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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Doubt? Faith?

Do you ever feel like you are slipping backwards in your spiritual life? Maybe you think you are losing your connection with your Higher Power? Most of us go through such periods. The good news is that even when we feel like we have drifted from our HP, God has not left us.

Even though we believe God is always with us, sometimes we do have periods of doubt. Fortunately, God’s Presence is always with us whether we believe or not. Even when we feel alone, God’s unconditional love surrounds us. When our world seems hectic and stressful, God’s Peace is just a breath away.

The important thing is that we don’t allow such periods of doubt keep us from doing the things which will bring us back to the consciousness of our Oneness with our Creator and all of God’s creations.

If you are feeling separated, make sure you are holding no resentments by forgiving one and all, surrender to God’s will through prayer, meditation, and a long period of silence.

Quote of the Week

“When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” Jeremiah 29:13

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Are You Free?

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Fourth of July! July 4th is a great time to not only celebrate the independence of this county but to look at ourselves and ask the question, “Are we free?”

Freedom means more than being politically free. It means more than just having money and time to go and do whatever we want. Being free means free to be all that we were created to be; to be happy in spite of whatever is going on around us. If we are only happy when things in life go our way, then we are prisoners to our own thoughts and outside circumstances. We allow our minds or circumstances to place us in the chains of self bondage.

Viktor Frankl is an example of someone who found not only freedom, but peace in the midst of the most horrible circumstances. He was a prisoner in a concentration camp during Hitler’s reign of terror. In his book, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, Frankl concludes from his experience that a prisoner’s psychological reactions are not solely the result of the conditions of his life, but also from the freedom of choice he always has even in severe suffering. The inner hope a prisoner has within his spiritual self relies on having a hope in the future, and that once a prisoner loses that hope, he is doomed.

As true as that was for prisoners, so to for us. We have the freedom of choice as to how we deal with life’s big and little challenges. Today, make a decision to choose freedom.

Quote of the Week

“Every man believes himself to be in bondage to the flesh and to the things of the flesh. All suffering is the result of this belief.”
Emily Cady, “Lessons in Truth”

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Do You Feel Alone?

When life happens to you, do you feel alone? If the answer is yes, it may be time to find a spiritual community to feel a part of. It could be a church or a twelve step group. There is a strength and support that comes from being a part of a group with spiritually like minded people that can do for you what nothing else can.

We know in Truth that we are never alone – God is always present whether we feel that Presence or not. But sometimes when life comes at you like a storm, it helps to have support that you can see, hear, and touch. Just as the mighty Redwoods intertwine with each other to be supported by the entire forest, we need the Love and support of a spiritual community to become all that we can be in both the good times as well as the not so good times.

God is everywhere present, which means that God is also within every person. As a result, we often hear the voice of Spirit through what other people say, we feel embraced by the love of God within a warm hug, and we feel God’s peace when we enter a spiritual place filled with the light and energy of others on the spiritual path.

IF you do not have such a place, find one. By ourselves we may be able to do 60% but it takes a spiritual community for us to be able to do 100%. Even if you know that you are never alone, it is vital that we be supported by a spiritual community to be all that we can be by overcoming obstacles that we could not by ourselves alone.

Quote of the Week

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” Dorothy Day

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Father/Mother God?

Father God? Mother God? For many people, it seems natural to refer to our Higher Power as either male or female and this helps to make our HP more personal but, unless you had a great mother or father, personalizing God this way could be difficult.

For me, whether I refer to God as Mother or Father, depends on where I am at any given moment. When I am in need of some strength or power, or help financially, I refer to God as Father because when I think of what constitutes a good father is a man who provides and protects his family.

However, when I am emotionally distressed, I think of God as Mother because I am looking for something that is loving, nurturing, and wise.

The important thing is not what we called God but our relationship to IT. I usually think of God as something more than what words can describe. What’s important is that I make conscious contact with that HP on a daily basis and understand that there is a Higher Power and I am not It!

Quote of the Week

“As truly as God is our Father, so truly God is our Mother.”
Julian of Norwich

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Summertime!

Summer was always my favorite season as a child.  Not only was the weather warm and the days long, but there was no school!  It was a time to play, play, play!

As adults we often forget how great summer can be especially if we work the usual 50 weeks a year.  But summer can still be a time to find the joy of the season that we may have forgotten.

It can be a time where we slow down, take walks along the beach, go on nature hikes, just sit outside and enjoy the early evening breezes and relax, restore, and rejuvenate our spirits.  It can be a time to enhance our spiritual lives rather than taking time off from them.

We spend so much of our lives just rushing here and there, marking things to do off our lists, juggling all our obligations – that we often have forgotten the joys of our summers past.  This summer take some time to truly use this season to experience all this time of year has to offer.

 

Quote of the Week

 “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grown in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”  F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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