Rev. Arlene’s Blog

Rev. Arlene Meyer, our Minister, posts mid-week messages on this blog. Come back often to read her inspiring and thought-provoking posts. Learn more about her.

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In the face of tragedy, let your light shine!

Once again the news is filled with sadness, loss, and terror.  It is easy during times like this to become not just filled with sadness for the victims but fear for our own safety.

Some people are so filled with fear that they change their life because of it – avoiding traveling, going to large group events, going out in the evening, etc.  The greatest damage that terrorist do is not just the acts of violence they commit but the fear that is instilled in those who let it.

One meaning of the word terrorist is one who terrorizes or creates fear in others.  The terrorists of this world win when they cause such fear in us that we lose hope.

Instead of reacting with fear over the news, try praying for the victims and the perpetrators in any act of terror.  Remember that in any situation of horror, there are always stories of acts of kindness and compassion.  Darkness can never win unless we let it.

The sun comes up and light overcomes the dark.  We walk into a dark room and turn on a light, and the light illuminates what was enshrouded in the dark. We may not be able to physically stop these terrible events from happening but we can maintain a consciousness in which fear and hatred are overcome by love, kindness, and compassion.

Quote of the Week

“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Three Little of Pigs

Remember the story of the Three Little Pigs.  The first two pigs built their houses of straw and sticks and the big bad wolf came and destroyed them.  The third pig was a wiser pig and took the time to make sure his home was strong enough (he used bricks) to withstand the big bad wolf.

Jesus also told us that we should build a strong foundation for our homes.  In both cases taking the time to make sure we have a strong foundation in either our physical or spiritual homes, allows us to withstand the Big Bad Wolf (which is any negativity that comes our way).

Is your spiritual foundation strong?  How is your emotional foundation?  If it needs some work to make it stronger, there is no time like the present.  Just like we may not have much warning before a storm hits us, so too, we often may not see situations coming that can throw us for a loop.

Take a lesson from the third little pig and don’t put off for tomorrow what you need to do today so that you will have the strength to do whatever is needed to withstand the storms of life.

Our spiritual bricks are prayer, meditation, supporting our spiritual fellowship, and building a support of deep friendships who are there for us when we need them.

 

Quote of the Week

“May you have a strong foundation when the winds of change shift…and may you be forever young.” 

Bob Dylan

 

 

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The Three Little Pigs

Remember the story of the Three Little Pigs.  The first two pigs built their houses of straw and sticks and the big bad wolf came and destroyed them.  The third pig was a wiser pig and took the time to make sure his home was strong enough (he used bricks) to withstand the big bad wolf.

Jesus also told us that we should build a strong foundation for our homes.  In both cases taking the time to make sure we have a strong foundation in either our physical or spiritual homes, allows us to withstand the Big Bad Wolf (which is any negativity that comes our way).

Is your spiritual foundation strong?  How is your emotional foundation?  If it needs some work to make it stronger, there is no time like the present.  Just like we may not have much warning before a storm hits us, so too, we often may not see situations coming that can throw us for a loop.

Take a lesson from the third little pig and don’t put off for tomorrow what you need to do today so that you will have the strength to do whatever is needed to withstand the storms of life.

Our spiritual bricks are prayer, meditation, supporting our spiritual fellowship, and building a support of deep friendships who are there for us when we need them.

Quote of the Week

“May you have a strong foundation when the winds of change shift…and may you be forever young.”  Bob Dylan

 

 

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Judge Not

“Judge not, lest ye be judged”, is one of the most quoted passages in the Bible.  But we all make judgments every day.  We judge between right and wrong, unsafe from safe choices, etc.  What Jesus is trying to tell us is to not be hypocritical in our judgments.

In other words, we should not judge others for doing the same things we do.  We, also, should not spend so much time and energy worrying about what someone is, or is not, doing and use that time wisely by looking at our own stuff.

The truth is, that looking at others and judging them, becomes an act of denial of our own shortcomings.  And, more often than not, it is our own defects that we see in others.

The rest of the scripture on, “judge not”, states, “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

In others, “If you spot it, you got it!”

 

Quote of the Week

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye, when all the time there is a plank in your own.”                                                                                  Mathew 7:4

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Calm in the Midst of A Storm

The news has been filled with stories about Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  If you live in a part of the country that was not affected, it may not mean much to you.  However, if you do live in those areas, watching hurricanes approaching, but not sure of exactly where or how strong they will be, can be stressful, to put it mildly.

However, whether we live in a hurricane area or not, we all have storms in our lives –although maybe not the kind brought on by Mother Nature.  We all have times in our lives when things seem to be so overwhelming and out of our control that they bring up fears and apprehensions about what will happen, not just during the storm, but after as well.

The first question, when faced with a weather storm or a life storm, is to ask myself, “Have I done everything on my part that I can to prepare for the storm?  Have I stored up what I need (especially faith) to face whatever comes my way knowing that I am protected and enfolded by Spirit?”

One of my favorite tools to use is Psalm 91.  I find when I read it over and over again, I begin to feel more peaceful more serene.  I know that, having done my part, I can turn the situation over to God and know that I am loved, cared for and protected.

This beautiful Psalm has always worked for me.  If you do not know it – look it up and read it.  It will bring you peace in the midst of a storm.

 

Quote of the Week

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hand, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”                                                                                                   

Psalm 91: 11-12

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