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  • If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. (1 John 4:20-21, ESV)

Archive for November, 2011

I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to see that we are
blessed beyond comprehension and we have many people in our lives ready and
willing to help us overcome the challenges in our path.

SAIL ON

My friend and neighbor gave me a book recently. It is called Parables From
The Sea and was written by Robbins Wolcott Barstow. What amazed me about
it was that in the first few pages I found a paragraph that describes my
friend perfectly. It goes: “I often think of the way some people are
always leaving trails of light and gladness as they sail on through life.
There must be a great many who do for I know a lot of them. They are the
kind of people you are happy to meet anywhere, in a shop or on a street or
at home.”

That quote made me think not only of my friend, but also of all the other
people over the years who have blessed my life’s voyage with their light
and gladness. There was my Mom and my Grandma whose shining love guided me
over the rough waters of childhood and all the storms that went with it.
There was my Aunt and my Dad who kept me sailing on through the heartbreak
after my Mom and Grandma died and back towards a joyous horizon once
again. There were my two brothers and three children who taught me how to
find the joy in life even on the fiercest days when the waves crashed
against my ship.

There were my teachers, neighbors, and friends who showed me the many ways
to steer my boat into the peaceful harbors of love and happiness that life
gives us. Each and every one of these people taught me a little more about
sailing the ship of my life. Each and every one of them showed me as well
to always look towards God’s North Star and to always set my sails with
the winds of His love.

May all of you always sail on towards greater love and joy in your own
lives. May all of you always bless those around you with trails of light
and gladness as well. But most of all may all of you always keep your
ships guided by God’s loving light and never forget the true place that
you are sailing towards.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see how
beneficial it is when a burden is shared. We can’t do everything on our
own and the sooner we realize that the quicker we will triumph over the
obstacles in our path.

PILLARS ON YOUR PORCH

You may have heard writer Elizabeth Foley’s insightful words: “Friends in
your life are like pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up and
sometimes they lean on you. Sometimes it’s just enough to know they’re
standing by.” It’s true. The difficulties of life are easier to manage
with friends.

In the book Schindler’s Legacy, authors Elinor J. Brecher and Jill Freedman
interview some of the people saved by the Nazi Oscar Schindler. One
survivor says this about the sufferings of her life: “I survived Auschwitz
and all the atrocities of the war. But the most difficult thing I ever
had to face was losing my 39-year-old daughter to cancer.”

The army of modern medicine could not save her daughter. This woman went
through the war and concentration camp experience with people; she suffered
alongside of them. But she fought this other terrible battle alone.

We are all survivors! In some way we have each encountered something
potentially devastating, and we overcame. And the overcoming of it was
easier with the companionship of others.

Isn’t it true that very few burdens are heavy if everyone lifts? And for
some reason they seem lighter when we just know that, though others may
not be lifting, they are standing by.

If you’re trying to lift a burden alone, this may be a good time to reach
out. Others may be waiting to help lift. Or, like porch pillars, they may
at least be there to lean on.

By Steve Goodier