I certainly jumped on the Paula Deen bandwagon, in fact I jumped around on it until it was splitters! I was already feeling a bit chagrined at being a bit pompous about Paula Deen when I read this morning’s readings….Yes Lord.
So I want to confess: I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters,that I have greatly sinned,in my thoughts and in my words,in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,through my fault, through my fault,through my most grievous fault;therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,all the Angels and Saints,and you, my brothers and sisters,to pray for me to the Lord our God.
While I feel a certain uneasiness with the Paula Deen saga, I have no right to condemn her…..that is the right of God and God’s alone. I do see that there is a lesson in this for ALL of us. There is the obvious, that the way one treats another is how we show how we love God. But then there is the speck in my sister’s eye while I have a plank in mine! It may have felt like I was justified in my attitude toward Paula, but really was I, and ultimately what did it advance; anything, no.
In all things there are lessons to be learned and mine was to be patient and hopeful that we can create change through our forgiveness of others and our willingness to accept our own part in any negative situation so that we can change ourselves for the better and finally that our striving to try and be respectful to all will some day create the Kingdom of God here on Earth. I lesson I must take to heart!
(I am stealing this from our Pastor, who writes this at the end of all his bulletin remarks) Please Pray for me and I will pray for you.