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If you don’t know the kind of person I am
and I don’t know the kind of person you are
a pattern that others made may prevail in the world
and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.

So begins William Stafford’s poem, “A Ritual to Read to Each Other”, a reminder of the importance of listening carefully to each other and sharing our stories with each other. It never fails to amaze me at how little effort we make to really get to know one another within our church family. Most of us prefer to keep our masks on, all the while proclaiming that we are brothers and sisters in the Lord.

Stafford closes his poem with these stirring words:

For it is important that awake people be awake,
or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
the signals we give — yes or no, or maybe —
should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.

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In the Moment

“Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.” —THÍCH NHÂ’T HAHN

“All real living is meeting.” ― Martin Buber, I and Thou

In today’s hyperconnected world, most people are in a constant battle throughout their day, which is usually worrying about the future or reflecting on the past and how it could have been different. All this back-and-forth between the past and future can eat up your time and distract you. Not being present is one of the biggest stealers of your time.

Steven Griffith, The Time Cleanse: A Proven System to Eliminate Wasted Time, Realize Your Full Potential, and Reinvest in What Matters Most (McGraw-Hill, 2018)

“Therefore be very careful how you live—not as unwise but as wise, taking advantage of every opportunity [καιρόν], because the days are evil. For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise by understanding what the Lord’s will is.” (Eph. 5:15–17; NET)

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