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Men’s Breakfast for September
September 16, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Our September men’s breakfast is this coming Saturday, Sept 16th at 7:30–8:30am in the Fellowship Hall. Our menu is French Toast casserole, sausage, fresh fruit, coffee, hot tea, and juice.
For the program, I am again using a poem by Steve Garnaas-Holmes from his blog Unfolding Light as our discussion starter. The scripture is Deuteronomy 5:12 Observe the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. Steve’s poem speaks, I believe, to a problem men have in particular. We define who we are by what we do and accomplish, and this is to our detriment.
“Whether in Egypt or not you remember slavery,
to be a thing, replaceable,
valued according to your output,
by how you make someone else happy.
That isn’t you.
You are the blossoming of God’s delight,
even in your sleep.
Once in a while, stop.
Stop doing, stop proving yourself.
Lay down your bricks.
Lay down your bales of cotton.
Stop for a moment, an hour, a day,
and the slave-master’s voice rises up,
Be satisfied for someone else
to be dissatisfied with you.
Just be, without use.
Let God do the same.
Or is God just a tool, a thing?
Learn to carry this mystery with you
in every breath:
you are who you are, not what you do.
It is good now and then to stop and be,
Kim has told me that we are human “beings”, not human “doings”. How do you practice Sabbath? What have you tried to help you be okay with who you are, not what you’ve done recently? What has worked, what has not? Is this even a problem for you? Or is it just my problem? (I don’t think so)
I look forward to seeing people this Saturday.