A Steward’s Keys

A STEWARD’S KEYS: Week I

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OK is a spoken expression used and understood by most everyone in our world. The hand gesture for OK, (forefinger and thumb forming a circle and the three remaining fingers upright), is globally recognized. OK means: it is so, I get it, true, yes, alright. OK signifies understanding, basic well-being, an ease or peace. It is far from happiness and not a superlative but being OK is OK.

Although we say OK much more in our everyday conversation than we realize, we often do not feel OK. Sometimes our thoughts, feelings and circumstances direct us to believe that we are not really OK.

Not feeling OK? Pray!

Prayer is the key that sets us free to be OK. Prayer is the key that unlocks the treasure of the Good News. What Good News? God is always present to us whether we feel OK or not. So, we are really always OK, in fact AOK in God. God is with us regardless of our thoughts, feelings or circumstances. God is always working in us, in others and in all ways. Awakening to God who is nearer to us than we are to ourselves, helps us to feel OK. No matter how miserable our circumstance, we can be OK deep within by awareness of our connection to God.

In every situation God is sustaining, providing, blessing and loving us, desiring to empower us to be more than OK. This is Good News, indeed.

OK God, what’s the Good News?

This simple prayer and reflection can be a powerful way to discern the Good News of God’s presence and gifts in our lives. There is always some good present because God is always present.

A Simple Example of Praying with the Question:
  1. I am not feeling OK because I have to write a bulletin article.
  2. I pray, think, reflect – OK God, what’s the Good News?
  3. The answer – I can discuss the ideas with my team, I’m being supported by their prayer, God is gifting me with what I need to complete the task.
  4. I thank God for the many gifts.
  5. I decide how to express my gratitude to God through service for others. I thank my co-workers.

What has changed? Nothing. I still have to write the article. Yet everything in me has changed as I am now OK – OK with God, more peaceful in myself, more loving to others.
During the week when you’re not OK, pray.

Prayerful Action:

Use the prayer and steps below.
Prayer is the key that unlocks the treasure of the good news of God’s presence which are the Keys to the Kingdom.

Steps

  1. Be attentive. Be honest. Be aware.
  2. Identify in what way you are not OK.
  3. Pray: OK God, what’s the Good News?
  4. Reflect; think along with God…name the good, gift, blessing, hope in the situation.
  5. Thank God for those gifts.
  6. Decide how you will express gratitude to God through service for others. Act.

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`A STEWARD’S KEYS: Week II

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Not feeling OK? Pray!

Prayer is the key that sets us free to be OK. Prayer is the key that unlocks the treasure of the Good News. What Good News?

1. God is always present to us and gifting us whether we feel OK or not. God is with us regardless of our thoughts, feelings or circumstances.
2. God is always working in us, in others and in all ways. We call this God’s Providence. Prayer awakens us to God who is nearer to us than we are to ourselves. No matter how miserable our circumstance, we can be OK deep within by awareness of God’s gifts. Prayer is the key to discovering the hidden treasure of God’s gifts or God’s Providence in all things.

The O Circle: God Gives; We Give
Like the O of OK our relationship with God is an ongoing circle of reciprocity. God provides all; we acknowledge the gifts. We give thanks to God in word and deed by choosing to act responsibly with our gifts received. God gives; we give.

The circle of mutually giving love is the heart of what it means to be a Christian Steward. We receive God’s gifts gratefully and respond in loving ways to give thanks.

A Good News Story

Bobbing wildly, sailboats were maneuvering into position to begin the race. One sailor noticed the name of the sailboat nearest to him.
“Hey,” he called out, “You named your boat—Bad News?”
“Yeah,” called back the owner, “Haven’t you heard? Bad News travels fast!”
Our expression “bad news travels fast” illustrates the often hidden treasure of the Good News in our lives. We are challenged by our spirituality to seek the Good News.

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A STEWARD’S KEYS: Week III

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Not Feeling OK? Pray!

Prayer is the key that sets us free to be OK. Prayer is the key that unlocks the treasure of the Good News.
What Good News?

  1. God is giving to us and gifting us whether we feel OK or not.
  2. God is always working in us, in others and in all ways. We call this God’s Providence. Prayer is the key to discovering the hidden treasure of God in all things.
A Good News Story

A grumpy father comes home from a very bad day at work and says to his wife, “What a rough day, please no bad news!” She prays, “OK God, what’s the Good News?” In a moment she replies, “Here’s some good news. Three of your four children didn’t break an arm today.”
The laughter they shared must have been remembered for a long time.
The Good News in the story was the freedom that the couple felt in communicating. The husband shared his being not OK; the wife truly listened to him with a compassionate heart and responded with kindness. What changed through the wife’s prayer, nothing. The child still had a broken arm. But, what changed by prayer, everything. The parents were both now OK. They were in a better place to support each other and to care for the child.
God invites us to be free in communicating through prayer when we are OK and when we are not.

How to Use the Prayer Key Question
OK God, what’s the Good News?

  1. Look. Be attentive. Be honest. Be aware.
  2. Identify in what way you are not OK.
  3. Pray: OK God, what’s the Good News?
  4. Reflect; look for God’s Providence. Name what’s good, gift (person, place or thing), blessing or hope in the situation.
  5. Thank God for those gifts.
  6. Decide how you will express gratitude to God through service for others. Act.

To read complete bulletin click here


A STEWARD’S KEYS: Week IV

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Not Feeling OK? Pray!

Prayer is the key that sets us free to be OK. Prayer is the key that unlocks the treasure of the Good News.
What Good News?

  1. God is giving to us and gifting us whether we feel OK or not.
  2. God is always working in us, in others and in all ways. We call this God’s Providence. Prayer is the key to discovering the hidden treasure of God in all things.
Good News: It Is Simpler Than We Think

A woman calls an airline to ask if she can take her dog aboard the plane. The customer-service attendant explains, “Sure, all you will need to do is to get a large container for your dog called a crate or a kennel. The crate needs to be large enough for your dog to standup, sit down, turn around, and roll over.” “Oh my,” says the woman, “I’ll never be able to teach him all of that by tomorrow!”
With a laugh and with understanding the service person gives her the Good News that it is really quite simple. All that the dog owner really needs is a crate; tricks are not required but can certainly be taught later.

When it comes to our spiritual lives it is simpler than we think. Prayer is the simple and first activity that God asks of us as Stewards.
Prayer opens us to gratitude when we experience God helping us to be OK in prayer as God did for the prophet Habakkuk in our first reading.
Prayer awakens us to the gifts all around us. Prayer releases the power, love and self-control that the Spirit gives according to Paul in his letter to Timothy.
With a simple prayer the size of the mustard seed, we are empowered to give faithful service in doing our mission of Christ’s work.
When we are Not OK, Pray. It is that simple—other tricks can be learned later.

During the next weeks we will explore our relationship with God and ways to pray by using A Steward’s Keys to the Kingdom to unlock the treasure of God in all things.

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Christian Stewards Share the Keys to the Kingdom

The hand gesture for OK, pictured above, forms an O, a circle of mutual giving as the pointer finger meets the thumb.
The burst of light symbolizes the moment in prayer when we give our thanks to God. God gives all to us (Providence) and we are invited to respond in gratitude by reaching out in love and service to others.
The three fingers extending outward toward others represent the key gifts that we share:
Time, Talent and Treasure

God Gives; We Give
A Steward is one way that Jesus uses to describe our relationship with God (Mt25:14-30, Lk12:42-48).
An oikonomos or Steward is the one in whom the master places trust by sharing responsibility for the care of all people, resources and work.
The circle of mutually giving love is the key and at the heart of what it means to be a Christian Steward.
The USCCB in their Pastoral Letter on Stewardship: A Disciples Response, write:
A Christian Steward receives God’s gifts gratefully, cultivates them responsibly, shares them lovingly in justice with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord.

To read complete bulletin click here


A STEWARD’S KEYS: Week V

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Not Feeling OK? Pray!

