Posts Tagged ‘peace’

One of the first lessons of faith is also the hardest for me: There is a God, and I’m not it! Whether my heart is heavy with worry or sadness, or I’m burned out from the day-to-day grind, that’s when I have to remember this important rule more than ever. I’m not God, and not every load is mine to carry, at least not by myself. God is there to help me!

Come to me, all you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
– Jesus (Matthew 11:28-29)

What burdens are you shouldering right now? What’s weighing heavily on your heart or mind? Are you able to let it go or hand it over to God? Be still. Breathe deeply. And ask God to take it from here. Remember: God’s got this!

Love,
Mark

 

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Children reveal values at Christmas

Children reveal true values at Christmas.

Want to know what is truly important to children? Ask them what their favorite part of Christmas was. After worship yesterday, I did just that. And, boy, was I in for a shocker! (more…)

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On the 12th day of Christmas, my true-love gave to me a look back at the spiritual journey of the Old Stone Church which brought us to this day. I doubt you will ever get through the videos in this post in one sitting (or at all), but perhaps there was something that truly spoke to you as you made your way to Bethlehem again this year. Please feel free to share your Advent/Christmas comments below, or share these Advent/Christmas videos with others. May God bless you this 12th Day of Christmas, tomorrow (Monday) on Epiphany and the throughout the whole year ahead!

Peace and Love,
R. Mark Giuliano
The Old Stone Church

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Are you thinking of making a New Year’s resolution this year? Read this first! Even if you’re not, I hope you find this as inspirational as I did.

I was attempting to write something profound about New Year’s resolutions this week when I learned that an old friend of mine added a ramp to his house. No one in his family needs a ramp. And he didn’t install it to increase the value of his home. He built the ramp so that his wheelchair-bound neighbor and longtime friend who has ALS could come over and visit anytime he wanted. His friend would never have to miss a backyard cookout, a football game on television or the annual post-church Christmas Eve party either.

I’ve decided that I have nothing to add. My friend’s benevolent act says it all: at New Year’s or any other day on the calendar, the best resolution we can ever make is to a bring a little more peace, love and understanding to the world through our gracious acts of kindness and compassion.

God Bless You All for a Healthy, Happy and Compassionate 2014
R. Mark Giuliano
The Old Stone Church, Cleveland

You know you’re getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It’s like, ‘See if you can blow this out.’

Jerry Seinfeld