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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Prayer!

Prayer works! 

I have heard many stories from people of how prayer has made a difference in their life.  A lot of times people will give examples of how they prayed about a situation and it resulted in their prayers being answered just as they had prayed for.

However, what about the times are prayers are not answered?  Does that mean there is no Higher Power?  I once heard that all prayer is answered with a “Yes”, a “No” or a “Not Now”.   Faith is trusting that even a ‘No” or “Not Now”, God has got our backs.

I heard it said that GOD stands for Good Orderly Direction.    I try to remember this when it seems my prayers are not being answered.  When I do remember,  (when things don’t go according to my plan), I have faith that GOD is large and in charge and has got me. I can then let go and see all the good that can come from a no.

Quote of the Week

“Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”

Garth Brooks 

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Miracles…

do you believe in them?  I do! I have seen and heard about many miracles that have happened in people’s lives.  One thing I know for sure, some miracles may seem to not be as obvious as others.

When we pray for a specific outcome and it does not happen, i.e., a healing, we are quick to think that miracles do not exist.  We expect miracles to be delivered like Christmas presents on Christmas morning.  If we don’t get exactly what we ask for, we think miracles are just something someone made up.

We fail to see that although we did not get the “miracle” we asked for, we in fact got another gift that we needed more – whether it was something we wanted to not.  

If we take time each day to find the little miracles that are all around us, we open ourselves up to receiving the “big” ones. 

Find the beauty, goodness, kindness, compassion and love all around and you will see miracles in your life everyday.

Quote of the Week

“Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.”           Bon Jovi

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Spring Renewal

What a wonderful time of year – Spring, Easter, Passover, Earth Day! Each one in its own way is about rebirth, renewal, rejuvenation, and Life!  

It is a time when we are reminded that before new beginnings, there are endings.  We don’t like endings because most of us are afraid of change, of new things, different things.  We often would rather stay in our pain than face the unknown.

Spring and Easter remind us that preceding life and much beauty, come times of darkness and often despair.  But no matter how bleak the winter is, spring is always behind it, and often the most beautiful Springtimes are the ones that follow the dreariest winters.

If we can remember the lesson from from the caterpillar – it is only in letting go of the old – no matter how painful the process is – that we can become what we were created to be – beautiful, unique butterflies.  

Quote of the Week

“If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can’t help but learn.”                              Bernie Siegel MD

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God’s Will/God’s Grace

In life there are times when we have to face things so difficult we might question God’s love for us.  Does God really care about me, or not?  Does God love me like everyone says He does?

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he knew he was going to his death, yet he rode into the city with dignity and grace even though he was sitting on a donkey.

How did he do this?  How did he ride into a place knowing it was going to bring about a painful and humiliating death?  Jesus knew that it was God’s plan for him so he was able to walk through the experience gracefully.

In my own life, however, I do not always go through those challenging times with as much grace.  I often go kicking and screaming, “Why, God, are you doing this to me?”  What has helped me get through those times, is knowing, that no matter how big the obstacle, God wants only the best for me (and you) in the long run.

I may not see the good, but I can trust.  Looking back on other times in my life, when all seemed hopeless, I eventually found the good that came out of those times and even though it may be hard right now, I know that we can get through this and that we will soon see the good that is contained within this difficulty. 

Another way I do this is to remember that God’s Will does not take me where God’s Grace will not keep me.  Knowing this, I can move through the darkness and into the light with grace and dignity.

Quote of the Week

“Remember that Just when life overwhelms you, God’s grace is there to pick you up.”

Author unknown 

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Getting the Strength We Need

It’s a busy world out there…

sometimes it’s because of things beyond our control, by others, or by our own schedule we are left with no time for rest and renewal.  During those times it is easy to become weary, exhausted, depleted, tired, and overwhelmed – in other words just done in!

We are three-fold humans – Body, Mind, and Spirit, therefore, we must care for all parts of ourselves. 

Body, by eating well, exercising, and getting rest when we need to take care of our physical needs.  

Mind, by having a support group, friends that are there for us, and looking at what ways we may be sabotaging ourselves which gives us the ability to be more emotionally and mentally mature and balanced.

Spiritually, by connecting with our Spirit, Higher Power, God, which we believe in, and feeds our souls.  When we take time to do this, we realize that, in Truth, the strength we get to do what is ours to do, comes not from ourselves, but from our Higher Source which dwells within.  

When the Scottish missionary, runner and Olympic champion, Eric Liddell, was asked where he gets the power to run as fast as he does, he said, “Where does the power come from, it comes from within.” 

Take care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually, and remember that true power and strength comes from within our Higher Selves.

Quote of the Week

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

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