Dear Friends,

     I just sent in my money in to attend my 50th class reunion. A couple of things are running through my mind. First of all, it can't possibly be 50 years since I graduated from high school. Secondly when I look at all I have accomplished in my life so far, I am awed. When and where and why did all this happen? Well, it didn't start out this way. I was a late bloomer, but once I got going there was no stopping me. God has been active in guiding me, there is no doubt in my mind about my faith in God and how it has played out in my life. There were situations in my life when I could have wallowed in sorrow or jealousy or something that might have turned me bitter or fed my insecurities, the insecurities we all carry especially when we are young. But, for some reason I keep seeing the good in the world, the hope that abounds, and the responsibility I need to own for my failures to respond in healthy ways to situations in my life. God always brought me out, and continues to bring me out, of that cold, dank mud that sometimes wants to consume me, that wants to consume us all. 
     Watching the news lately I do wonder if I do enough. I am a moderate, politically. I see layers when I look at political issues and therefore rarely does anything seem to me to be absolute. I live in the gray, and I listen to all sides forming my own opinion, which often reflects more questions than answers. I see good and bad on either side of me. My word to the world is that I will not ever tell you what to think, but I will continue to proclaim Jesus Christ, and I will pray that you are open to hear the message of God, through Christ, and through that voice of the Holy Spirit working inside you. That is what I have been called to do and that is what I am determined to do. My goal is never to change you, control you, bully you, or make you feel bad if we disagree. I love you just as you are. My goal is to touch souls, to come in contact with souls, and in the process of doing so - you might find yourself, truly find yourself, that self which is created in the image of your creator.  

Warmly, and with many blessings,
Mother Lily