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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.
“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.
In 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:
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,