Heart Thoughts: Who is Your Veronica?

I hope all of you had a wonderful Easter. I felt the energy in our service on Sunday was truly alive and that you experienced your own resurrection. The children had their Easter Egg and canned food hunt. The canned food was to support the Windham Food Pantry.

Although Easter is behind us, and Jesus emerged from the tomb and overcame death, his work was not done. For the next 40 days, He taught and ministered to His disciples in what must have been an intensely powerful experience, preparing them for His Ascension into heaven.

Our work is not done, either. As a spiritual body we have a mission to educate, serve and create community. On April 23 we will have the opportunity to put our mission into practice. As a community we will be celebrating the 53rd year of Earth Day. Rivera Sun will be our special speaker on Sunday morning. Her talk title will be “For the Love of The Earth.” Following the service will be a community potluck and the children will be having a story time with Rivera, games, and fun. There will be music, an opportunity to walk the labyrinth, and time to connect with one another. This is a perfect day to bring a friend, or grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

If you were unable to attend the service either in person or online Sunday morning, I invite you to take the time to watch it here.

I spoke of an obscure woman, name of Veronica, who has not been mentioned in the Bible. She didn’t make the cut when the Books of the Bible were being selected. However, she had an important role to play. She stepped out of the crowd when Jesus was struggling while dragging the cross and wiped the sweat from his face. In that moment she ministered to Jesus. Who has been a Veronica in your life? Who has ministered to you when you were struggling? Who cooked a meal or ran an errand for you when you were struggling with your cross?

Now let’s turn it around, and the question is: Who have you been a Veronica for? In either situation there is a common element that has to happen, and that is surrender. I invite you to be more conscious, to be more aware of Veronica. And in doing that, in surrendering, moving into that inner opening and wiping somebody’s face, you will become a powerful force for humanity.

I invite you over the next 40 days to be aware of when you are the teacher and when you are the student. When you lead and when you surrender.

I am very excited as I begin a new series this Sunday. It is from the book It’s Not Your Money by Tosha Silver. I recently did a class on it, and it was so powerful I knew I needed to bring it to all of you. Join me this Sunday.

One last thought! Have you considered becoming a member of Unity Center for Spiritual Growth? If you would like to, please reach out to me, and I will explain our self-directed program.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey


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