Prayer is the key that sets us free to be OK. Prayer is the key that unlocks the treasure of the Good News.
What Good News?

  1. God is giving to us and gifting us whether we feel OK or not.
  2. God is always working in us, in others and in all ways. We call this God’s Providence. Prayer is the key to discovering the hidden treasure of God in all things.
Only Mountains and Snow?

A couple celebrating their Golden Jubilee embarks on a dream vacation through the Alps on a luxury train. During the trip the husband takes a multitude of scenic photos and sends them home to the family to prepare a slideshow. Upon returning the family gathers. But before the show, the children notice that their mom does not seem excited. “Oh,” she says, “it was a nice enough trip but all we saw were mountains and snow, mountains and snow, mountains and snow!” However, as the show progresses she begins REFLECTING as her memories pass by on the screen. She remembers the goodness of her children planning and sending her on the trip. She Reflects on the moment that her husband touched her arm so gently to steady her when the train lurched uphill. Suddenly, grateful and misty eyed, all she can do is to silently whisper thanks to God and then, in a loud and clear voice, to her husband and family. Only mountains and snow? No, Good News and God’s blessings everywhere.

Reflection is the key that helped the woman to see the beauty and to remember the goodness of her trip. Sometimes it is difficult to find what is OK in a situation at the present moment. Reflecting during the day, before bed or early in the morning (recalling the day before) is an excellent way to pray. Reflection helps us see, appreciate and thank God for the Good News that sometimes appears, at first, as only mountains and snow.

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Christian Stewards Share the Keys to the Kingdom

The hand gesture for OK, pictured above, forms an O, a circle of mutual giving as the pointer finger meets the thumb.
The burst of light symbolizes the moment in prayer when we give our thanks to God. God gives all to us (Providence) and we are invited to respond in gratitude by reaching out in love and service to others.
The three fingers extending outward toward others represent the key gifts that we share:
Time, Talent and Treasure

God Gives; We Give

A Steward is one way that Jesus uses to describe our relationship with God (Mt25:14-30, Lk12:42-48).
An oikonomos or Steward is the one in whom the master places trust by sharing responsibility for the care of all people, resources and work.
The circle of mutually giving love is the key and at the heart of what it means to be a Christian Steward.
The USCCB in their Pastoral Letter on Stewardship: A Disciples Response, write:
A Christian Steward receives God’s gifts gratefully, cultivates them responsibly, shares them lovingly in justice with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord.

How to Use the Prayer Key Question for REFLECTION
OK God, what’s the Good News?

  1. Look. Be attentive. Be honest. Be aware.
  2. Identify in what way you are not OK.
  3. Pray: OK God, what’s the Good News?
  4. Reflect; look for God’s Providence. Name what’s good, gift (person, place or thing), blessing or hope in the situation.
  5. Thank God for those gifts.
  6. Decide how you will express gratitude to God. through service for others. Act.
  7. OK God, what’s the Good News?

    To read complete bulletin click here


    A STEWARD’S KEYS: Week VI

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    Not Feeling OK? Pray!

    Prayer is the key that sets us free to be OK. Prayer is the key that unlocks the treasure of the Good News.
    What Good News?

    1. God is giving to us and gifting us whether we feel OK or not.
    2. God is always working in us, in others and in all ways. We call this God’s Providence. Prayer is the key to discovering the hidden treasure of God in all things.
    My Cloak for My Queen

    Bishop Serratelli shares his homily with us this weekend via audio recording. He tells the story of Sir Walter Raleigh’s famous gesture of service for Queen Elizabeth I. As they stroll along together the Queen is blocked by a muddy puddle which, should she proceed, would ruin her fine garment. Raleigh takes off his embroidered cloak and throws it to the ground creating a bridge for her majesty to walk on with ease. The Queen and Raleigh, from that day forward, shared a relationship of mutual giving. Bishop points out that God continually shares gifts with us and we in turn are asked to share them with one another.

    This week we are asked to give to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal which is an excellent way to serve our brothers and sisters in need and demonstrates our gratitude to God. We are here to help each other with what we have been given. God gives; we give.

