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.
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to have faith when life is going well – when you feel healthy and strong, have loving relationships, are financially secure; in other words when all is well in your world.
But what happens when everything is not going the way you want it to in your life? How is your faith then? It would be wonderful if our faith never waivered never faltered, but alas, for many of us, this is not the case.
Almost anyone who has had deep spiritual experiences have also experienced “dark night of the soul(s)”. Peter, one of Jesus’s disciples experienced it several times even though he had a life changing experience. And he was not alone. Many spiritual giants did as well.
How does that help you? If you are having a rough time in your life, don’t get discouraged. It is sometimes through our darkest days that we find the greatest light. Believe that, trust that, and have faith that you will get through it and find the light at the end of the tunnel.
Quote of the Week
“Raindrops and teardrops have two things in common. Both fall freely, and yield abundance. The former leads to abundant harvest and the latter, abundant mercy.”
Martin Uzochukwu Ugwu
A new year is a wonderful time for new beginnings. I am not talking about resolutions but about making real lasting changes in your life in areas in which they are needed.
As we enter this New Year, this New Decade, move Boldly Forward. Don’t worry about what the New Year will bring to you but think of what you can bring into the New Year. Life is too short to spend your days looking behind you – spend them instead on looking what’s right in front of you and beyond.
So have a Happy New Year! May it be a year in which your mantra is, “Life is good, all is well and I am blessed.”
Quote of the Year
“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.”
My Christmas wish for you and yours is to have a wonderful Christmas filled with hope, peace, love and joy. May you remember what this holiday is about and know that whatever you do or wherever you go, you are not alone and you are loved.
Although Christmas is only one day in the year, we can make it last all year long by keeping the Spirit of Christmas in our hearts and minds always. That is the best gift we can give, not just to our loved ones, and ourselves, but to the entire world as well.
Let your light shine and make Christmas live all year long!
Tis the season of Love! There is something about this time of year that brings out the love in people. People are a little kinder, a little more generous, a little friendlier, and a lot more loving. That is because it is a season in which we celebrate the birth of Love.
The Christmas story is a story of Love –Mary’s love, Joseph’s love, the Shepherds, the Wise Men, but mostly God’s Love. It is a time for us to remember that the holiday is not about the gifts, the food, even family, but about a consciousness of God’s Love for us.
This holiday season, be Love in this world. Give folks a warm smile, a hug, a word of encouragement, and tell someone who may not feel loved – that they are loved! Reach out and be a vehicle of Love and see how it can make the holiday brighter, not just for others, but for yourself as well.
Quote of the Week
“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.”
Ruth Carter Stapleton
‘Tis the season of Peace, but with all the parties, shopping, wrapping, traveling, etc. – it is often anything but peaceful.
Peace is not just about controlling your environment or the world so nothing disturbs your peace. It’s all about the peace within.
Jesus is often referred to as the Prince of Peace and in John 14:27 he says: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you. Not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
In this famous verse, Jesus is saying that we cannot get the peace we seek from the world – in other words, when everything is ok within our life, then we will have peace. Peace is an inside job so no matter how crazy things are this holiday season, find time to find the peace that is always deep within us.
When things around you are hectic, sit still, close your eyes, and slowly repeat over and over, “Peace…be still.” This may take five minutes…maybe twenty, but have patience and the peace you seek will appear like magic and you’ll wonder why you don’t do this every day,
Quote of the Week
“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson