Many of you will be gathering this Thanksgiving with family to share family traditions and to catch up on what is happening in all of your lives. I pray that the time that you have will allow you to remember why family time is so very important. It is time that we should never take for granted. We indeed have a lot to be thankful for.
I do have a prayer request for each of you and that is that as you travel to where you are going, or are preparing for everyone else to arrive, that you say two prayers. First, I think that it would be a good idea to say a prayer for your family gathering so that any hard feelings may be left at the door. Second, I would like all of you to say a prayer for those families who are going to find this Holiday difficult because of some loss or family issues. Let us pray that even in their pain they will be able to experience something within the day for which to be thankful.
God’s continued peace,
We have all found ourselves in the unpleasant situation of something not going as we expected or hoped and thus we were behind the eight ball as they say. Now what? How do we handle these frustrating moments? Do we compound the problem by wasting energy complaining about how we believe that we have been cheated or robed? As we all know this is non-productive and nothing is gained. In prayer may we ask God to help us accept what is and face the new reality face on. Not all set backs are bad in the end. The Choice is up to us.
God’s continued Peace!
As you all know, this week people from all over the United States will come together to vote for individuals who are to represent us on the local and State level, as well as a Country. I first want to commend all of the Candidates for the willingness to be a part of the Democratic process. This process is one of the things that makes our Country great. It is a process that we all need to be engaged in to help ensure that our voice is heard.
Now I have a prayer request and that is that we will spend time in prayer between now and Tuesday to pray for two things. First, that we as individuals will vote for the individuals who will be best able to lead our Communities, our State, and our Country in the direction that will help all of us as citizens hold up the values that are most important. Values that help us to see the worth that is within ourselves and in others. The second prayer request I have is that we pray that those who are elected will see the role as one of service. As the Rotary motto goes: Service above Self! May this be everyone’s motto especially those who are elected to serve us.
God’s Continued Peace,
Fr. Yvon J. Royer