    During the last weeks we have been exploring the Good News of God and God’s gifts in our lives. As Christian Stewards we share God’s gifts, lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.

    We take ACTION as our response to God’s bounty.

    This week, as we ask the “OK” question, we are invited to concentrate on Step 6, the ACTION STEP, in the prayer process in the column opposite this one. There is always a cloak to be thrown for the good of others.
    God cannot be outdone in generosity…
    That is Good News!

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    Christian Stewards Share the Keys to the Kingdom

    The hand gesture for OK, pictured above, forms an O, a circle of mutual giving as the pointer finger meets the thumb.
    The burst of light symbolizes the moment in prayer when we give our thanks to God. God gives all to us (Providence) and we are invited to respond in gratitude by reaching out in love and service to others.
    The three fingers extending outward toward others represent the key gifts that we share:
    Time, Talent and Treasure

    God Gives; We Give

    A Steward is one way that Jesus uses to describe our relationship with God (Mt25:14-30, Lk12:42-48).
    An oikonomos or Steward is the one in whom the master places trust by sharing responsibility for the care of all people, resources and work.
    The circle of mutually giving love is the key and at the heart of what it means to be a Christian Steward.
    The USCCB in their Pastoral Letter on Stewardship: A Disciples Response, write:
    A Christian Steward receives God’s gifts gratefully, cultivates them responsibly, shares them lovingly in justice with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord.

    How to Use the Prayer Key Question for REFLECTION
    OK God, what’s the Good News?

    1. Look. Be attentive. Be honest. Be aware.
    2. Identify in what way you are not OK.
    3. Pray: OK God, what’s the Good News?
    4. Reflect; look for God’s Providence. Name what’s good, gift (person, place or thing), blessing or hope in the situation.
    5. Thank God for those gifts.
    6. Decide how you will express gratitude to God through service for others. TAKE ACTION.
    7. OK God, what’s the Good News?

      To read complete bulletin click here


      A STEWARD’S KEYS: Week VII

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      Not Feeling OK? Pray!

      Prayer is the key that sets us free to be OK. Prayer is the key that unlocks the treasure of the Good News.
      What Good News?
      God is giving to us and gifting us whether we feel OK or not. God is always working in us, in others and in all ways. We call this God’s Providence. Prayer is the key to discovering the hidden treasure of God in all things.

      Under Oath Before God

      Frank Semanski, a football great from Notre Dame in the 1940’s, was known for his great humility. He was trained at home not to brag but to tell only the truth.
      One day he was called to testify in a civil case. Recognizing the star football hero the judge asked, “Semanski, just how good of a player are you?” Red of face, but without hesitation, the player answered, “The best darn center in the history of Notre Dame!”
      Later, upon hearing about Semanski’s answer, his coach asked, “Did you really say that?” Swallowing hard and with his head lowered he answered, “I had to say I was the best, you see, I was under oath.”
      Semanski had an honest moment reporting under oath his football skill. Honesty is at the heart of our relationship with God.
      In today’s Gospel the Pharisee is busy at prayer telling God about how he is unlike sinful others but he is not aware of his honest need for God. The tax collector is honest about his need for God and so is able to pray and to receive what he needs from God. Honesty is at the heart of prayer, honesty about our gifts and about our sins, shortcomings and needs. What is Not OK? What is OK?
      As Christian Stewards we “receive God’s gifts gratefully.” An honest assessment of ourselves is needed to recognize God’s gifts. Truthfulness with ourselves reveals our needs and opportunities for God to heal, forgive, empower, gift and motivate us to be faithful stewards.

      A Christian Steward receives God’s gifts gratefully, cultivates them responsibly, shares them lovingly in justice with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord.

      REFLECTION and PROCESS

      Make some time to make an honest list of your gifts and blessings…
      Take some time to make a list of areas where you need God’s help…
      Prayer Key Question
      OK God, what’s the Good News?

