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.
The holidays are here and people tend to fall into two categories regarding the holidays – either they love them or they dread them. I am in the former category – I love the holidays – the lights, the decorations, the hustle and bustle of shoppers, the food – the whole shebang!
For me, Christmas is all about hope. Hope is God’s gift to us to insure our happiness in the face of challenges that often come in life. This gift is unique for each of us because it is designed to meet our individual needs. It is what keeps us keeping on when we want to give up.
At this time of year things just seem a little more hopeful – not just for us as individuals but for the world as a whole. I think that is one of the main reasons I love this season so much.
So this holiday, take some time to focus on hope and know that hope is the seed from which faith blossoms.
Quote of the Week
“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.”
I wish for you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and one in which gratitude is not only the centerpiece for your dinner table but is the centerpiece in your life as well.
Let us all remember what this holiday is about and take the time to express our thankfulness for all that we have or have not, for all that we are or are not, and for all that is and is not.
Remember that what we place our attention on we draw to us, so the more we express gratitude (every day), the more things we will have to be grateful for.
In Love and Gratitude,
So often we hear that our thoughts determine our life – any illness we have, any disasters we live through (i.e. fire, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.), any tragedies that befall us – as well as any good that happens in our lives. Our thoughts do make a difference in our lives but our thoughts do not determine or cause everything that happens to us.
What our thoughts determine is the condition of our mind and it is our minds that will convince us that everything is great or terrible. Events happen – the fires that rage through California are not caused because of thoughts we might have – but our thoughts do determine how we deal with what life brings us.
During the Depression in the 1930’a many people were so distraught that they jumped out of buildings. However, there were others who were able to rise above the economic conditions and not just survive but thrive in those difficult times.
When life brings us whatever it does, we can change our thoughts, and consequently change our words and actions to find a way to live with dignity and grace no matter what is going on around us. That is really how our thoughts determine the quality of our lives.
Quote of the Week
“It’s not the situation that’s causing your stress, it’s your thoughts, and you can change that right here and now. You can choose to be peaceful right here and now. Peace is a choice, and it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.”
Gerald G. Jampolsky, MD
Yesterday was Election Day and I hope everyone voted. Whatever you believe, it is important to stand up for those beliefs.
Our ability to make choices is one of the greatest gifts we have been given by Spirit. Everyday we make decisions – some are big ones, some small – but however important or unimportant they are, choices give us a say in our life.
Although no matter how we may vote, the choice we make on election day may not bring about the result that we seek, it is still a choice we make and we should be grateful we have that opportunity.
In my life I have made many choices – some gave me good results, some not such great ones. However, I have found that it is not the results that matter but the fact that I get to make a choice.
That certainly can be true during an election. When our choices do not result in the way we had hoped for, it I important to remember that acceptance is a powerful key to bring us peace and happiness. Also to know that we have done all that we could do and we have spoken up for what we believe.
I am grateful for my ability to choose not just during an election but in life in general.
Quote of the Week
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King, Jr
It is a time of trick or treating, dressing up, being someone different, parties, and for many, the kickoff for the holiday season which follows. Houses are decorated and stocked with goodies for the trick or treaters, and autumn fills the air.
Halloween also gives us an opportunity to do some work on our spiritual growth. We can use it as a time to overcome fears by wearing something scary or going to a haunted house.
Halloween also gives us a chance to play a new role – to be someone different – to be whoever we want to be. That is why kids, and adults as well, love Halloween so much.
Spiritually, it gives us an opportunity to face our shadow self. When we see children dressed up like monsters it can serve as a reminder to look at our own inner darkness. It is a chance to look within and see if we are holding onto resentments, unforgiveness to others as well as ourselves, to look at any shame that might be weighing us down, or any negative beliefs about who we truly are.
So have a fun this Halloween, and remember, the only true monsters are the demons within that we choose to avoid and ignore.
Quote of the Week
“The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed.” Carl Jung