January 24, 2015

Cell Phone Addiction

At a college night program in Sunbury, Pennsylvania in 1957,  a representative from Bell Telephone predicted that in the future  everyone would carry a small device which could fit in a pocket or a pocketbook. 

The device he described would enable people to call or receive calls from anywhere in the world. We were still doing dial up in 1957, so what we heard was the stuff of science fiction.   

The first thing I look for in the morning are my glasses, and the second is my cell phone. I check my messages and check the temperature. Most of the time each day, the cell phone is by my side ready to take or make calls or to answer any question like “Who deflated the New England footballs?”  

I use my cell phone often, but I’m not obsessed with it. I was shocked to read a report that the average American looks at his/her cell phone 150 times each day. That means many people use it even more often. The cell phone is dominating their lives and that’s an obsession. That’s an addiction. 

In Chapter six of Deuteronomy, Moses said this about God’s commandments:
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” 
The Law of Moses has been replaced.  The only thing tied to our heads today is a cell phone!

January 15, 2015

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

In the Twelfth Chapter of the Gospel according to Mark, it is reported that Jesus made the following references to love when asked which commandment is most important:
“The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel:The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your  soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. ’ The second is this:   ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. ’  There  is no  other   commandment greater than these.”
The self-love to which Jesus refers is not the original sin of pride which is responsible for all other sins. Jesus’ reference to self-love recognizes that wanting to be healthy and happy and wanting adequate food, clothing and shelter is not evil. It is human nature and part of who we are at the core. Love of self is natural and common in all people.  

Jesus reminds us that whatever we seek for ourselves because of our human nature, we are commanded to seek it for our neighbor … and seek it with the same passion and commitment. 

As the New Year begins, let us reaffirm our love for our Creator and our neighbor by giving generously of our talents, our energy and our good fortune.

January 8, 2015

The LED Light that is Jesus

“Americans sure do love their Christmas lights,” writes Sid Perkins in ScienceShot, an online publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. NASA scientists suggest it’s a light that even aliens orbiting Earth could notice.

Data from weather satellites suggest lights in some major U. S. cities glow 20 to 50 percent more during the Christmas and New Year Holidays than other times of the year. It begins on Black Friday and continues until after New Year’s Day.

Increasingly, the lights of choice for the holiday season are LEDs, Light Emitting Diodes, an option that lasts longer and uses up to 90 percent less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs. Consumer Reports suggests that some holiday LED lights claim to last 100,000 hours! 

In her recent meditation, Rev. Judy White-Wunder, pastor of the Bluff Point United Methodist Church, introduced her congregation to a LED light that will never go out. That light is Jesus Christ, a Light, Eternal and Divine (LED)

The love, compassion and forgiveness that is available to each one of us who believe Jesus is a Light, Eternal and Divine does not cost a penny. All that is required is a connection. Are you connected to the Light, Eternal and Divine that is Jesus?
"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
                                                               John 8:12