CHESTERFIELD, N.H. - This sermon title is a phrase attributed to Holbrook Jackson. In it, he seems to suggest that in order to be happy, a good amount of intentionality is involved. To be happy is a choice and it can be difficult to sustain this in the face of adversity.
If you have been a patient biding your time in a physician’s waiting room, the narratives that people share can sometimes be an exercise in "one up man ship." If one person has had a fracture, the next person has had a compound fracture...and the next to speak may have had multiple fractures. Where we choose to focus can determine whether we see the world as welcoming ...or hostile.
Additionally, our views are contagious. Our families and friends pick up on our messages and are easily influenced by what we say and value.
This Sunday honors our Ceremony of Water Communion. We will gather our waters to share with those being brought into the love and concern of the church. This will certainly be an opportunity to express our happiness, courageously. Arthur H. Reublinger, Compassionate Care Hospice Chaplain, will officiate. Everyone is invited to this 10 a.m. service.