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Trust: SOL 27

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My mother would sometimes put me, my older brother, and my twin brother in a cab on Sundays and send us down to 865 Madison Avenue. As acolytes and choir singers at St James Episcopal Church in New York City, we needed to be there each Sunday. We would hop out of the taxi and run up the stairs of the huge church in the middle of the city where we felt very much at home. Racing downstairs to the basement, we'd pull out our white robes and rope belts and get ready for Sunday.

TRUST by keeping things simple and clear

It was here in church where we felt prepared for life. For how we were supposed to act and dress. It was all very clear. Sometimes a confusing life demands one day of the week where a person can stop and take stock. Church has always been a place of calm for me. In those days in NYC, the minister was a brilliant man who gave sermons that were extraordinary. His talk was filled with how to care for each other. It was there I developed my first concepts about purpose. 

TRUST by spending your time working to be kinder to people

"Why are we here?" Who knows, but let's be kind to each other while we are. That would be my version of following in Jesus' footsteps. For me Jesus is the perfect parable for who we should strive to be. In fact much of my teaching and non-profit work is purposefully guided by "be kind to others" as a mantra.

TRUST by building the kind of relationships you need in the world.

Happy Easter to those who celebrate.


  1. Trust is so important and I believe that we should be kind while we're here. I read on someone's blog during the Slice Challenge, "Be kinder than you need to be" and this has become my new mantra. Happy Easter to you!

  2. What a breath-taking sanctuary!
    EnJOYed reading your post of how you learned about trust there. I believe Jesus is the Truth and the Light. He loves all of us so much.

  3. I am enjoying the posts on Trust today - it is my OLW this year. I agree we all need to find our own trust - I like you idea about keeping things simple and clear - does make it easier to trust - doesn't it? Thank you for sharing - I love the photo of the church. Happy Easter.

  4. Happy Easter, Kimberley! Church has always been a place of calm and trust for me too.

  5. Trust is essential to learning, to safety, to relationships. Thanks for giving me one little word to focus on this Easter morning. Happy Easter to you, too!

  6. I was struck by the first sentence. Your mom sure had trust in that taxi driver to get you to church. It's interesting to me that early in our lives we learn the relationship between trust and kindness. Thanks for writing and linking today. Happy Easter!

  7. You send such a clear message of trust, sliced amidst your Sunday journeys to church. It gives me pieces of you.

  8. What a beautiful message about trust. I especially love your last line: TRUST by building the kind of relationships you need in the world.

  9. Wow! Beautiful church and message. I loved to hear about your experience as a kid. I too feel trust and have many wonderful memories from church both past and present.


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