Minister's Corner Archive

November 2013

The Rev. Wendy Pantoja


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.   

                                                                                                                   -Melody Beattie

There is so much for which to be grateful.  Yet, need and suffering seem to go rampant, sometimes clouding our vision of our blessings and what could be.  In this season of gratitude, let us look past the clouds with kindness and generosity.  Let us see our role in contributing toward making this a better world. Here are a few things we can do:

    • Let us join the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee in the struggle for human rights.  On November 24th we launch the Guest At Your Table (GAYT) campaign.  The “virtual” meal you offer could help create a feast of hope and compassion for many. 

    • Sign up for a tour and visitation at the Krome Immigration Detention Center.  The detainees are very much in need of allies and contact with the outside world.  You will go in a stranger and come out a friend to someone trying to cling to hope.

    • Donate time, talent, and/or treasure to a worthy cause of your choosing.  In so doing, you may be bringing some peace and order to the chaos and confusion of oppression.

    • And, if these are more than you can do right now, then simply give the gift of a smile, a kind word, a nod of acknowledgement and appreciation to a loved one, a pet, a stranger.

No one person and no one action can singularly end injustice and oppression.  But if we band together, the dent we make each time is greater, the ripple effect is wider, and the legacy we hand over to succeeding generations will grow exponentially.

This season, may we express our gratitude by sharing our bounty of blessings.

En paz y fe,
Rev. Wendypaz

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