Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey, May 11, 2014
I am writing to you on Sunday afternoon even though you won’t get this until Wednesday; however, I will be on a mini-vacation Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Rev. LeRoy and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and I am celebrating my birthday, both on Tuesday.
I can hardly believe it was 20 years ago when we made the outer commitment to a deep spiritual commitment that we had made to each other in the very sanctuary that I have the privilege of speaking to you from on Sundays. Many who are part of this community today were there for that most important day in our lives. It has been quite the journey and I feel there is a lot more adventure for us ahead.
A special shout-out to the men at Unity of Greater Portland… they stepped to the plate this Sunday by serving lunch and cleaning up after. Our chef extraordinaire Ingrid Avery was in St. Thomas this weekend spending quality time with her parents and so Rev. LeRoy took over the chef duties and the men took over the kitchen. To name a few who were there to help… Don Lavoie, Matt Purinton, Henry Lugg, Eric Rosseland, Randall Sawyer, and if I missed anyone my apologies.
Strength is the ability to be resilient; endure; persist; stay the course; persevere; to be mentally tough. The location in our body is in the small of the back, the color is spring green and the disciple is Andrew.
Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore said: “Never let the thought of weakness enter your consciousness, but always ignore the suggestion and affirm yourself to be the tower of strength, within and without.”
According to Mr. Fillmore in the book he wrote, Keep a True Lent, “Strength is freedom from weakness; stability of character, power to withstand temptation.”
“Strength is our right as a child of God. We do not inherit weakness. We do not have to accept anything less than a perfect expression of physical, mental and spiritual strength. But we must pay the price of learning to watch and train our thoughts and feelings as we develop the vitality and endurance that is our divine inheritance.” — Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann – Your God-Given Potential
Affirmation: I claim STRENGTH now. Regardless of the circumstances, I stay the course so I can be the best, the most spiritually mature person I can be.
Wisdom is the Power to practically apply what is known; intuitively discern and make heart connections. The location in the body is the pit of the stomach, the color is yellow and the disciple is Andrew.
A quote from Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity: “Judgment (WISDOM) is a faculty of mind that can be exercised in two ways – from sense perception or spiritual understanding. If its action is based on sense perception, its conclusions are fallible and often condemnatory; if based on spiritual understanding, they are safe.”
“Our purpose in developing this faculty is to let the light of Spirit shine through us, directing all our thoughts, words, actions and motivations. Wisdom must also be employed in directing the activities and unfoldment of the other eleven qualities.” — Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann – Your God-Given Potential
Affirmation: I claim the highest, most elevated WISDOM now, I use WISDOM to wisely discern how to apply what I understand, so I can be the best person I can be.
Join me next week as we continue this series, and we will be working with Understanding and Zeal.
You are a blessing in my life,