      1. Look. Be attentive. Be honest. Be aware.
      2. Identify in what way you are not OK.
      3. Pray: OK God, what’s the Good News?
      4. Reflect; look for God’s Providence. Name what’s good, gift (person, place or thing), blessing or hope in the situation.
      5. Thank God for those gifts.
      6. Decide how you will express gratitude to God through service for others. Take ACTION.

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      Christian Stewards Share the Keys to the Kingdom
      The hand gesture for OK, pictured above, forms an O, a circle of mutual giving as the pointer finger meets the thumb.
      The burst of light symbolizes the moment in prayer when we give our thanks to God. God gives all to us (Providence) and we are invited to respond in gratitude by reaching out in love and service to others.

      To read complete bulletin click here


      A STEWARD’S KEYS: Week VIII

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      Not Feeling OK? Pray!
      Prayer is the key that sets us free to be OK. Prayer is the key that unlocks the treasure of the Good News.
      What Good News?
      God is giving to us and gifting us whether we feel OK or not. God is always working in us, in others and in all ways. We call this God’s Providence. Prayer is the key to discovering the hidden treasure of God in all things.

      Caped Crusaders

      The WARNING TAG on a Superman Halloween costume reads,
      “CAUTION: CAPE DOES NOT ENABLE USER TO FLY”
      One of our recent parish spirituality themes was,
      “SUPERHEROES FOR CHRIST”
      In both cases flying was not an option.
      We know that what we wear or what we call ourselves has little to do with who we really are in action. What we do defines our character and is our spirituality. Spirituality is more than professing a list of beliefs; it is living out our faith in action through our experiences. We are Christian Stewards when we share our Time, Talent and Treasure with others. We become in word and deed Good News for others. Sharing our Time, Talent and Treasure is the way our spirits fly – no cape needed.
      This weekend during the Eucharist we are praying for two groups in special ways, the sick among us through the Sacrament of Anointing and our beloved faithful departed with an honorary display of names.

      REFLECTION, PRAYER and PROCESS

      You are invited to participate through your prayer in some or in all of these activities.
      Reach out your hand. Be a steward of Good News.

      1. Recall those who are sick that you know. Pray for them. Reach out in some tangible way, telephone, write, email, send a gift…Take action.
      2. Remember loved ones from your life that are deceased. Pray for them. Pray to them. Thank them for their gifts and for the Time and Treasures that they shared with you. Have a Mass said in their memory.
      3. Reach out to someone who is grieving or has suffered a loss. Any gesture to those in pain is Good News to them.
      4. If you are suffering ask the Prayer Key Question

      OK God, what’s the Good News?

      • Look. Be attentive. Be honest. Be aware.
      • Identify in what way you are not OK.
      • Pray: OK God, what’s the Good News?
      • Reflect; look for God’s Providence. Name what’s good, gift (person, place or thing), blessing or hope in the situation.
      • Thank God for those gifts.
      • Decide how you will express gratitude to God through service for others. Take ACTION.

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      Christian Stewards Share the Keys to the Kingdom

      The hand gesture for OK, pictured above, forms an O, a circle of mutual giving as the pointer finger meets the thumb.
      The burst of light symbolizes the moment in prayer when we give our thanks to God. God gives all to us (Providence) and we are invited to respond in gratitude by reaching out in love and service to others.
      The three fingers extending outward toward others represent the key gifts that we share:
      Time, Talent and Treasure

      God Gives; We Give
      A Steward is one way that Jesus uses to describe our relationship with God (Mt25:14-30, Lk12:42-48).
      An oikonomos or Steward is the one in whom the master places trust by sharing responsibility for the care of all people, resources and work.
      The circle of mutually giving love is the key and at the heart of what it means to be a Christian Steward.

      To read complete bulletin click here


      A STEWARD’S KEYS: Week IX

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      Not Feeling OK? Pray!


      Prayer is the key that sets us free to be OK. Prayer is the key that unlocks the treasure of the Good News.
      What Good News?
      God is giving to us and gifting us whether we feel OK or not. God is always working in us, in others and in all ways. We call this God’s Providence. Prayer is the key to discovering the hidden treasure of God in all things.

