Sept 11th, 2011

FROM THE PULPIT...

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Are you real about who you are?:

Keith Miller, a Protestant, called a Catholic priest who lived five hundred miles away and asked, "Would you hear my confession?” He made a long list of his character flaws and defects and the many people he had wronged. Then he traveled to the priest's home city, sat before him and read aloud the entire list without looking up.  
At the end, Miller held his head in his hands, waiting for a response. Silence. Miller kept expecting the blow to fall. Nothing. When he forced himself to raise his head, he saw that the priest was crying. "My 'God, Kenneth, "he said, "that's my list too." A path opened toward healing.
After experiencing the power of repentance, Miller developed a ritual of confession, a mini-inventory he goes through each night in a review of the day. He looks for signs of self-pity, self-justification, dishonesty, resentment, selfishness, and fear. As he identifies each instance, he confesses it to God and jots a note to make amends to the people he wronged, if appropriate. Then, having cleared himself of the day's toxins, he lists the good things that happened, breathes a prayer of gratitude, and goes to sleep.
Are we real about who we are and with what we struggle? Are we careful to identify and tackle the small ways we feel we are starting to get out of line? Do we pillow our head with confidence that we have truly been honest with ourselves and done our best to address the issues that give us trouble?

You may take issue with the Protestant confessing to a Catholic, or the theological interpretation of this story, but I hope you will take issue with a bigger problem- being honest and humble about yourself. If you are not vulnerable and real, it affects your ability to progress, and also affects your ability to help others. We can stand with the Pharisee and thank God that we are not like other men, or we can kneel with the Publican and ask God to forgive and touch every vulnerable area of our life, nothing hidden.

– God bless, Pastor Mike

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children. ”      President George W. Bush-

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