The weather; it must be the weather. For some reason, I find myself focused on the wedding at the church this Saturday and the baptism on Sunday, but it’s only Wednesday. And by the time you read this article, both of those events will be over. Celeste Quire will have become Celeste Vonderschmitt of Kenny & Celeste Vonderschmitt. Amanda Driskell will have sufficiently been covered with the waters of baptism and become a member of JCC.

So, I will not try to write a pithy or challenging article this day. Instead, I will share some wisdom from others.

“Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God’s will.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

"A Christian “campaign to stamp out sin” will always bring about less light, love and wholeness in the world than a “campaign to live in love.” Instead of focusing solely on not sinning, progressive Christians seek to emphasize following Jesus’ over-arching teachings that God is love, God loves us, and we are called to love ourselves and our neighbors in response." (Reflection of a clergy friend)

"Those who are not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." (Muhammad Ali)

"Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall." (Ray Bradbury)

We have a choice. We can either spend our time cursing the lousy weather or enjoy the day right where we are. What we want is not always what we get in life. We may not have chosen our current circumstances, but we can choose whether we’ll live in a state of disappointment and discontent or search out the treasures hidden in the unexpected and imperfect. (Adapted from a Daily Guidepost devotion supplied by Mary Duttlinger)

"It’s impossible to live with fear, anxiety, and negativity when you’re constantly enumerating all that you are grateful for." "Be anxious for nothing; be grateful for everything." (Valorie Kondos Field; supplied by my brother-in-law, Don Knight)

"At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent." "Cherish your human connections - your relationships with friends and family." (Barbara Bush [1925-2018])