Wishing People Well

I saw this quote this morning in my readings. I don’t know the author. These are words pointing to a valuable practice. Joan Chittister suggested, “Try saying this silently to everyone and everything you see for thirty days: I wish you happiness now and whatever will bring happiness to you in the future.”

She suggested saying this to the ponds and lakes, and maybe we would stop using them as garbage dumps. But we should try saying this to everyone meet–and maybe even those we don’t.

There is a meme floating around Facebook land. I didn’t read the whole thing. This is actually a new thing. In order to get around Facebooks algorithms, you are told to get a group on Messenger and then ask everyone on the group to spread it through your Messenger list.

I have to confess. I didn’t read the whole thing. This is not the kind of Christian I wish to be associated with. The message had something to do with disparaging various types of human beings. I stopped reading and found a way to remove myself from further messages.

Jon Swanson has been quoting from the letter of James on his blog. Second chapter today. James is advising the new gatherings of Christians not to consider dividing people into groups and favoring one over the other. He says the supreme commandment of loving one another means, well, to love one another. James tells us that the one another is all of us.

We just cannot seem to avoid poring through scriptures looking for verses that reinforce our prejudices rather than simply living the words of Jesus.

I wish you all happiness now and whatever will bring happiness to you in the future. All of you.

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