-----Original Message----- Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 5:11 PM It has always seemed to me that we bless people and things, shrimp fleets and pets, homes or crosses, but that we do not bless any human relationship except matrimony. -------------------------- XXXXXX, you are missing out on some of the major wonders God wants us to experience. When I bless others I find that the blessing always comes back to me manifold. In an important sense, I can never give a blessing "away." It stays alive. God is not stingy and does not want us to be. We are not called to be God's embosser, deciding who is and is not worthy of God's blessing. Those who try set themselves up for an agenda that will cut them off from the joy God intends for them. Occasionally some have told me at General Convention that they moved out of the line so as not to have to take communion from the same cup or to receive the bread or wine from my hands. I am always amazed by their sadness. It seems important for them not only to come to their conclusions but also to let me know their conclusions, as if I am sitting around waiting for their imprimatur. I'm not. I have been baptized. I grieve that they do not know the blessing that God wants to give to us all. God has already, once and for all, at Calvary put all sin, known and unknown, as far as the East is from the West. She invites us to do the same and to join Her in love that is prodigal and promiscuous. She loves and blesses us all, in myriads of relationships. We cannot expect to understand God's blessings until we learn to bless one another and to receive God's blessings from those least like ourselves. God uses their faces all the time. Rejoice! God loves you and Louis just as much as God loves Ernest and me, and we are very happy that the two of you are back home again. L. Louie Crew Chair of the Newark Deputation. Member of Executive Council.
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