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.
I am writing this on a train trip to Seattle. I have always wanted to take a train trip and sleep on a train. I am now fulfilling a dream. Unfortunately, instead of the usual excitement before a new adventure, I was filled with trepidation.
Not about the train ride itself, but how we were going to manage to get to the train with all the stuff we were taking. Then I remembered that the God of my understanding is All Power, All Strength, and Omnipresence. Once I remembered this Truth, I realized I had nothing to worry about and, as in the past, all was taken care of.
I do not know how I would get by in life with all its challenges without this knowing that there is a Presence that is always present and always active in my life. There was a time in my life that I did not have this connection and although I got by, it was a dark and gloomy existence without hope or faith that things would always be ok (even though it might not be as I wanted but was always what I needed).
Do you have a Higher Power that you know is always looking out for you and for your highest good? If you do not, I suggest you work on finding one that will be there for you – in both the highs and lows of life.
For me, I found that God in Unity and for that, I will always be eternally grateful to a friend who introduced me to a faith where I found this Presence and Power that is Always With Me. Thank you Mary wherever you are!
Quote of the Week
“I live in the faith that there is a Presence and Power greater than I am that nurtures and supports me in ways I could not even imagine. I know that this Presence is All knowing and All Power and is always right where I am.” Ernest Holmes
Did you make some New Year Resolutions? Have you already broken them?
Instead of resolutions that do not usually last to Valentine’s Day, let’s make some commitments that will improve our lives. They are simple but not necessarily easy ones to do but even trying to do them will help us have happier and more peaceful lives.
First thing is to forgive yourself for any mistakes you may have made in 2021 or for that matter, any time in the past. We tend to hold onto our mistakes and carry them around like a badge of honor but it does us no good to do so, just let it go.
Since we are letting go of our past mistakes it is also a time to let go of others’ past mistakes – in other words, forgive. Holding onto resentments or grudges we are holding onto of who did what to us, let it go. Nothing is gained in life by walking around with a load of unforgiveness we are dragging around like a bag of rotten potatoes. The longer we carry it, the heavier and more rancid it becomes.
Once we let go of our past mistakes and the mistakes of others, we need to replace all that negativity with Love. Each day we can ask ourselves how can I be more loving in this world? If we ask we will find ways in which to do that.
I guarantee you that if you let go of all past negativity and move forward in Love, you will not only have a better year but you will have a better life.
Quote of the Week
“Too often we give others the power of controlling our emotions. Replace fear, hate, and anger with love and you will be free.”
Joy is in the air! Can you feel it or have you too much to do and too little time?
Don’t miss the joy of the season. Stop and take the time to appreciate this time of year.
Visit some homes with amazing displays of lights, moving Santas, snowmen, and reindeers, go to a mall with a Santa to watch the faces of the children as they whisper their Christmas wishes into his ear.
Can’t do any of that? Watch a Christmas movie – “It’s A Wonderful Life” or “Miracle on 34th Street” are just two of my favorites, but there are many other good ones.
Spend time alone meditating on what this holiday means. See if you cannot feel a spark of the Divine that was within Jesus also within you.
Whatever you decide, find the joy within. Things in your life not as you would like? External things may affect how happy you feel but joy is a gift from God and no matter what the outside conditions may be, joy can always be felt when we take the time to connect with the Source of Joy.
This year make the decision that whatever may be going on, you are not going to let anything take the joy out of your heart.
May you have hope, peace, love, and joy this Christmas.
Quote of the Week
“Just remember the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.”
The Polar Express
This week we celebrated Love for Advent. But we are not talking about Love in the romantic sense, we are talking about the kind of Love that is God. This time of year we see that love in the birth of Jesus, in Mary’s love of her baby, and Joseph’s love for Mary.
The more we give love the more we receive it. Giving love, more love, can be a turning point for the soul. Turning points are the blessed moments when the hardships of life’s adversity give way to an awakening to the presence of God. Often it is a time of crisis but almost always it is when we need it the most.
Most people underestimate the power of love and how it can be a positive effect on the world around them. But the loving things we do, think, and say, do have a real effect on others. Love is a powerfully creative force that can dissolve misunderstandings and help adjust inharmonious situations.
So this holiday season it is important to remember to show people how you feel about them. You will find the season filled with enough love to flow into the entire year ahead.
Quote of the Week
“Love conquers all things.”
This is Peace week during Advent. How much peace are you experiencing?
For many people, this time of year is anything but peaceful. It seems there is more to do than there is time to do it. People are rushing around shopping for that perfect gift or buying things for parties, gatherings, and holiday meals.
But the Christmas story is about peace. Why? Because Jesus has been called the Prince of Peace. We can understand why when we read John 14:27 which says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
What Jesus is saying is that the world can only give us a certain kind of peace. It can give us a serene environment such as a quiet forest to rest in, or a beautiful, soft, sandy beach to walk on, or a high mountaintop on which we can see as far as the eye will allow.
But no matter how far we journey to find a peaceful place, the true journey to peace is made in our consciousness. Wherever we go, there we are. If we are filled with fear and worry, even if we escape to a peaceful place, that fear and worry will be there with us.
If on the other hand, we have inner peace we will feel the inner quiet of true peace no matter what is going on around us. Take time this week to spend some quiet time every day breathing deeply and experiencing the peace within. It is well worth the time.
Quote of the Week
“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”