Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey
On Sunday we celebrated John Michael Roods, who over the last several years has given of his time, talents and treasures to bringing pockets of beauty to the grounds at Unity of Greater Portland. He has reclaimed so much of our land and has seen that it has been well cared for. John Michael, we love and appreciate you and all that you have given to us.
A new series, “Let’s Get Real About Life’s Lessons,” began this past Sunday. Often you hear people say that God is testing them when a problem or problems are in their life. The message on Sunday gave evidence that is a myth and is unequivocally not so.
Charles Fillmore wrote the following quote in his book, Talks on Truth:
“The love of God for His children is beyond description – a love so tender and so deep that it cannot be mentioned in the same breath with the ordinary love as known by the world. The great love of Being is deeper and wider that the thoughts and the words of man have compassed since the beginning of language.”
I believe there is no room in that statement for a God/Life that tests us and gives us difficult lessons. So what do I believe about these experiences we have that do seem to test our faith and our resolve? That do feel like someone or something is against me? I believe that the Essence of our Being, the God of our Being, the Internal Spark of Life that only wants to be as fully expressed through and as us as possible is calling experiences into our life so that we can become who we came here to be.
Ernest Holmes, founder of Religious Science, tells us in the book Science of Mind, “… We reach out to Infinity and since we cannot encompass Infinity, we shall always be expanding and always enlarging our capacity to know and to experience.”
We are here to learn, to grow, and daily life is guaranteed to offer us all we need to evolve and awaken to our higher purpose. Accepting that that is so, here are four quick ideas as you embrace this new way of looking at Life Lessons.
• We Can’t Escape Our Growth Experiences.
• They are Repeated Until We Get It!
• They Get More Challenging.
• They May Seem Daunting, But We Can Grow!
The purpose of every growth opportunity is to heal the belief in separation. Every step of the way, the Infinite Source of Good that is only conspiring for our good is as close as our breath, as near as our hands and feet! If you feel that you are being held to the fire, remember you aren’t being tested. You have called it in for one reason and one reason only: so that the image of God can be more fully seen as you.
Next Sunday we will look at “Getting Real in Relationships.”
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey
P.S. Our deepest thanks to the kind souls who volunteered to be helpers with our Children’s Church. What a tremendous gesture of love and support – we are so grateful to you!!