Being A Child In the Rain of God

Peter Pan

Being A Child in the Reign of God

Ephesians 4: 22-23

“. . .to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness.”

    The last week and a half have been a peaceful time, phone off, resting, reading, no Face Book, no Snap chat, simply being.  But my mind always wrestles with my failures and my struggles, and I ask myself the question, am I a failure, have I been a lousy priest. And my mind goes back to the day I received the call from the District Superintendent when I was 17 appointing me to my first student appointment, in Marston, Missouri. I remember being so happy and I shared the news with Lucy, who had been my nanny for several years, and her expression shined with a smile as she said: “Remember when you put your hand to the plow, never look back.” And I never looked back. I always walk forward in joy, and happiness with my call, and my life.

     It is funny when I am told by someone that I act like  a “child”,  and that I should take life seriously. A person wrote a dissertation on counseling styles and he wrote about me and named my style the “Peter Pan Method”, because of the way I enter into the lives of youth. My friend
Vicki once tole me, “you will always be a kid, your best quality.” The best compliment I have ever had.

“Happiness is our natural state. Happiness is the natural state of little children to whom the Kingdom belongs, until they have been polluted and contaminated by the stupidity of society and culture.” Anthony de Mello

    I always have time for people; I play in everything I do, unless it is fun, it is not worth doing; I let people be who they are and do not tell them what to do; I hang with people of all ages, races, religious backgrounds and ages.

    Norms and expectations of society feed spiritual toxicity bloating its owner. Norms and expectations blot the natural acts of living, acting, and wondering, which are as natural as our breathing in and breathing out. So I work at saying no thank you to the norms and expectations of our materialistic  society.  No thank you to the spirituality of toxic spills and warnings regarding refusal to engage in those norms and expectations. No thank you, I honestly want to hold on to my joy. I am a child of God!

   

Ephesians 4: 22-23

“. . .to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness.” Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Philip Workman Memorial Banquet

May 9, 20019

12 Noon

Civic Center, Polk Street side

Come and honor Philip in feeding the homeless, in protest of the death penalty and join in feeding the homeless pizza sandwiches.

Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

Need Help Wednesday to Make Sandwiches!

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