"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us"

Ralph Waldo Emerson 
Rev. Jay Smith Jr.
The H.O.M.E. Center
3892 Lancaster Drive NE ~ Salem, Oregon 97305 ~ 503 363-3926
Well! My dear friends, during the month of October you were busy getting rid of the negative thoughts. Then we had the grand Halloween celebration and the removal of destructive thoughts that robbed you of the joys of life.
Now we are on to November where we can demonstrate and practice being our real self and expreience the true feeling of compassion for one and all.  Many may be shocked at first however when they start demonstrating back to you, loving acceptance and  friendship begin to blossom. 

This month brings Thanksgiving where we can gather around the table with grace in our hearts and for our true friends and family. We find peace and joy growing within our personal world while the rest of world may still be struggling with relationships.  We have found and begin living with unconditional love, for that is why we are here.  I know as we slide into December, we can and will give gifts of expression of compassion for each other and feel and know the true blessing of the holiday season with one and all.

Keep up your healing work. The rest of the world will now have a model to follow though your demonstrations. Isn't that a great feeling?  

Rev. Jay
November 2017
With grace in our hearts
"Are you going grocery shopping today?" my husband, Roy asked when I picked up the telephone.

"I plan to," I answered.

Thanksgiving was only a couple days away.  Everyone in our family would be coming to our house.  My funds were limited, therefore my box of coupons awaited me in the car.  I knew I had to be creative in my shopping that day.  I had to stretch every dollar.

For a few seconds, Roy sat silently on the other end of the line.  "Why do you ask?" I uttered, fearing what he might say.

"Nancy, there's a family with a half dozen kids that will not have anything to eat for Thanksgiving.  The little one is only five-years-old."

"So what are you saying?" I whispered.

"While you're at the store could you possibly buy something for them?"  Roy's words echoed in my heart.  Groceries for a five-year-old and their family of 8. My head began to spin thinking about the fifty dollars I had reserved for our family's Thanksgiving dinner.

In the back of my mind I counted the hungry guests who would be coming to our house for dinner.  I put my head down on my desk, already feeling defeated.

There's no way possible, I thought.  But the compassion I heard in my husband's voice struck a nerve inside me.
"Sure," I replied.  "But only if God helps."

"Thanks, sweetheart," Roy whispered.  "Just do what you can." He then hung up the telephone.  I finished my work and prayed all the way to the nearest grocery store.

I entered the parking lot.  I noticed a big sign in the grocery store window:  Turkeys - 29 cents a pound.

"This is the place, Lord" I whispered.  I grabbed my box of coupons, went inside, secured two buggies, and headed to the frozen foods.  The turkeys were indeed on sale, but I discovered one big problem.  When I read the sign posted on the freezer door my heart sank.  "Limit one."

"But I need two," I uttered to myself.  I decided to find the manager.  I explained the problem.  He made an exception.

After tossing a turkey in each buggy, I began my shopping fury. It was amazing how many buy-one, get-one free items were being featured that day.  The first item went into one buggy.  The free item went in the other.  In addition, I had all the right coupons to get exactly what both families needed for a hearty Thanksgiving dinner.  I proceeded to the register and held my breath while the cashier rang up my groceries.
To my surprise, I had enough money.  I was even able to purchase a package of cookies for the five-year-old who had stolen my heart, even though I had never met her.

Later that afternoon, Roy and I made a special delivery to a home filled with children of all ages.  I will never forget the smiles on the six kids' faces, as they made several trips from my car carrying numerous bags of groceries inside.
This event reminded me of a story.  Even though He only had a few loaves and fishes, Jesus multiplied them and fed five thousand people.  And to top it off, there was food left over.  I wondered if God was doing the same thing that day.

By far, that was the greatest Thanksgiving Day of my life.  My entire family shared a hearty meal with us.  We had plenty to eat. We even had enough food left over for the evening meal.

That afternoon, when I had time to think about what had happened, I imagined a home, not far from where I lived.  There was a mother and a father and six children sitting around the kitchen table, laughing and rejoicing.  They enjoyed the same meal that our family had shared together that day.
Then I realized that miracles happen when we step out in faith and in steps God.  For with us, some things are impossible.  But with God, all things are possible.

~ Nancy B. Gibbs ~

Story of the Month

The Greatest Thanksgiving
Author: Nancy Gibbs