North Highland United Methodist Church
Monday, May 17, 2021
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

October 2019

These are a Few of My Favorite Memes
I have been thinking about something that is a relatively knew phenomenon thanks to Social Media—and that is memes pronounced meem). A meme is defined as an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture—often with the aim of conveying a particular phenomenon, theme, or meaning represented by the meme. With a platform like Facebook, we are bombarded with them. After reading some memes, I shake my head in disbelief—sometimes due to content , sometimes due to grammar, spelling or punctuation (when did we lose track of the purpose of an apostrophe?) and more often than not, I am saddened by the intended message. Even more, how quickly an unfortunate messagespreads throughout the networks via “likes” and shares. Sometimes we have trigger fingers when we are browsing our pages, don’t we—and we fail to consider the validity or the intended message of what we are sharing. Yet, like you, I do have favorite memes—ones that bring a smile or actually a thoughtful or helpful message such as this reminder to, as the leaves do, let go of so many of the things that eat away at us, bring harm, or simply are no longer useful.
One example of letting go may be forgiveness—or things of the past. There will be no new leaves if the old ones refuse to let go—there will be no moving on in any area, until we let go. Often we are actually hanging on or “not turning the page” because of an element of fear. The unknown is often very disconcerting, and so we find ourselves hanging on to both positives and negatives of who we think we are, what we think should be, or what feels comfortable now. 
Self-awareness is hugely important, as is developing an ability to see that we are often the ones someone else needs to forgive. There are times we hang on to our own mistakes for dear life, serving only to eventually bring shame, or stop us from moving forward and living into all that we have been created to be! We are not only humanity with free will to do good and also make mistakes, we are God’s beloved creations—made to reflect the image of a loving, compassionate Creator God in all of our living and relating.
Sometimes a message in churches can end up with a lot of finger pointing and self-congratulations, leading to less awareness of our own human frailties. Each and every one of us are in need of the constant presence and grace of God known to us in Jesus Christ. We have all, and will continue to be, sinners of God’s own redeeming. May we continue to be a community of faith who strives to follow the three simple rules of our faith : Do no harm (being careful and aware of what we say, do, and post ); do good (living kindly and compassionately); stay in love with God (seeking to live in the kingdom ways made known in life and teachings of Jesus Christ.)
Pastor Lou