July 21, 2012

In Memory of Betsy

Posted in Friends, Uncategorized tagged , , , at 3:11 pm by Mo Dardinger

Her birthday would have been in about 6 weeks. But we never shared birthday celebrations. We shared Thanksgiving Day once, before her sister moved to town.

We both liked to think and to talk about spiritual topics. We didn’t talk much to one another about them, though. She’d share a video from time to time or tell us what she’d heard taught at the latest prayer conference. But we didn’t discuss and debate our differences. I wish we had. Not that being right matters. It’s the truth that matters. It matters desperately.

She came to my classes — our classes, the ones that Dave and I co-taught. She supported me in my fledgling efforts at teaching, at making the difference I’m called to make.

She made a difference. She prayed and taught others to pray. She worked to see our congregation make a positive impact at home and around the world. She will have our prayer room named after her, a fitting tribute.

I miss you, my friend. And I look forward to seeing you again. Someday. Selfishly, I hope not soon. But when I have finished my course, as you have already (so young) finished yours.

April 11, 2010

Rightly Aligned with the Universe

Posted in Spiritual Life tagged , , , , at 4:36 am by Mo Dardinger

Once I had a friend named Dean. He didn’t believe in God — or tried to convince us that he didn’t. I wasn’t the most persuasive advocate for the Lord. But when I made a concerted effort to root out the sin in my life, to confess it, to make everything right with God . . . WOW! I found great joy and peace. I was much happier and more content than normal.

My friends noticed, especially Dean. My explanation intrigued him, too. I told him that by forgiving everyone who had hurt me, I was now rightly aligned with the Universe. And so I was. And so he could have been. And so we all can be. For to agree with God about our sins and to stop holding others at fault for their sins, this brings us into alignment with the Almighty, and thus with the Universe that He has created.