While beginning my day this morning, I began to ponder how fearful thoughts try to sneak in; whether in the way of upcoming lack of Good, Health or finances. It seems to always be in the way of lack and starts out subtle, but soon grows. 1 John 4:18 reads “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfect in love.”
This says to me that love and fear cannot co-exist so love is always the answer. The question I always ask myself when tempted by fear is “Where do I need to love more?” and it is always uncovered! Love is always the answer. Today I will do just that!
Working about the true meaning of “Christmas” this morning, I began to think of “Peace on earth, good will toward men”. It’s so easy to get caught up with the gift-giving, decorating and party-going that we overlook the real purpose of the celebration. Once again, I began thinking about peace on earth and good will toward men. Of course, I want peace on earth. That should go without saying. Then I began to think of good will toward men and I was reminded of political stories everywhere and how I felt divided about some of the players and certainly wasn’t thinking about good will toward them. God is the only creator there is and He doesn’t pick and choose but only sees our perfection. Psalms 145:9 reads “The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.”
No where does He say “some”, but “all”. I began praying to be meek and know the definitions mean humbly patient; not inclined to anger or resentment; yielding. Now, that is how I can celebrate Christmas and pray to do so.
This morning as I study Matthew 9:18 which reads “there came a certain ruler, and worshipped Him, saying, ‘My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.'”, there seemed to be no doubt in the ruler’s mind that this was not the end for his daughter. Nor did I sense this was a last resort for him, but was clearly positive the Christ could heal his daughter. The human scene would have been scary, as well, but his faith in Christ was stronger than the material evidences before him. So often, we are asked to put aside what we are seeing and rely upon the Truth that there can be no imperfection in perfection. God’s universe IS perfect and our every needs are filled in this moment. Today I will live more in the moment, watching thoughts of yesterday and tomorrow, giving them no power.
This morning as I began my day at my desk studying the Bible and praying, I noticed that I felt spiritually flat. Immediately, I turned to God to feel His spirit. Yesterday had been spent with checking off “to do” lists for the holidays and doing much “busy work”. Then, my phone rang and it was someone needing prayerful help and I felt God with me as I prayed with this caller. I had set my feelings of lack aside as I prayed to know God was with me and this person and our every need was met by Divine Love.
That desolate feeling was replaced with the Holy Spirit as I realized it always is when I remove any thought of the little ego. Today is God’s day, not mine and I will do His will, not mine. Psalms 40:8 reads “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” Gratitude and humility fill my heart as I get ready for the day.
As I study about the many healings of Jesus this morning, I began to think about them. There was no place that Jesus asked people how long they had had a condition, or if either of their parents were sick of the same disease, or what they had been thinking and on and on! He just simply saw through God’s/Love’s eyes which is the perfection and harmony of their true being. Never was it mentioned that they were being punished for some evil. He always started with God! Matthew 9:35 reads “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” Today, I ask to see what God is seeing; Life and Harmony and Health everywhere!
Years ago I heard a story of a man who died and was at the pearly gate. St. Peter told him he was pleased to escort him into Heaven and opened the door. Before him were tables filled with beautiful food and drink and there was music everywhere The utensils were gold and large and everyone was feeding another. The man was in awe but asked St. Peter if he could just take a quick glimpse into hell and St. Peter agreed.
As he opened the door, he saw the same tables, food, drink and huge gold utensils, but everyone was attempting to feed himself, losing the food in the process. There was so much complaint and swearing that it drowned out the music and food was all over the floor. Don’t we experience Heaven when we are helping others and filled with gratitude and praise! Don’t we experience hell when we are self-absorbed and afraid of lack of Good. Don’t we make our own Heaven and hell?
Lamentations 3:22-26 states “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’ The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Today, I will see Heaven everywhere.