Today is about “rebuilding the temple.” As mentioned previously in a blog here, the word temple keeps showing up. The first time God yelled at me about rebuilding the temple was back in January of 2022. I was on Day 9 of my Holy Spirit Novena. The theme has been constant since. Today, I am on Day 9 of my Saint Lucy Novena. As I blind opened the bible, while meditating on healing the 5 sufferings of the world, this morning, I find myself in the Book of Haggai, 1:1. It is titled, “A Call to Build the House of the Lord.” Although, in previous years, Eric’s Promise has historically run from Ash Wednesday to Easter, and will remain to be so, I will continue to build this house all year, every year. The Architect is God. The teachers are the Saints. The tools are our Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The students are divinely selected. May the ripples be wide and may they remain under the Roof of God.
What I love about this concept is that, although, this is a Catholic based movement, in my heart, it applies to all. “To be more giving,” is the Promise and the Golden Rule is the foundation. Many times, I have stepped into places of worship and 100% of the time was dismayed at the intolerance of the people who called these places home. Since I wasn’t a member in whatever term they chose to use, I was cast aside. Even though I came into these places with a full heart, ready to learn, love and serve humanity, that meant nothing to them. Eric’s Promise will not follow this path. Eric’s Promise is for everyone. All races. All religions. ALL.
Let’s talk about the focus of this “Temple.” There is a quote that the Executive Director of the Homeless Center has stapled to his email. It says, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive. The world needs more people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
What makes you come alive??
For me, it is the ARTS, all forms. Service, in all forms. Joy, in all forms. Love, in all forms. Heart to Hearts, in all forms. Gratitude for the smallest of things. Using my gifts to help others. Standing firm in courage to help others be who they were born to be, while at the same time honoring this within myself.
In rebuilding this temple, I am reminded of my work and dance within Eric’s Promise, 2015. I knew that I was leaving town, for God had planted this on my heart in 2013. I was to give EP all of my life and then transfer to another State, in all ways. So it was.
In 2015, Eric’s Promise was at a peak in my life personally. I have had many peaks and valleys within this Promise Walk but these few keys stick out:
🔑 I was asked to be part of a runway show that raised money for Saint Vincent de Paul Society. It was fun, encouraging and inspiring.
🔑 I was very much hands on with community outreach and coordinating entities that wanted to volunteer and be a part of Eric’s Promise.
🔑 I spoke to children at schools for the first time. Good Shepherd Montessori School was the very first. Let me tell you about God’s hand in this:
I reached out to Felicia that year via email, one of the founders of said school. I hadn’t heard back. Fast forward to a Winter evening of family fun in Niles, Michigan. I was on a winter hay ride with my family and a couple other families. We all started talking and all of a sudden it dawned on me! It was Felicia on the hay ride with us! I once and for all introduced myself and mentioned getting her school involved with Eric’s Promise! Soon after that, I found myself speaking to the children of her school about what it means “to be more giving.”
🔑 I held a music and art fundraiser at The Chicory Cafe.
🔑 I gave away over 100 pieces of art. I named this particular movement, ”Exploding Heart-Art Giveaway”
With that being said, the message is quite simple and the same: Use your gifts, what you are passionate about, to help others. Spread love. Spread kindness. Spread understanding. Spread wisdom. Spread faith in the Greater Good. Be it all.
So it remains forevermore.