Thursday, July 2, 2020


Dear All of Us,

Remember what fun it was when we were kids playing 
                    Follow the Leader
and its kiss'n cousin, 
                    Simon Says?
They were high energy, exciting, social and challenging.
Success meant following the leader exactly,
doing just as Simon said and did. 
The foil was to foul out by not doing so exactly.

Well, here we are, kids still,
but with a pile on of years, experiences
(and often pounds as not so well). 
We're still at it, 
following leads and leaders, 
doing as some sort of Simon says.
What's different,
critically different,
are the results. 
They don't mean winning or loosing a game.
They determine whether we win or lose in life.
That depends on:
        - who's lead we follow
        - what sort of Simon is having the say in our lives
        - just how fully/exactly or not we follow along and follow through.

So, let's do our own spiritual version of
         "Take me to your leader" -
             Simon or other wise -
who/what leads are we following,
who/what has the "say" in our spiritual life.

          - the phony self 
                  costumed as 
                     self centeredness,
                                       lust - 
                                            the whole clan closet of such sad
          - materialism, consumerism -
                                           "spend self on stuff"
          - a life style 
                        stalled on the surface of things,
                                            stifling spirit
          - the "say" 
                        coming from a not at all "social" media
          - politicians and public practitioners 
                        leading to our polarization and their privilege

             " Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind.  
               And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch."
                                                                                                      Matthew 15:14 


Rather than be dumped in a deadly ditch,
we can soar to the heights.
In one way and many,
Jesus offers lead,
asks to share His Soul Say:
             - "Come, follow me."Matthew then - us now 
                                                                              Matthew 9:9
             - "Take my yoke upon you, learn from me 
                 for I am gentle and humble of heart, 
                 and you will find rest for your souls. 
                 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
                                                                              Matthew 11: 29-30
             - "I am the way, the truth and the life."  
                                                                              John 14:6
             - "Abide in me as I abide in you."
                                                                              John 15:4
             - "I have come that they might have life
                and have it to the full."
                                                                             John 10:10
             - "You have the words of eternal life." 
                (Simon Peter when many refused 
                to follow the lead of Jesus)
                                                                             John 6: 68

                  - "I am the light of the world."
                                                                             John 8:12

In multiples of many, 
Paul urges us to follow 
   Jesus The Christ 
so closely and completely 
that we are One,
that we live
 "en Christo"
 -"I live now not I, but Christ lives in me."               Galatian 2:20
Talk about a good lead.
That's a God lead!

Fully following the lead of Jesus,
hearing and heeding his "say":
               - we see everything in his light
               - we hear and live his life giving word
               - we think his way
               - we act and react his way
               - we are the body of Christ 
               - we live his life style in our circumstances
               - we share in his death and his resurrection
                 through "the downs and ups" of our daily living 
                 as we whole heartedly follow his lead to life
               - we participate in his work of helping and healing 
                 the hurt and the rejected - people and planet
               - we open to his working through us for justice
               - we experience mystical union with his Abba
               - we follow through on what he says and does.

To Follow the Leader, 
   Jesus The Christ, 
opens us so that 
his Spirit is the surge 
that electrifies and energizes us 
to the very heights, 
to divine and endless 
     Love and Life - 
       now ours!!

The qualifier here is 
just how "exactly" we 
   Follow the Leader
just how completely we do as
      Jesus Says.

Fifty plus years ago on our 
Ordination Retreat,
a soul savvy priest 
put the whole thing this way:
        "If you were on trial for being a Christian
         would there be enough evidence 
         to convict you?"

Now there's a 
Soul Search,
and lets be sure 
to so search regularly.

All things being at least a little equal next week,
let's launch the first of a summer Soul Series  
on following Jesus by following his lead in 
         The Sermon On the Mount. 

Whom we follow,
who/what has the telling "say" in our living, 
and how fully or not we follow along and follow through, 
determines where we go and how we get there.
Our spiritual life sure is the ultimate in
                FOLLOW THE LEADER

   Let's prayerfully support each other as we
   follow along and follow through with Jesus.

             In The Love Who Is God

                     John Frank


We've had many new folks joining us this past week,
with especially large groups from Germany, the United Kingdom 
and again Romania among them.
One and all please know you are welcome and we are blessed.

              "frankly speaking"
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