Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey
Happy Post Halloween! With Halloween behind us it means we are now in November. Remember to turn your clocks back this Saturday night.
On Sunday we continued the new series “Getting Real”. We looked at getting real in our relationships. Everywhere we turn we are in relationship, whether in a romantic relationship or with family, friends, co-workers or the clerk in a store. If we are in this human form, we will always be in relationships. So, what does getting real in relationships mean?
Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, said in his book Talks on Truth: “‘God is love, and to live in God-Mind, man (humankind) must cultivate love until it becomes the keynote of his life. We must love everybody and everything, ourselves included. Some people hate themselves. Self-hate is destructive. You must love yourself. Affirm the infinite love as your love, and you will find that there will be generated in your mind and body an entirely new element…
Love is the magnet. You must have love. You cannot live without it. Then begin to live in the thought of love. Personal love is part of the law, but divine love fulfills the law. Center your love thoughts upon God, and you will find love for your fellow man growing marvelously.”
I present you with three gestures of Love. If offered, these will move your relationships to a higher and more holy level, and they will be more real!
Ernest Holmes, founder of Science of Mind, wrote this about compassion:
“Compassion and caring are the ties that bind us together in mutual understanding and in the unified attempt to uncover the Divinity in each other. Compassion is the most gentle of all human virtues, for it is the outpouring of the Divine givingness through all.”
Mother Theresa said this about kindness:
“… Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.”
And Brene Brown, my new favorite author, said this about being authentic:
“The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect.”
Brene touches on the most important point that needs to be made: when we don’t have these qualities for ourselves we can’t express them to others.
Next Sunday the message will be “Let’s Get Real About Life” — this human life with all its ups and downs.
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey