Monday, September 3, 2018

God's Call

On this Labor Day, the last day of summer vacation, let us take a moment to remember all those who labor.  There are many people in our lives who labor and work for the betterment of our world.  I came across the following statement about some of our early laborers and thought it would be good to share.

Jacob cheated, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul committed murder, Gideon was insecure, Miriam gossiped, Martha worried, Thomas doubted, Sarah was impatient, Elijah was moody, Moses stuttered, Zacchaeus was short, Abraham was old, and Lazarus was dead ... God doesn't call the qualified; He qualifies the called. We all know we are not perfect but God is still working in us to help us to be better laborers. 

As we enjoy this day let us not mourn the passing of summer rather let us rejoice in the call we have received by our loving God to be people of faith, hope and love.  

Pat Schifini, OSU

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Care for Creation

Today we commemorate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.  In his message, Pope Francis, writes, “The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will offer individuals and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal commitment to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which He has entrusted to our care, and to implore His help for the protection of creation as well as His pardon for the sins committed against our world in which we live.”  Today begins a six week celebration of creation.  As we honor our earth this day may we all take the time and effort necessary to make a difference by showering our earth with care and respect.  We need to heed the call to care for our earth in new and intentional ways.  Remember our earth is God’s gift to us to treat with love, care and respect.

Pat Schifini, OSU