Each year I hunt through various media for something hopeful and positive related to Christmas, especially, or at least to the holidays.
I had no luck until last night watching James Lipton's IN THE ACTOR'S STUDIO on Bravo network. Two guests said things that I thought were wonderful and would be encouraging as you look at your ministry as bishop.
Sting was asked what his favorite sound was. He pinched his lips, blew and came out with a very familiar, usually verboten, gentle sound. Lipton asked him explain why that was his favorite sound. Sting responded, "When those of great stature stand to receive adulation, they make the same sound the average bloak does. It is very humanizing."
Jake Jyllenhall shared the following, based on his own experience: "The way you behave with everybody is more important than the work that you do. It's essential. It is everything. Generosity, kindness, and patience will get you so far!"
May the very humanizing nature of the coming of God in a tiny baby encourage us to keep straight our priorities in ministry. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
In the covenant of the clergy,
Rev. Jerry Eckert, AIA contact person