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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Do You Feel Alone?

When life happens to you, do you feel alone? If the answer is yes, it may be time to find a spiritual community to feel a part of. It could be a church or a twelve step group. There is a strength and support that comes from being a part of a group with spiritually like minded people that can do for you what nothing else can.

We know in Truth that we are never alone – God is always present whether we feel that Presence or not. But sometimes when life comes at you like a storm, it helps to have support that you can see, hear, and touch. Just as the mighty Redwoods intertwine with each other to be supported by the entire forest, we need the Love and support of a spiritual community to become all that we can be in both the good times as well as the not so good times.

God is everywhere present, which means that God is also within every person. As a result, we often hear the voice of Spirit through what other people say, we feel embraced by the love of God within a warm hug, and we feel God’s peace when we enter a spiritual place filled with the light and energy of others on the spiritual path.

IF you do not have such a place, find one. By ourselves we may be able to do 60% but it takes a spiritual community for us to be able to do 100%. Even if you know that you are never alone, it is vital that we be supported by a spiritual community to be all that we can be by overcoming obstacles that we could not by ourselves alone.

Quote of the Week

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” Dorothy Day

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Father/Mother God?

Father God? Mother God? For many people, it seems natural to refer to our Higher Power as either male or female and this helps to make our HP more personal but, unless you had a great mother or father, personalizing God this way could be difficult.

For me, whether I refer to God as Mother or Father, depends on where I am at any given moment. When I am in need of some strength or power, or help financially, I refer to God as Father because when I think of what constitutes a good father is a man who provides and protects his family.

However, when I am emotionally distressed, I think of God as Mother because I am looking for something that is loving, nurturing, and wise.

The important thing is not what we called God but our relationship to IT. I usually think of God as something more than what words can describe. What’s important is that I make conscious contact with that HP on a daily basis and understand that there is a Higher Power and I am not It!

Quote of the Week

“As truly as God is our Father, so truly God is our Mother.”
Julian of Norwich

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Summertime!

Summer was always my favorite season as a child.  Not only was the weather warm and the days long, but there was no school!  It was a time to play, play, play!

As adults we often forget how great summer can be especially if we work the usual 50 weeks a year.  But summer can still be a time to find the joy of the season that we may have forgotten.

It can be a time where we slow down, take walks along the beach, go on nature hikes, just sit outside and enjoy the early evening breezes and relax, restore, and rejuvenate our spirits.  It can be a time to enhance our spiritual lives rather than taking time off from them.

We spend so much of our lives just rushing here and there, marking things to do off our lists, juggling all our obligations – that we often have forgotten the joys of our summers past.  This summer take some time to truly use this season to experience all this time of year has to offer.

 

Quote of the Week

 “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grown in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”  F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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Childlike Spirituality

Jesus tells us that we must become like little children to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (which I believe is, a state of mind right here and now).

Why do we have to be like little children?  Because little children have a faith which few adults can emulate.  We get so busy with our lives, our responsibilities, and answering to others, that we fail to notice the small miracles all around us that children can see so easily.

When was the last time you took a look at a blue sky, stop and smell a rose, try to chase a rainbow, or just laugh at some silly thing?  When was the last time you stood in the rain with your tongue out, trying to taste a raindrop?  Or skipped down a street?

Everyone needs to take time to find joy in the little things, laugh, play and dance.  It might surprise you how it, can not only uplift your mood, but also take years off your life.

Quote of the Week

“While we teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”  Richard L. Evans

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Is a gracious world possible?

Is it possible for us to have a gracious world where we live by the Golden Rule – treating others as we want to be treated? Is it possible to have a world in which everyone no longer participates in systems that demean and devalue the cultures of others?

It is possible but it means being willing to overcome the cultural, religious, and national prejudices that have separated us. It means learning to embrace everyone fully as children of God.

As individuals we can begin to make such a change by really looking at our own participation in our thinking, our attitudes, and behaviors we know do not value others. It means treating everyone we come in contact with, with resect, dignity, and graciousness. It seems simple but it is not easy.

Give yourself a challenge. For one week try to look upon everyone you come in contact as a child of God and treat them with the respect you would want for yourself. For one week, try viewing other cultures that you hear about in the news without judging them as bad or less than you.

I believe we can make a difference in the world but it must start with us as individuals. If we can be kind, compassionate, generous, and gracious in our daily lives, we begin to change the world we want to see.

Quote of the Week

“(We) cannot hope to build a better world without improving individuals. To that end, each of us must work for (our) own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.”
Marie Curie

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