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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New Year, New Opportunities

The Holidays are over!

Depending on how you experience them, that is either glad or sad news.

For those who love the holidays the time after can be an emotional let down. On the other hand, for those scrooges out there, finally putting the music, lights, shopping frenzy and time with family and friends to an end, is an event they look forward to.

No matter how you feel about the holidays, this is a great time of the year. It is a time of possibility, anticipation, and hope. We have a new year, a clean slate and we can make this year whatever we want to.

What changes would you like to see in 2018? What things would you like to stay the same? What is yours to do this year to make it the best year ever?

Set some intentions, take some action, and step forth into a new adventure of life called 2018.

Quote of the Week

“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.”
Vern McLellan

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Happy New Year!

The New Year is almost here! I love this time of the year because it is a perfect time for releasing anything we do not want to carry into the New Year, and affirming what we want to replace it with. It is a time of endings and beginnings – it is a time for rebirth and renewal.

I do not mean making a lot of resolutions we know we won’t keep past the end of the month, but by looking at our accomplishments during the past year, we can then make reasonable intentions for the new year.

When we set intentions we give ourselves a positive direction in which to head.
What do you want to improve, enhance or begin in 2018? What better time is there to start then at the new year.

One word of caution, if you fall short of your intentions next year, do not let the disappointment cause you to give up. Remember, every day we are on this earth, is an opportunity for a fresh start!

Quote of the Week

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
Unknown

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Merry Christmas

It’s Christmas! (Well almost!)

Depending on how you feel about this whole Christmas thing, or how behind you are on all the cooking, shopping, etc., the fact it’s almost Christmas can be seen as good or not so good.

We can get so busy in the rush before Christmas that we forget what Christmas is really about.  Many people celebrate Christmas without any thought as to what we are celebrating.

We forget that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus who represents the birth of Hope, Love, and Peace on earth.

So in these last days before Christmas, take time out to remember what and why we celebrate.  Reach out in Love to others, find peace within – no matter how busy you may be, and never give up having hope that all the things Jesus represents are not lost.

This Christmas, take time to remember a small infant born a long time ago, who taught us that we are not alone and that we are loved by Pure Unconditional Love.

Have a Very Merry Christmas!

Quote of the Week

“Christmas is forgetting self and finding time for others.”

Betty Poluk

 

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Christmas Love

Christmas is a Season of Love.  It is a time where we are more loving toward others – not just family and friends – but strangers as well.  The Christmas Story is also a story of Love.   It is a story of the Love of Joseph for Mary, Mary for her unborn child, God’s Love, and the Love of strangers, i.e. the shepherds and the Wise Men.

However, we often forget during this busy season to LOVE OURSELVES.  We stretch ourselves thin trying to get the right gifts, send out cards to whoever we might receive one from, cooking and baking for either parties we are hosting or going to.    All this stress often causes us to love less rather than be more loving.

It is a shame that we forget during this hectic time that what Christmas means is Love.  So during this time before Christmas let’s remember the things that are important – friends and family, children’s laughter, the gift that was given to us with the birth of Jesus, and most importantly the Love of God that is always with us, not just during the Holiday season.

So this Christmas, let us give the gift that keeps on giving – Love to everyone in our life and everyone we meet.  Love is the only gift we can never have enough of, or give enough of.  So this Christmas – let’s reach out and love somebody including ourselves!

 

Quote of the Week

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” 

Roy L. Smith

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Peace

Christmas time is a time for “peace on earth, goodwill to men”.  However, peace begins with us as individuals for how can we have “peace on earth”, when we feel no peace within ourselves.

I believe that what keeps us from a feeling of peace is one of two things – we allow circumstances outside to take away any peace we might be feeling or we allow thoughts within to steal our peace.

Often we let people, places and things/events disturb our peace.  Michael Singer in his book, The Untethered Soul, says that when someone or something is disturbing us, that we pull back (mentally and emotionally) from that thing. By creating a space, we allow the disturbance to pass by without attaching itself to us.  Try this – the next time something out there bothers you, mentally pull back and see if you do not feel more peace in the situation.

The second thing that disturbs our peace is the negative thoughts about ourselves that we hold onto – thoughts of low self-esteem, guilt, shame or unforgiveness for others or ourselves.  How can we be at peace in the world if we are not at peace with ourselves?  If we believe in a Higher Power that is Perfection, how can we believe it can create anything less than perfection?  That does not mean that we have no flaws, it just means that we are a work in progress.

This holiday season, as things get more and more hectic, remember that peace is an inside job, and peace on earth will only happen when we feel peace within.

 

Quote of the Week

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”              Ralph Waldo Emerson

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