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Advent Week 3: Awakening to Love

Sunday Service with the Rev. Patricia Bessey

Our community is blessed to have a Prayer Chaplain program that has been in existence for a few years. It is under the leadership of Sue Vittner and she is supported by Rev. Airin Wolf. This past Sunday we witnessed the dedication ceremony of the new Prayer Chaplains for 2015. Returning to serve again are Jaclyn Aslya, Jack Cole, Betty Gates, Todd Glacy, Mimo Otis and Sue Vittner. Lorrie Marx-Adams, Carolyn Sanford and Christine Wolf have joined the team this year. We are blessed to have these folks available after the service every Sunday to pray with you during the difficult times and in the good times.

We celebrated the third Sunday of Advent and the candle we lit was for Love. The talk title was Awakening to Love. I shared an acronym for love and it is…

L – LISTEN intently to the people with whom you are traveling on the journey. Listen deeply; it is a great gift.

O – OPTIMIZE the time you have with your loved ones. The truth is, we do not know our last hour; don’t postpone giving your love.

V – VALUE the people in your life; really notice their goodness.

E – EXPRESS your gratitude, appreciation and praise.

I reminded folks and I will remind you reading this as well… we were born an original blessing created after the image and likeness of God who is LOVE, therefore, we are LOVE.

The sure way to experience love is to give it. Giving love demonstrates to yourself that you have it, because you can’t give something you don’t have, can you?  There is no one without love to give. Love conquers all things.

“Love is the one power that eventually can cut through all obstacles.” — Mary Morrissey

Here is a story of a little girl who knew something about love.

THE GOLD WRAPPING PAPER

Once upon a time, there was a man who worked very hard just to keep food on the table for his family. This particular year a few days before Christmas, he punished his little five-year-old daughter after learning that she had used up the family’s only roll of expensive gold wrapping paper.

giftAs money was tight, he became even more upset when on Christmas Eve he saw that the child had used all of the expensive gold paper to decorate one shoebox she had put under the Christmas tree. He also was concerned about where she had gotten the money to buy what was in the shoebox.

Nevertheless, the next morning the little girl, filled with excitement, brought the gift box to her father and said, “This is for you, Daddy!”

As he opened the box, the father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, now regretting how he had punished her. But when he opened the shoebox, he found it was empty and again his anger flared. “Don’t you know, young lady,” he said harshly, “when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside the package!”

The little girl looked up at him with sad tears rolling from her eyes and whispered: “Daddy, it’s not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was all full.”

The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his precious little girl. He begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later. It is told that the father kept this little gold box by his bed for all the years of his life. Whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems, he would open the box, take out an imaginary kiss, and remember the love of this beautiful child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us has been given an invisible golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, friends and God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

So if you want to see love in action, join us next Sunday as our children present the Twelve Powers Christmas Play.  
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

Advent Week 2: Awakening to Peace

Sunday Service with the Rev. Patricia Bessey

Deck the halls… I have been decorating my house for Christmas and feeling the Hope, Peace, Love and Joy of the Advent season. I am looking forward to caroling at Ledgewood Manor Nursing Home in Windham this Saturday at 1 p.m. I hope you can join us as we bring the joy of the season to others.

Many have asked what actually does Advent mean. Advent is the beginning of the Christian church year…it is the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.

This past Sunday was the second Sunday and the focus was on Peace.

mary-jesus“For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

Isn’t it interesting that peace comes in the form of a child! And the name of the child is “Wonderful Counselor”… when we allow the Christ to guide and direct us in our life, we learn to be peaceful on the inside regardless of what life is showing us on the outside.

Jesus came to assure us that we can experience the peace of God and He even taught us how to do that. He also came to teach us that we can have a direct, personal, inner relationship with God… that is the HOPE that Christmas brings… “Christ in YOU, the HOPE of glory.”

And when we discover our divinity, we will discover that WE are a gift to our world.

I think there are three important areas that we must focus on in order to experience peace in our lives…

•    We must learn to follow our hearts.
•    We must start being honest with ourselves as never before.
•    We must begin to respect who and what we are.

If we can remember these three things, we will begin to live in a state of peace… in one peaceful world.

discover-the-power copyIn the book Discover the Power Within You by Eric Butterworth, a Unity minister, he
shares a wonderful story about a man who used to come to the same newsstand where he bought his paper. The man behind the newsstand was so rude to this customer, but this customer would always wish him a “good morning.”

This went on for some time, and finally one day Eric asked the customer, “Why are you so nice to him when he is so rude to you?” The man answered, “Why should I allow him to control the way I feel?”

Great question… we should ask it of ourselves more often. Why do we allow other people to control how we feel? We do have a choice here. After all, we are the ones living inside of us — there’s no one but us in there!

