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Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey
This past weekend your new board met for their annual retreat at Marie Joseph Retreat Center. It was a wonderful time of getting to know each other and discussing the vision for Unity Center for Spiritual Growth going forward. At our next community meeting we will share the intentions that we are developing and goals to support us achieving the intentions.
The new officers were selected, and they are Matt Purinton, President; Barbara Kowalska, Treasurer; Erin Conway, Secretary; and Carolyn Sanford, Treasurer. Members at large are Kim Cowperthwaite and Sandy Hobbs, and Betty Gates is the board alternate.
The talk this week brought a lot of comments from those leaving saying, “Your talk was just for me today.” I am grateful when that happens. The talk was “Turning Uncomfortable to Comfortable.” How do you live through those uncomfortable times… those times when you might be changing jobs, having a relationship end, or facing a health challenge? The question that bubbles up is, “How am I going to make it through this?”
Do we struggle? Do we resist? Do we say, “Dear God, I’ve had enough change in my life; I’m not going to change any more. This is hurting me.” Or do we become, as Jesus Christ taught, non-resistant?
I’m here to promise you that by practicing non-resistance you are going to be get through this because you’re not alone. God is with you, working with you.
When you listen to this week’s message, you will hear about the analogy of a lamp and the source and how this relates to us and our source, which is God. When you turn yourself on to God, the light comes on. The light shines into every aspect of your life. There may be a part of your life that has been very, very dark. Everything seemed bleak. But now, coming through you, there is NEW God-given light.
This light is there in your life, it can come through you to produce healing. It can come through you to produce new ideas. It can come through you to give ideas to go in a brand-new direction to bring you greater success than ever before. It is the light of God. The light of God is greater than anything that is going on in your outer life. With the light of God shining through you, you are going to be changed forever. You are going to be new.
Here is a wonderful acronym for the light inside of you: L.I.G.H.T.— Live in God’s Highest Thought.
The next time you are in a panic about change, turn that panic into a faith-filled prayer, so that you can live through the in-between times of life with great God-given peace. This may be a good affirmation for you: I AM POISED IN THE CHRIST PRESENCE. NOTHING DISTURBS THE CALM PEACE OF MY SOUL.
If you’re in-between where you were, and where you want to be, if you’re going through change, I praise that activity in you. It is when God can be most creative with your life. It means you are growing.
Next Sunday we are hosting Vaishali Mamgain at our 10 a.m. service. Please join us and bring a family member or friend; they will be glad you did. I am so grateful to the person in my life that invited me to try her church in September of 1989. Here I am 30 years later, still growing.
You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey