and spiritual) for the poor, the oppressed, those suffering as a result of violence (victims and perpetrators), and the homeless and orphaned. “Whatever isn’t given is lost. It is what we decide we can live without that makes us unique.” Oh, and don’t forget to say a little prayer for the rest of the MBN, OK?

Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love

Whatever, whenever, wherever, whoever, however, if ever, forever — at your service, Beloved

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About Chick Todd

American Roman Catholic reared as a "Baptiterian" in Denver Colorado.

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