Turn Together

posted Jul 14, 2015, 9:47 AM by Michael Bray   [ updated Jul 19, 2015, 10:25 AM ]

For a friend, on her wedding week...

There are intersections in life,
Where souls meet,
The question then is which way to turn,
And whether or not to turn together.

If you turn together,
Promise each other this:
If it looks like a dead end road,
Build more road -
If you see a fork in the way,
Merge it -
When it gets bumpy,
Do everything in your power to smooth it.

Never forget that spark,
At that intersection,
Turn together.

Don't Think Small

posted Jul 10, 2015, 8:11 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated Jul 19, 2015, 10:25 AM ]

No matter where you are, don't think small.

Grace & Driving

posted Jul 9, 2015, 6:42 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated Jul 19, 2015, 10:26 AM ]

When it comes to modern day activities that serve to exercise our Grace, few things deliver like driving.

To put it another way, there are a lot of asshats on the road. Tonight's drive home was full of 'em.


Note: I know this is going too far... Still, if you know who Dora The Explorer is...do not, under any circumstances, substitute "asshat" for "backpack"...you'll never get it out of your head. You have been warned.

My Jesus Prayer

posted Jul 5, 2015, 12:34 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated Jul 19, 2015, 10:26 AM ]

Abba, I Belong To You*

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,

Have Mercy on This Sinner.

Holy Spirit, Guide Me Now,

In Love and Grace and Mercy.

Not my will, but Thine, be done.


*This line is from, The Furious Longing of God, Brennan Manning
About the "Jesus Prayer:: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_Prayer

Windows 10

posted Jul 4, 2015, 11:38 AM by Michael Bray   [ updated Jul 4, 2015, 11:49 AM ]

I have been involved in a lot of "technical previews," "early releases," "beta tests," etc. of Microsoft products over the years. I was in early on the Windows 10 Technical Preview and the process has been the best yet! Windows 8 was bad...very, very bad...the 8.1 update improved things quite a bit. I believe the developers have listened to both the complaints about Windows 8.0 and the feedback from the tech community on both the Windows 8.1 update and the Windows 10 Tech/"Insider" Preview.

I have two systems testing the preview and have signed up to upgrade my primary home system, from Win7 to Win10 when it is released. Microsoft seems to have realized that nobody really needs them anymore...so their focus appears to be, "how do we make them 'want' us?"

IMHO

posted Jul 3, 2015, 2:00 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated Jul 3, 2015, 2:50 PM ]

Of all the acronyms, you are my favorite: "IMHO."

Music

posted Jul 1, 2015, 8:51 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated Jul 2, 2015, 8:05 AM ]

Yes, this world is full of true Super Powers -
Love, Peace, Grace....to name a few.
Their vehicle for me has always been music,
Takes me to a place where I can Rest, Recover,
Renew.

I'm truly awful at Grace,
And Peace always seems to evade,
Love is the most elusive...
Though I feel them inside -
Without music, I am certain,
None would ever break through my hide.


Tip

posted Jun 29, 2015, 8:10 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated Jul 1, 2015, 9:12 PM ]

I Wish for all of us a Life,

Full of Peace, and Grace and Beauty.

Still it requires several things,

True Love, Hope, Honor and Duty.


Wake everyday to serve someone,

Be true to yourself, seek to serve,

Tip in "ridiculous" amounts,

With both your money...and your nerve.


Marriage Equality

posted Jun 27, 2015, 10:35 AM by Michael Bray   [ updated Jul 1, 2015, 8:37 PM ]

It pains me that many of my Christian Brothers and Sisters are tore up about yesterday's decision from the Supreme Court of the United States on marriage equality. The first link below sums it up for me. The following links are additional information resources I have found useful. 

To the many committed couples I know who can now be legally married, many of whom have been together for longer than I was married...yes, even adding the years of my first and second marriages... I am very, very happy for you. In my life I have done more to "harm" the "institution of marriage," than any of you. I know you will keep the commitment you had before this ruling, I am pleased that now your legal rights are equal.

God Bless Us, All.

Links:

"A 30-Second Guide to How the Gay Marriage Ruling Affects You"
http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/a-30-second-guide-to-how-gay-marriage-ruling-affects-you/

    Note:  to the author's line, "This decision does not affect you in any way," I would add, "unless you are a wedding planner or own a business that provides services to weddings: florist, baker, decorator, etc. The cynics among us would also add, "or a divorce lawyer"...I'm not going to go there.

Fr. James Martin, SJ, Facebook

"What does the Bible say about homosexuality?"

Note: This is chapter four of a four part series, just edit the "chapter04" bit in the link to begin with "chapter01" Interesting reading, all four chapters.


Love

Additonal Thoughts:
"Holy Matrimony" (and for some, perhaps just "Matrimony") vs. "Marriage"...yes, they are different, embrace that.

I am going to err on the side of Love, Integrity, Honesty. I might be wrong, but that is the way I am going to err.

Prayer:
John 13:34-35, King James Version (KJV)
(34) A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. (35) By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Lord God, Almighty, Creator of All,
Abba...
Papa...
You taught us how to Love, with a gift that none of us can ever repay,
The Life and Death of Your Son, and Our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Still we bicker, 
Still we fret,
This love for everyone...yeah, we haven't figured that out yet.

But honestly, Papa, the lessons from before,
Well, they've confused some, to the point where they abhor!

I humbly ask you now, as one who seeks Your Will,
Empty My weak and human Heart,
And with your Love and Grace may it Fill. 

"Hypervigilance"

posted Jun 25, 2015, 9:00 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated Jun 26, 2015, 7:50 AM ]

I was recently introduced to the term, "hypervigilance," via one of the podcasts I listen to regularly. It's a serious issue with first responders, you know, those people watching out for you 24/7 - also veterans and others. I can see it in my industry and many others as well. Of course, some individuals are more susceptible to its negative effects, and some can take it all in stride. I think this information overload world we live in currently is also contributing to an increasing number of folks who are suffering from it's negative effects.

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