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Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey
Only 13 days to Christmas! I do hope you have given yourself the gift of being peaceful and calm. It is okay to let go of some of the things you have always done. Your family and friends will benefit from you being present to them more than to whatever it is that will cause you more stress.
This past Sunday – the second Sunday in Advent – the focus was on peace. In Attitudinal Healing, one of the principles is: “You can be peaceful on the inside regardless of what is happening on the outside.” Peace is an internal job. Nothing outside of you can contribute to your lack of peace unless you allow it.
You are the one. You make the decision whether you’re going to be peaceful in this day and in this moment or not. You cannot lose your peace based on what others are doing. You lose your peace because of what you are thinking/doing — or failing to think/do.
The whole reason we celebrate the birth of Jesus is because he was on a holy mission to bring us a message — not just to the world, but to us as individuals. His message was a message of peace and it must be alive inside of you and me today, or it’s dead.
Peace is not just going apart for a while and meditating and praying. Peace is a state of being alert. It is a state of consciousness. Peace is an atmosphere of your heart. It is a state of your individual soul. It has nothing to do with environment or circumstance. When you are at peace, you are an open channel for that which is yours by Divine right.
How can you live your life better today, tomorrow or next year? This is what we’re talking about. We are not here studying about Jesus; we’re taking on the teachings of Jesus.” What does that mean? In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “Blessed are the Peacemakers.” Fr. John Dear in his book The Beatitudes of Peace said that “Blessed are” is an incorrect translation. A more accurate translation would be “Arise, get up, get moving… start walking and walk forth.” In The Beatitudes of Peace, Fr. John shares a conversation with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Listen to this week’s Sunday talk to hear it.
Here is an affirmation you can use this week: “I bless the world with words of peace and actions of goodwill.”
Next Sunday at the 10 a.m. service we will be enjoying the play, A Christmas Carol. This production with our Unity players is not to be missed. Invite your family and friends to join you.
Thank you to all who contributed once again to a successful collection of stuffed toys for the Boston Shriner’s Hospital for Children and for those who took tags from our tree supporting Opportunity Alliance as they fill the requests from families who need a little help to make Christmas for their children. We are a very giving community and we are richly blessed by all of you.
You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey
P.S. Friends, you may feel like you are hearing more about giving than you have heard in the past and quite frankly you are. We have done some amazing things this year, like complete the Kid’s Cottage and put on a new roof. However, our general fund has been lagging. I will take some responsibility for that as 2018 has been a year where my energy has been split between caring for Rev LeRoy and the ministry. As a result, I have not offered classes on prosperity or other exciting topics and that has greatly affected our bottom line. Please know that I plan to remedy that in 2019. However, it doesn’t make balancing the budget for 2018 happen. So if you feel we have been asking for your help we have… and we are grateful for all that has been given and will continue to come in this month.