If you are living in integrity with the truth of your being then your outer life will be a reflection of your inner life and you’ll be at peace.

If there is turmoil in your outer life, then look at what’s inside of you and change what’s inside of you. This must be done before your outer world will change.

And this is especially important to remember during the Christmas season. When you’re out in the hustle and bustle, there are going to be people not expressing peace. But understand, whatever they do, they do because that’s the space they are in.

You do not have to let them control YOUR space.

Someone once said,
If somebody hurts you;
If somebody makes you angry; or
If somebody pulls your strings.
This is what you do:

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Unity minister Jim Rosemergy wrote: “When you are at peace with yourself, all people will be your brothers and sisters.”

Peace comes from the heart. Give yourself the gift of peace this Christmas. And the peace in your hearts will flow forth to create ONE PEACEFUL WORLD!

Join me next Sunday, as the message will be Awakening to Love.
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

Advent Week 1: Awaking to Hope

Sunday Service with the Rev. Patricia Bessey

This past Sunday was the first day of Advent. We start a four-week journey into Christmas. Each Sunday we will light one candle as we prepare ourselves for the birth of the Christ child, which dwells within us.

Our Advent wreath is round, without beginning or end, to represent the completeness that we have in Christ, God in us.

Our first candle represents HOPE. We recall the hope we have in Christ.

christmas-journey2The prophets of Israel all spoke of the coming of Christ, of how a savior would be born, a king in the line of David. They spoke of how he would rule the world wisely and bless all nations.

On Christmas day the Christ of our hope was born. On Good Friday the Christ of our hope died. On Easter day, the Christ of our hope rose from the dead. He then ascended into heaven. On that day, the Christ of our hope demonstrated eternal life.

As the follower of the Christ, we carry His message. We light this candle to remember that he came to us humbly in the manger at Bethlehem and gave light to the world.

The candle of HOPE is to remind us to be alert and never forget that “Christ in You is Your Hope of Glory.”

You might choose to light a candle each week. Once the candle is lit now the waiting has begun. We have started on our way, time to think of Christmas Day.

candleCandle, candle, burning bright, shining in the cold winter night.
Candle, candle burning bright, fill our hearts with Christmas light.

I will share a story I told on Sunday, as I believe it is a perfect example of Unity’s teachings of seeing the good in the face of adversity. Hope is the precursor to Faith.

Two oncologists were overheard conversing one morning. One complained bitterly, “You know, Bob, I just don’t understand. We used the same drugs, the same dosage, the same schedule and the same entry criteria. Yet I get a 22% response rate …and you get a 74%. That’s UNHEARD of for meta-static cancer…. How do you do it?”

His colleague replied, “We’re both using: E-top-o-side, Platinum, On-co-vin and Hydroxy-urea….and you call it E.P.O.H., right? Well, instead of telling my patients they’re getting a drug called EPOH – I tell them I’m giving them a drug called HOPE! H.O.P.E (Same letters – different sequence). As dismal as the statistics are, I emphasize that we have a chance”
(By William M. Buchholz, M.D. Chicken Soup – Surviving Soul)

Having HOPE can make such a difference in our lives. One spark of Hope can catapult us over a chasm of doubt and fear!

“HOPE is the expectation of good in the future. Hope is a quality of sense mind because it is subject to time (i.e. the Future)”. Charles Fillmore, Co-founder of Unity
HOPE was awakened on a silent night over two thousand years ago in the form of a baby… and the Christ is still awakening in unexpected places, at unexpected times in our life and our world today.

This Christmas… awaken to the Christ… YOU… and remember:  Christ is your hope of glory!

Join us next week as we “Awaken to Peace.”
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

Taize Service

Sunday Service with the Rev. Patricia Bessey and the Unity Chaplains

You are receiving this on the eve of Thanksgiving. In this time of gratitude I give thanks for each one of you. I value and appreciate your confidence in me and the many ways in which you support Unity of Greater Portland.

May you and your family be blessed on Thanksgiving and throughout the rest of the year!

The Legend of the Corn
The legend says that on the first winter in America was bitter cold for the Pilgrims and food was in short supply. The story goes that on some days the food was so scarce that they only enough food for each new person to have five kernels of corn in their rations.

Finally spring came and the surviving Pilgrims planted food in hopes to replenish their supply and gain strength.

When it came time to give thanks (Thanksgiving) the Pilgrims put five kernels of corn on each plate to remind themselves of their blessings.

According to the Legend:
•    The first kernel to remind them of the beauty of the autumn harvest.
•    The second kernel to remind them to give thanks for each other and to love each other.
•    The third kernel to remind them of God’s love and care for them.
•    The fourth kernel to remind them of their friends among the Native Americans.
•    The fifth kernel to remind them of the people in other lands and give thanks for their new freedom.

I have used this and we go around the table sharing five things we are thankful for this day.
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat