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Our Father: Discovering Family at Charleston Baptist Church

My friends Sarah and Randy Moody have invited me to speak to the Forever Young Seniors group at Charleston Baptist Church on Wednesday March 1. I am looking forward to this event with these delightful folks. I have visited their group before.

My topic is, “What I Learned Writing a Spiritual Autobiography.” Believe me the learning did not stop when the book was sent to the publisher. Learning from the experience continues. Our lives are not static. We continue to grow as human beings and hopefully we continue to mature spiritually. The direction of all life is growth.

Our Father; Discovering Family, records a moment in time when I paused long enough to discover where I am on my faith journey. I hope my experiences are helpful to others who struggle with some of the same circumstances that I faced. We are all more alike than we are different. We often feel that we are alone in our struggles only to learn later that others have walked through the same or similar troubled waters.

I was fortunate as a young Christian to have a pastor who said to me, Mitch, God is not bothered by your questions.” He went on to assure me, “God made all of you. That includes your brain. He did not intend for you to park it at the door when you come to church.” What a blessing.

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Kindness Is Always in Order – Celebrate World Kindness Day

Principal Rex Whitcomb at Morningside Middle School in North Charleston, South Carolina told his students, “If you want to know how to have a successful school year, just be kind.” What great advice. Kindness is always in order.

After that, I wrote a little book, Random Acts of Kindness. In it I listed 110 simple acts of kindness that cost absolutely nothing to perform. Of course, the list can grow and grow. There are millions of people who are hungry for a simple act of kindness. All of us have many gifts to share that would brighten someone’s day.

November 13, is World Kindness Day. We can all participate by performing a simple act of kindness. Call a friend. Acknowledge a stranger. Write a thank you note. Thank a clerk. Leave a generous tip. I never tire of the advice attributed to John Wesley which I quoted in my book.

“Do all the good you can,

By all the means you can,

In all the ways you can,

In all the places you can,

At all the times you can,

To all the people you can,

As long as ever you can.”

Dr. Arthur Caliandro, the late pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in New York City said, “Be kinder than you think it necessary to be because the other person needs it more than you know.”

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Thanks to Pat Eager and the Charleston County Library

We had a wonderful discussion based on my book, Our Father: Discovering Family, Thursday night. It was a small but involved group. I am grateful to Pat Eager and the Friends of the Charleston County Library for making this possible.

There is so much going on at the library and the staff keeps things moving. It is a beautiful building in a wonderful location. My thanks to those who were there. Of course the book is still available at Barnes and Noble, www.amazon.com, or from me.

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Charleston County Library – Nov. 12 – Our Father: Discovering Family

Our Father - Discovering FamilyOn November 12 at 6p.m. I will discuss my book, Our Father: Discovering Family, at the main branch of the Charleston County Library on Calhoun Street. My book is best described as a spiritual autobiography. I learned a great deal about myself during the process of sifting through my life and distilling those events that played a role in my spiritual journey and my mission for the rest of my life. It was not an easy book to write.

Come with your questions. Let’s have a good discussion. I am a member of the West Ashley Writer’s Group. The event is free. Friends of the Library will have my book available for purchase.

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