      With Your Eyes Closed

      In her autobiography, Helen Hayes tells a story about her encounter with a famous Russian ballerina on a train trip from California to New York. The ballerina was fatally ill and heard that Helen Hayes was aboard the train. The ballerina asks Helen to visit with her to pass some time. Helen expected that she would be reading poetry or something in line with her being an actress. Instead, the ballerina asked her to take a small box from a shelf. Inside were the ballerina’s jewels. Helen was instructed to lift up and to hold the jewels to the light so that they would shine brilliantly. Helen’s job was to “ooh” and “ah” over their beauty. “It was the most difficult acting job I had ever been given,” Helen said, “because although I expressed delight at the jewelry all I felt like doing was bursting into tears. I thought, ‘Is this all the treasure the ballerina wants to see at the end of her life?’” Helen expressed her belief that memories of loved ones, good deeds and the beauty of God’s creation in the world are the true treasures of life. According to Helen, “True treasure can be seen with your eyes closed.”
      Jesus says, “Where your treasure is there will your heart be also.” Where are our hearts? What is our treasure?

      Reflection Activity
      Close your eyes and see the treasures that you hold most dear. Thank God for the treasures gifted to you by God. How might you be a better steward of God’s treasures in your life? What one action can you take in service for others to express your gratitude?
      OK God, what’s the Good News?

      • Look. Be attentive. Be honest. Be aware.
      • Identify in what way you are not OK.
      • Pray: OK God, what’s the Good News?
      • Reflect; look for God’s Providence. Name what’s good, gift (person, place or thing), blessing or hope in the situation.
      • Thank God for those gifts.
      • Decide how you will express gratitude to God

      through service for others. Take ACTION.

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      Christian Stewards Share the Keys to the Kingdom


      The hand gesture for OK, pictured above, forms an O, a circle of mutual giving as the pointer finger meets the thumb.
      The burst of light symbolizes the moment in prayer when we give our thanks to God. God gives all to us (Providence) and we are invited to respond in gratitude by reaching out in love and service to others.
      The three fingers extending outward toward others represent the key gifts that we share:
      Time, Talent and Treasure


      God Gives; We Give


      A Steward is one way that Jesus uses to describe our relationship with God (Mt25:14-30, Lk12:42-48).
      An oikonomos or Steward is the one in whom the master places trust by sharing responsibility for the care of all people, resources and work.
      The circle of mutually giving love is the key and at the heart of what it means to be a Christian Steward.

      A Christian Steward receives God’s gifts gratefully, cultivates them responsibly, shares them lovingly in justice with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord.

      To read complete bulletin click here


      A STEWARD’S KEYS: Week X

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      Not Feeling OK? Pray!

      Prayer is the key that sets us free to be OK. Prayer is the key that unlocks the treasure of the Good News.
      What Good News?
      God is giving to us and gifting us whether we feel OK or not. God is always working in us, in others and in all ways. We call this God’s Providence. Prayer is the key to discovering the hidden treasure of God in all things.

      Buried Treasure

      Pirates catch our attention because of their eccentric looks and swashbuckling ways. Pirates hold our attention because of their stories which are about treasure, especially buried treasure. When pirates encounter bad news, things that are beyond their control to deal with at the moment, they make a choice. Pirates choose to place their treasure in a safe place. Buried treasure can be retrieved and handled later when either the situation has changed or when they have better resources.

      During our Good News Theme we have been praying to recognize God’s hidden gifts in every situation. However, some situations are so far beyond our control that they cannot be processed at the moment. When we are overwhelmed by people, situations and problems beyond our control, when we feel powerless there is still Good News. The Good News is that we have the freedom and the power to choose to put our problem in the safe place of God’s care. We can decide to pray saying, “I cannot deal with this challenge now. I give this (person, situation, problem etc.) to you. I bury this difficulty in your loving arms and trust. ‘I believe, help my unbelief.’ You are always working in my life even when I don’t know what to do. Like burying a treasure, I leave this in your care until we can deal with it later together.”

