Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey
Another week has rolled around, and the temperature is now feeling more like fall. Just a reminder that we have a policy in place for winter storms: If the weather bureau issues a winter storm warning, that is an automatic closing for our ministry. What this means is if it is during the week and there is a class or event scheduled, that it is canceled. The same applies to Sunday services.
Many of you knew that Rev. LeRoy and I were planning a trip to New Zealand and would be gone for a month. That trip is canceled, as Rev. LeRoy is experiencing some physical challenges and it is not a time to travel. I will be taking a couple of weeks off and use the time for spiritual renewal. I am shamelessly asking you to please attend services as you would if I were there. We have great speakers for both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services on November 19 and 26. I will be back on December 4. During this time off, I will not be answering emails or phone calls, so if you need to speak with someone, call the office at 893-1233, and the prayer line is checked daily.
It is interesting how the Universe has such a sense of humor. The series I am doing is called “Get Real.” This past Sunday it was “Let’s Get Real About Life.” Life has a way of turning things around and going in directions we weren’t expecting, such as not going to New Zealand. We looked at life from the lower case “l” and the upper case “L.”
Charles Fillmore in his book Talks on Truth wrote this: “We find that life is a principle; that it is inherent in Being, everywhere present at all times; that it is manifest to consciousness through vehicles; that these vehicles are animated by life according to their capacity or power to express it; that that capacity or power of expression is governed by the idea of life that is infused into it by the generative energy of the I AM.”
I shared a parable about a beautiful young river that became obsessed with chasing clouds and how that affected her life. It is a wonderful parable and has a great deal of meaning for us all.
Here are three points from the parable of which you might want to listen to get the full appreciation of these points…
- We are born with purity, beauty and innocence. We come into this life having that beautiful connection to Source, to Life (upper case “L”), to the ocean in our parable — innocent and pure, beautiful, playful, joyous. — And then we learn about clouds! All those things in life we want but do not have.
- We Chase After Clouds. The message our river is bringing us is that in this human life, we can get so caught up in chasing our clouds — whatever that looks like — and being unhappy about not having them we lose sight of everything else and become unhappy, desperate and resentful — in other words, we suffer. — But when we quit chasing it and open ourselves up to the beauty of life (the sky, the moon), then peace and happiness occur, and the clouds take on a whole new meaning.
- Return/Surrender to Source… to Life. Surrender here doesn’t mean white flags, giving up, conceding. I once heard the spiritual practice of surrender defined as: Having a belief that as deeply as we are willing to let go, Spirit is willing to fill us up.
So this is what this journey in life is about: realizing who we are in God, returning to center, returning to Source, returning to the ocean of Life itself.
The parable of the river’s journey helps us get real about the interplay between lower case “l” life and upper case “L” Life.
As a reminder:
- We are born pure and innocent and beautiful and magnificent because we are born of Life;
- We lose our footing and sometimes our way in this life when we chase after what we want and don’t have, rather than loving it into being; and
- Our greatest, deepest satisfaction in this life occurs when we are in conscious union with the invisible, the ineffable, the eternal Life.
Next Sunday’s message will be “Let’s Get Real About Personal Transformation.”
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey