Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey
My heart is full to overflowing after the wonderful reception that both LeRoy and I received yesterday from this amazing community after having been away. It felt so good to be back!
The sanctuary is dressed to the nines for the holidays, thanks to Patti Lacombe and Randall Sawyer.
Please note that there will not be an 8 a.m. service on Christmas Eve morning, as we will be having a play put on by members of our community.
Advent began this past Sunday with the message of Hope and Faith. The focus of the message was that we are the light to dispel the darkness that seems to be surrounding us. Jesus, our elder brother and wayshower, came into the world to awaken within us the indwelling Spirit.
John 1:9 reads, “The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” The spiritual image and likeness in which we are all created is the I AM, the Christ, our own true Self or, as the Apostle Paul said: “. . . Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
The Christ is not “born” in the sense that something comes into being that did not exist before. The birth of the Christ is really an awakening or enlightenment that takes place within our individual consciousness. It is an awakening to the divine nature expressing as the true, spiritual, higher Self. God’s perfect idea for humankind has always been, and will always be, for it is eternal.
Our greatest awareness is reached when we realize that Christmas is really our story — the story of the birth of the Christ in us! Let your true Self be revealed to you as never before… let it be born in the manger of your heart.
Here is an affirmation to carry with you this week: “I AM the Christ, an expression of the living God.”
As it’s been said, “Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born, if He is not born in thee, thy soul is still forlorn.” We are reborn as we awaken to this Presence!
As you go through your week, whether at your job, Christmas shopping, or in the sanctuary of your own home, remember to let your light shine brightly. Scripture tells us, “And the Light is shining in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it.”
Next Sunday is the second Sunday of Advent, and the theme is Peace. See you there!
Following the service next Sunday, plan to stay for a heart-based meditation workshop with Paul and Sandra Dugliss. Here is a great opportunity to do self-care through the holiday season. The following Saturday, December 16, will be the next Silent Saturday again, another opportunity to unplug from the to-do lists and deadlines that this time of the year tends to overload our calendars with.
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey