Side note: I questioned whether I should publish this post or not. I think the message is very relevant, but the topic is also sensitive. I have actually been feeling a lot of turmoil this weekend over all of this....for several reasons. This is the time of year all of this happened a few years ago. Also, I was invited to a gathering that I would have loved to have attended, for several friends I haven't seen for years were going to be there....but so was "he".....so I stayed home, and missed out. I have to laugh, considering the fact that only a few days ago I was writing about how I "haven't felt this peaceful and content in years"....and then one memory hits, and it throws me into a tailspin. I am sure we have all dealt with that...which is one reason I will send this out into cyberspace. The other reason is this: I started writing this before playing for church Saturday evening. I definitely felt like a power higher than myself was sending me a message when the Second Reading began. Allow me to share a portion of it with you...
Brothers and Sisters: If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing. Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others. Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus.