Friends on the Journey,

I’m a fan of children’s books. In their simplicity, they can be very profound. An all-time favorite is Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. Another is The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein. The latter is a story about a circular-shape-like creature that is missing a wedge-shaped piece of itself. It doesn’t like this and sets out on a grand adventure searching for the perfect piece to complete itself.

“And as it rolled
it sang this song—
Oh I’m lookin’ for my missin’ piece
I’m lookin’ for my missin’ piece
Hi-dee-ho, here I go,
Lookin’ for my missin’ piece.”

Consumerism would like us to believe that to be whole we must have XYZ. Social structures tell us that we must have certain degrees from schools of a certain pedigree, or make oodles of money, to be successful. We can have all of it and still be out of balance, not whole. Have you ever known someone who has what we would call “everything” and still continues to amass bright shiny objects to fill a void? I’m reminded of Citizen Kane with Orson Welles.

This week, we welcome Rev. Jim Mitulski and The Congregational Church of the Peninsula to Island United as we look at 2 Timothy 4:9-18 and ask the question “How can you feel whole?” I hope you will join us this week at 10 am at 1130 Balclutha or on Zoom. A light lunch will be served after the service. I also hope that you will join us next week at 10:30 am as The Congregational Church of the Peninsula welcomes Island United to their sanctuary at 751 Alameda de Las Pulgas (off Ralston) in Belmont.

Until then, keep on singing!
Rev. Michael Cronin

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