Open Mic Monday – Perspective

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How are you moved by groups of people with common ground?

This weekend, as we waited for the tour of the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi, Texas,
an older gentleman walked up to our group of boys (scouts) with a handful of pennies. His hands were aged and shaky as he handed one to each, including the parents.

Each copper penny had a cross carved into the face of it. Hallowed Lincolns became tokens of affection from a former scout.  The gentleman was proud and jovial.

He motioned for us to hold the penny at arms length from our faces.

When I held the penny far from me, I couldn’t see very much inside the cross.  When I held it right up to my eye, I could see almost everything.  So it is with God.  If we keep him at arms distance, we might see far less than if we hold him close.  Our perspectives change.

Our perspective changes when we hold God near.


“I just love y ‘all,” he said and walked away with a huge smile from ear to ear. He was a jovial and caring man from the smile he brought to our faces with his own perspective.

Seeing the scouts was nostalgic for him, I’m sure. This community of children brought back memories of camaraderie and unity. For God and country.

I often see people moved by a group of people as if they long for the same. I wonder if our group of women, in service to Christ, brings with it a sense of friendship and unity that brings others a dose of nostalgia just as did our group of scouts. For God and sisterhood.

How can we widen that circle to reach others?

When I am near to my sisters, fellow poets, bible study groups, and artistic community while holding God near, my perspective changes.  I am able to see much more of the bigger picture.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  Hebrews 10:24-25

Have you found your group of like-minded individuals, friend?

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