Last week my wife and I went to Corpus Christi, Texas, and stayed at a hotel by the harbor. There, we attended the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas' 113th Council. I was a one of the 3 elected delegates from my church, so it was a true honor, especially since I got to participate in the election of our new Suffragan Bishop, The Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson. The theme for this year's Council came from Revelation 21:5, "Behold, I make all things new."
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The theme was chosen by our Bishop Coadjutor, David Reed, because he interprets "behold" as a word of hope and call to action for the Church in church matters and in the world. He sees Revelation as a call for us to seek "real life and peace and healing" during our times of "pain, sin, confusion, division and hopelessness." "The future fulfillment envisioned and promised in Revelation bends back upon present times, shedding light, transforming lives, sending us into our communities and our culture."
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Therefore, although they were long days of meetings, reports, elections, and other church business, I found comfort and strength in the underlying message. I realized that even if it's not much, my humble words and actions to benefit others can make a difference. Rather I share inspirational posts and artwork through social media, take communion to the sick, work with my students, help with community events, etc, I can contribute to the welfare of my family, community, and the world at large.
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I hope this summary of my experience inspires you to take charge and make a difference in this world, no matter how small a task that may be. A simple smile can make a world of difference, so pass it on. Anyway, I want to thank all my followers, as well as everyone who takes the time to leave a comment. It truly means a lot to me. Peace - Paz - Shalom!