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Good Morning Nanty Glo!          Advent - 27 days to Christmas    Sunday, November 28 2004 

Frank Charney. Click for profile.On facing life

For years I have always kept a copy of a sermon or message titled “On Facing Life” that I thought was inspirational and uplifting. I would like to share it with you as I think the message remains timeless and offers solace. Surprisingly, it was written a long time ago, before the stress and concerns of modern-day living. Too often, we can easily forget the advice offered in its passages. The complete sermon follows:

ON FACING LIFE

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the tree and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations; in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with the soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

Found in old St. Paul’s Church, Baltimore, Maryland; date 1692 

— Frank Charney 

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Advent thought for today

Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years.... Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.

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