Dear Family,

“We cannot force someone to hear a message they are not ready to receive. But we must never underestimate the power of planting a seed”
– Author unknown

This past Sunday I spoke about empowerment. Wikipedia defined empowerment as referring to measures designed to increase the degree of autonomy and self-determination in people and in communities in order to enable them to represent their interests in a responsible and self-determined way, acting on their own authority.

I would have preferred to think of it to mean “to make someone stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights” as this is more like the stories I told about my Corporate Career experiences.

Empowerment can only be manifested through planting and nurturing seeds of trust. Without a cultivated trust in the intangible becoming tangible, we continue a painful lineage of only hoping for outcomes. There is no solid understanding of vision and congruent action. Without this there is perpetual seeking that leaves us dizzy from constant distractions of “Is this it?” “Are they it?” “Can they fix it? “Where will it come from?” We look outward, even upward, for something to fix a situation.

I still wonder how many folks are surprised when a prayer is answered or surprised when it is not. I know that each of you are an empowered and brilliant being. Remember and trust this truth!


Rev. Cheryl