I spent most of yesterday with some really wonderful people from Hope Today Magazine(check them out at www.hopetodaymagazine.com). It's a very cool publication, and they're doing a story on me that will be featured in their July issue. They flew in and came straight to the church to do a great interview, and a photo shoot in my office, in the Sanctuary, in the Cafe and at my house, and we really had a beautiful time together. They totally got (and loved) our church and our ministry (I showed them Curtis' "Bishop's Wonderful Life", which they thought was hysterical), and we talked about everything and laughed a lot and had lunch together. I even took them all down to Mom and Dad's "parsonage" to hang out for a little while. I've done interviews for other magazines, but this was, by far, the most positive experience that I've ever had doing this kind of thing.
I'm glad that you enjoyed the post on the prayer of St. Francis yesterday, and I enjoyed reading your responses to it. It took a long time to put the pictures together, but I was blessed to do it. The guy with the injuries was a victim of gang violence, and the woman crying was a mother who had just lost her son to the same thing. Here's another famous prayer that is in some ways similar...one is about peace, the other is about serenity. You're no doubt familiar with the first four lines of this one, as they are used in AA and in other 12 step programs, but here is the entire prayer, written by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr:
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time
Enjoying one moment at a time
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
What are your impressions of this one?
One more thing...I want to leave this with you today:
ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you--rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!(Isaiah 60:1 - AMP)
And, also, for those of you who heard the message Sunday, and are looking forward to Part II, these two images are for you...
Enjoy your day...