The Trip to Bethlehem – Week 2

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Donations are still coming in from Giving Tuesday. We are getting closer and closer to our goal of $10,000. We are less than $2,500 away. This is a living example of what happens when you set an intention and get the energy behind it. Thank you for the wonderful thoughts and energy you have put forth for our success.

As you read this, we are just two weeks from Christmas. My prayer for you is to not overdue and stress yourself out so you miss the joy of the season. It is a time for nurturing relationships and less about the outer fixings.

Sunday’s message has some important points to pay attention to. We are on “The Trip to Bethlehem.” It is from a book written by Unity author Hypathia Hasbrouck. She says, “The trip to Bethlehem is a round trip during which Mary and Joseph undergo a profound change. They leave Nazareth as a couple and, because the Child is born while they are away, they return as a family. A newborn child is almost always the center of attention and the factor which transforms a couple into a family…the Christmas story is archetypal, for it illustrates the inner rebirth process through which the higher Self emerges… and transforms the individual.”

She reminds us that the journey is about first going inward “to an invisible point beyond space or time where we become aware that God is the all-providing substance, life, and intelligence… and then back to our world ready to express our whole nature in daily life.”

If this sounds familiar it is because this is what our mission is, which is “to reach in to reach out.” It’s classic Unity, by the way: We take the inner journey through prayer and meditation and then turn outward to put those inner revelations into practice in our world. We call that “Practical Christianity,” and it’s the cornerstone of what the co-founders, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, thought and what they taught.

There is a lot packed into this message. You can look at each element of the Christmas story as it symbolizes something that can or does exist within you. This is a story of surrendering to faith and using your power of imagination to begin to realize a new reality that is available based on the omnipotence and omnipresence of God.

Surrender to faith represents the inner journey we must make in our thoughts and feelings to honor that which is Divinely ordained within us.

We are all filled with the potential to live as Christ or to remain in our outer world of materialism. If we choose to birth the Christ, then we will find ourselves giving “GLORY TO GOD” for our new life.

Join me next week as we continue our journey!

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

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