Message from the Rector
August 9, 2020
Dear People of God,
Message from the Rector
As we start another day, attitude is critical. As I have mentioned many times before, there are two ways of waking up in the morning. We can begin our day by saying, “Good morning, God!” or “Good God, morning!” The choice is ours.
There is a lesson to be learned with the wisdom and innocence of children. A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4- to 8-year-olds – “What does love mean?” The answers they received were broader and deeper than anyone would have imagined. So relax . . . enjoy . . . give thanks to God for this day . . . and pass along the following to family and friends . . . for we all need to smile (and virtual hug) during these days of COVID-19.
What is Love?
“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” – Rebecca, age 8
“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” – Karl, age 5
“Love is when you got out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” – Chrissy, age 6
“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” – Terri, age 4
“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is O.K.” – Danny, age 7
“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” – Bobby, age 7
“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend whom you hate.” – Nikka, age 6
“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day.” – Noelle, age 7
“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.” – Tommy, age 6
“During my piano recital, I was on stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.” – Cindy, age 8
“My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.” – Clare, age 6
“Love is when mommy gives daddy the best piece of chicken.” – Elaine, age 5
“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” – MaryAnn, age 4
“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” – Lauren, age 4
“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” – Karen, age 7
“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” – Jessica, age 8
And the final one – Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child. The winner was a four-year-old child whose next-door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked him what he has said to the neighbor, the little boy said, “Nothing. I just helped him cry.”
With blessings and gratitude,
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