      Our challenge is to pray when our anxiety or frustration makes us want to prematurely dig up the treasure that we have placed in God’s care. Our task is to decide to continue trusting in God’s Providence.

      Like buried treasure we know where our problem is and that God, the steward of all things, is keeping watch over it for us. What we bury in God can be retrieved and handled later when either the situation has changed or when we have better resources. God is always working to give us new information and grace filled inspiration to feel differently and to act wisely. When we feel some peace it is the right time to discern what the next best, just and loving choice may be. Until then we keep leaving it in God’s care by actively thinking, “This one is yours, Lord.”

      When we feel powerless God’s power gives us the grace to persevere and can bring us Good News and peace.

      Activity

      What is the bad news that is beyond your control? In what situations do you feel powerless? What needs to be buried in God’s loving arms?

      Suggestions for prayerful action:
      • Symbolically bury your problem like treasure in God’s loving arms.
      • Choose a method: write it down, draw a picture as a spiritual symbol of the problem that needs to be placed in God’s care.
      • Place the piece of paper with your problem in your Bible, make a treasure chest with a box filled with what is entrusted to the Lord.
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      • A large Treasure Chest will be in Church close to the Baptismal Font this Sunday and for 9 days. Visit the church as a little pilgrimage and place your problem in some written form in the chest symbolically entrusting your cares to the safety of God’s Providence.

      To read complete bulletin click here


      A STEWARD’S KEYS: Week XI

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      Not Feeling OK? Pray!

      Prayer is the key that sets us free to be OK. Prayer is the key that unlocks the treasure of the Good News.
      What Good News?
      God is giving to us and gifting us whether we feel OK or not. God is always working in us, in others and in all ways. We call this God’s Providence. Prayer is the key to discovering the hidden treasure of God in all things.

      Changing Seats

      Ilana Wiles tells the story of her last plane flight. Because a baby had been crying very near to her for over one hour, Ilana asked the flight attendant if she could switch seats. The flight attendant responded with a smile but firmly, “No, you may not change seats especially because the baby is yours!” Well, I guess you can’t blame someone for trying. The Good News is that the flight attendant lifted the baby into her arms and gave the mother a little break.

      We can identify with the mother in the story. Our responsibility and difficulties, at times, seem great. We want to change seats! Yet as responsible stewards we know that this is impossible because in our hearts we do want to fulfill our mission to do our work which is Christ’s Work.

      Christ our King is responsible for us, faithful and eternally provident on our behalf. Prayer is our opportunity for us to place our problems in God’s loving arms. Prayer allows God to give us a little break. We turn to God for help during those times when we feel overwhelmed or deeply in need of changing seats.

      When we feel powerless God’s power gives us the grace to persevere and can bring us Good News and peace. We can return to our difficulties later when our resources are replenished or the situation has changed. Allowing God to hold our problems for a while is sometimes just what we need to stay in our seats. God desires to be trusted and is always at work for our greatest good.

      Activity

      What person or situation is the screaming baby in your life? What is the bad news that is beyond your control? In what situations do you feel powerless? What needs to be placed in God’s loving arms?

      Suggestions for prayerful action:
      • Symbolically bury your problem like treasure in God’s loving arms.
      • Choose a method: write it down, draw a picture as a spiritual symbol of the problem that needs to be placed in God’s care.
      • Place the piece of paper with your problem in your Bible, make a treasure chest with a box filled with what is entrusted to the Lord.
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      • A large Treasure Chest will be in Church close to the Baptismal Font until Tuesday. Visit the church as a little pilgrimage and place your problem in some written form in the chest symbolically entrusting your cares to the safety of God’s Providence.

      OK God, what’s the Good News?
      • Look. Be attentive. Be honest. Be aware.
      • Identify in what way you are not OK.
      • Pray: OK God, what’s the Good News?
      • Reflect; look for God’s Providence. Name what’s good, gift (person, place or thing), blessing or hope in the situation.
      • Thank God for those gifts.
      • Decide how you will express gratitude to God through service for others. Take ACTION.

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