Thanksgiving 2010 – Good News for November 26

26 11 2010

Luke 21:29-33

Jesus told his disciples a parable.

“Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

The Daily Path: I hope you were able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with family, friends or someone important in your life. I know that wasn’t possible for many. I couldn’t help but think of someone sitting alone with their shopping cart underneath a freeway. Only vague memories of happier times and the rumble of traffic overhead to keep them company.

I was fortunate to break bread twice with family members. Once on Wednesday night with my wife’s side of the family and again yesterday, with my parents. Both provided joy and reminded me of our bounty. With each came a sense of warmth and well being in the state of family relations. The blossoms are open and revealing their beauty and sweet fragrance. Yet we know that from time to time this will not be the case. There will be disagreements that will break a family into fragments. Perhaps next year not all who gathered this season will be together – feeling anger or harboring a hurt perceived to have been caused by one who just a few short months ago passed the pumpkin pie with great affection.

Today’s reading reminds me that the joy of God will never pass. It’s a permanent fellowship that will withstand beyond time and Grandma’s turkey dinner. I must hold it close when all others falter.

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On The Road – Good News for September 16

16 09 2010

Luke 8:1-3

Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.

The Daily Path: Like Jesus’ band of followers, we are all on the road. Some recognize this, others don’t. I’ve been blessed to have fellowship on my spiritual journey. God has brought people into my life with whom I can share the road home. I truly enjoy their company on a deeper level than with most. I’m genuinely happy when I see them out and about, or have the chance to spend time in their presence. It’s comforting to know we are on the same journey.

This fellowship also provides for one another when the road becomes difficult. The resources we share may be a simple smile, a kind word, or a virtual hug, but the value often exceeds gold and provides sustenance for another day.

A credit card ad campaign asks the question “What’s in your wallet?” as if credit will provide all the resources you need. But I would ask, “Who walks alongside you in the true fellowship?”





Strangers No More – Good News for July 3

3 07 2010

St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 2:19-22

Brothers and sisters,

You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.

Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

The Daily Path: One of the greatest gifts I have been given is the fellowship of others who openly acknowledge their faith in God. Not only have I met other follower citizens of Christ through my parish and GNTG, I also have formed some amazing bonds of brotherhood through the men’s spirituality groups I participate in. Truly, when Jesus called me to follow, he didn’t ask me to take the journey alone.





Fellowship – Good News for October 28

28 10 2009

Luke 6:12-16

Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

The Daily Path: On Sunday, I will join a group of old friends for a few days of golf on the Monterey (CA) Peninsula. We all used to work together on the corporate treadmill and had the chance to play a fair amount of golf with each other while entertaining our customer base. About ten years ago we decided to start a fall tradition of blending a few days of bad golf with exceptional fellowship. Last year I wasn’t able to attend. The guys all knew about my business and financial struggles and didn’t want to embarrass me by making a big deal over my absence. For this I was grateful.

Not much had changed for me when the 2009 event planning began this past spring. Recognizing my situation, some of the guys got together and discussed the likelihood that once again I wouldn’t be able to attend. Apparently that option was not acceptable to them. Over the summer they reached out periodically with a barter approach, quietly ensuring I’d be able to make all the deposits and payments for the trip. They even found ways to get me out on the golf course to play a bit… without any cost to me.

I can’t comment on all the reasons that Jesus brought his fellowship of men together. I can offer that He knew dark hours lay ahead when the company of trusted friends would be of great comfort. And I’m sure that the Apostles did bring a smile to His face, thus helping Him along the way. The Apostles couldn’t possibly comprehend Jesus’ trials, just as no one can completely walk in our own shoes. But having friends who look beyond their own steps to make another’s journey a little bit easier must be another one of the lessons to be learned from Christ’s example of fellowship.

Room to Chat: Lord, thank you for the comfort and grace of fellowships in my life.

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The Fellowship – Good News for October 28

28 10 2008

Luke 6: 12-16

Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God.

When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. 

The Daily Path: I’m fortunate to have been included in the first men’s spirituality group at my parish. We are small group who have grown to trust one another in an amazingly short period of time. We share our joys and challenges freely knowing that there is nothing but genuine interest and concern for all in the room. We’re not the Apostles but, like the first twelve, God has brought us together in a fellowship that I find remarkable. We don’t know how our group will evolve but I know the Spirit is at work within us and good things will come of it.