Current events & community, Love/relationships

Living in harmony

Respecting differences is a key to living in harmony.

Although there is a lot of polarization in the USA, and other parts of the world, I believe each citizen is capable of living in harmony. Citizens are capable of listening to one another and respecting differences.  This is natural to us. It is normal to love and accept those who are different from us as well as cherishing the similarities we have with friends, neighbors and our faith communities.

When a good idea comes, we can give credence to it willingly and impartially, without holding a bias about who the idea may be coming from. We don’t have to conform to not listening or accepting good ideas that come from “the other side” either politically, in community or in church groups. 

Love listens. Love stands in awe of beauty. Love accepts without judgement. Love simply loves.

Love doesn’t condemn or squash or belittle the value of anyone else.

Love looks for the best in others.

Holding to my own opinions should never outshine my capacity to love and listen.

Diversity is beautiful. We can have harmony and unity in our diversity.

Happy Independence Day

We should remember that the world is wide; that there are a thousand million different human wills, opinions, ambitions, tastes, and loves; that each person has a different history, constitution, culture, character, from all the rest; that human life is the work, the play, the ceaseless action and reaction upon each other of these different atoms. Then, we should go forth into life with the smallest expectations, but with the largest patience; with a keen relish for and appreciation of everything beautiful, great, and good, but with a temper so genial that the friction of the world shall not wear upon our sensibilities*…

*Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings, p. 224:11-21

Current events & community, Guest blogs/reposts

Repost: Messages from a mural!

The mural above is part of artist Alex Cook’s YOU ARE LOVED mural project. You can learn about it at  www.youarelovedmurals.com” Each mural has/is one of five messages… “

Source: Messages from a mural! FIVE SATURDAY THOUGHTS

I love these murals! What a beautiful project. 🙂

Current events & community, global, Prayer/healing

A prayer for peace

balance-15712_960_720God, the universal Spirit, is the Source of all good and never the cause of evil. Good is a term that is synonymous with God. Good is governing the entire universe right now. Good lasts! Good is in harmony with itself and all creation. No one “owns” good because God is good. Good is abundant and always available for all people to rejoice in.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

When we start with God, the Cause of all good, we start our prayers correctly.

We don’t have to react to evil or change our lives to accommodate, or make room for, evil.

We never have to stop living, being and see good!

There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness.

beautiful-16736_960_720God, good, is filling all space. Let that inform your actions. The goodness of God can be the only activity in consciousness when we are at one with God and living love in our daily actions.

The world is in our consciousness and our consciousness makes up our world. So let’s not be dominated by error. Let Good, Truth, dominate error in all our thoughts and actions.

Let’s choose to live in peace, to love all our brothers and sisters,  and not give up or give in to fear.

The evil thinker is the proud talker and doer. The right thinker abides under the shadow of the Almighty. His thoughts can only reflect peace, good will towards men, health, and holiness.

Peace is present right now.

Goodness involuntarily resists evil.

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Genesis 1:31 NIV
Mary Baker Eddy, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, My. 210:5-7
My. 210:14-17 (to .)
My. 210:13-14

Guest blogs/reposts

Repost: Riches of the heart

A story worth retelling!

By Alex Cook via Time4Thinkers.com

For the past six years, I’ve served as a volunteer chaplain at a jail in Boston. During that time I’ve seen, beyond a doubt, that the qualities of God are alive and well, living and being lived in these places which would otherwise be very dark. Lots of people, when they go to jail, find themselves face to face with their mistakes and their problems, and want very badly to get past them.
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Future/stability/security, Life, Love/relationships

3 ways to experience God’s love

Aren’t we all seeking a little (or a lot) more of God’s love? Don’t we, and the world, all want to experience unconditional love? A love that doesn’t judge. A love that embraces you and everyone all the time. Wouldn’t that be great? Here are 3 ways to experience more of God’s love in your life:

Be a transparency.
Each of us can experience God’s love by being a transparency for that love. Just like the glass in a window is warm when the sun shines through it, so radiating God’s love to those around you can warm and bless you! You will feel loved when doing so!

Hope.
Hope is the marriage between the consciousness of good and the expectancy of good. Expect good! This is your natural state. Don’t expect evil, sickness or fear. Focus on the good in your experience right now. This expectancy and awareness of good is a natural defense to the door of your thought and your life.

Gratitude.
Being grateful is a huge part of feeling God’s love. Counting our blessings helps assure us of the continuity of good. It assures us of the presence of good and fills our thought with joy! Give gratitude, give thanks, even in times of affliction, for all the strength, courage and grace that God is loving you with and giving you each moment.

We are all so loved and can shine it!

Today is the first day of my new blogging project. I will be blogging everyday going forward as a new way to give thanks to God and be conscious of God’s  loving relationship with humanity. I hope these posts will bless and inspire you, as they do for me when I’m writing them. Thanks for keeping up with my blog! 

 

 

Current events & community, Future/stability/security, Prayer/healing

The US and Syria

When I heard about the tragic events in Syria, and the debate over whether or not America should respond by military strike, I was troubled.

Being such a complex issue, one wants to be sure they have all the facts straight. I know how I feel about the issue personally, but I also know that God governs with greater intelligence, wisdom, justice, mercy, and love than I can.

I pray to see that God is in control and that God governs us with reason. The divine is so much higher than mortal wills and emotions.

One can never be afraid when working towards a decision that is the result of wisdom, integrity and grace. Whatever direction is received through divine wisdom — and reflects more of the qualities of the Kingdom of Heaven such as grace, peace, and love — can be followed fearlessly.

As I follow this issue on CSMonitor.com, I continue to pray to know that regardless of the human outcome, God’s love, compassion and health-giving power can be seen and felt by all.

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“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. ” Matthew 6:6 http://bit.ly/1czBefm

“Spirit, God, is heard when the senses are silent. We are all capable of more than we do.” Mary Baker Eddy http://bit.ly/17vkuEY

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For more on Syria:

Uncovering truth in Syria

Syria strike delay: Does it make Obama a ‘weak president’?

In vote on Syria strike, Americans face moment of truth for ‘values that define us’

Current events & community, Life, Love/relationships, Prayer/healing

Self-sacrifice

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. Many people enjoy a federal holiday and some may reflect on the significance of this day.

Regardless of the diverse opinions out there about war, the military and patriotism, each person who has served in the military and each civilian are united by Christly qualities. It is the Christ which impels us to give unselfishly — to sacrifice ourselves so that others may experience some happiness and good. This sacrifice may come by serving in the military, as a schoolteacher, giving to a non-profit, or devoting one’s life to helping others in some way. We each give self-sacrifices of time, patience, money, and devotion to one another everyday, for which I am grateful.

These qualities and the impulsion to do so doesn’t come from who we are humanly; it comes from deep within our divine nature. It is God who is impelling us to give, guiding us, blessing us and replenishing us. It speaks of our eternal identity, which He created, that is all-good, skilful in expressing divine intelligence, compassion and integrity.

It is this eternal identity which unites all of us in appreciation, love, and forgiveness for one another. We have a deep well of divine strength that we can draw on each moment. This Source gives us solutions and answers to the problems we face and the skill to act on them. It is a deep spiritual love, compassion and integrity which unites us all.

Thanks to everyone who serves in whatever capacity they feel divinely led to do. Your self-sacrifice blesses you and all the world.