Archive for Spiritual

New Beginnings and Final Endings

There has to be endings to create new beginnings. An old year ends and a New Year begins, full of promises of change and new experiences. Mitch Albom, author of “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” wrote: “All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”

It’s a great way to look at endings in our lives. Some endings, such as the death of a loved one, will leave you sad, but if you can accept it as an entire host of good memories and eventually go on with what the new beginnings have in store for you, you’ll live a happier and more fulfilled life.

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Getting Dressed In The Dark

Remember in the dark what you have seen in the light.  -Jack Modesat

Interesting thing about darkness is that no amount of it can withstand the tiniest bit of light.  Just can’t be done.  Darkness must flee at the instance of light.  Yet our lives are surrounded by the darkness of this fallen world.  In it, we tend to stumble along, cursing flashlights that need batteries, trying to remember where the light switch is, holding our hands out so we don’t run into to things.  Darkness also has a tendency to fuel our fear of the unknown.

For the first 40 years of my life, I was in darkness.  Oh sure, I had enough lights on around me to think it didn’t matter.  Every now and then I’d venture out to the edge and run fearfully back to the middle where it was comfortable and safe.  But then God reached out and got a hold of me, taking me on an incredible life journey and now since 1999 I can finally say I have turned on the lights.  Stadium lights full on – Daylight 24/7.

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Joe was especially helpful to me in taking my visionary ideas and then clothing them, not just with graphics, but also in actual long range plans that could then be used to bring others into shared tasks of implementing those plans.

Zeb Bradford Long, Executive Director PRMI