Recently, at a Church service, I found myself so uncomfortable. The scriptural readings from the podium seemed way too lengthy since I had heard the story many, many times. Then there was a young man who got up and went out several times. There was fidgeting throughout the congregation.
It took a while for me to focus on the time the soloist and pianist put in for us along with the ushers doing their jobs. When I replaced those feelings with love and respect, error disappeared and the service was enjoyed. It is always my focus and thinking that needs to be changed. Thought of the entire congregation there for praising God and demonstrations. There is no power opposing love and the nothingness of error is soon seen.
1 Peter 1:1:6-7 reads “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
As I realize I am always at choice on what I let enter my thinking, harmony is soon restored.
This story I have heard all my life but this morning I studied and prayed deeper as I read it. The hour she came to fetch water was at a time when no one else was there. It could have been because she was unpopular and had a reputation. Her past made no difference this morning since the Christ was there waiting for her. When He told her of her past, she didn’t seem to get defensive but receptive to what He was saying. It spoke volumes to me as I realized the Christ is always ready to reveal the Truth to us lovingly when we are humbly listening. She then returned to her village to share the Truth to others!
Habakkuk 3:17-18 states “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” God is always there, no matter the human scene.
This morning I was having a conversation with a friend who had called me. She revealed to me that she was so afraid of eating sweets due to a disease she claimed was in her family. The first thing I told her was she could only inherit love and loving qualities. Then we talked about the verse in the Bible that said not to worry about anything that goes into the body but things that come out like the words from our mouth. We then decided that the concern should be more that her words might be sweeter. There was an “aha” moment for both of us. There is always spiritual growth that is needed evidenced by the words that come out.
Colossians 3:15 states “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
As I think of the birth of the Christ, I think of the birth of a new idea and decided I would work more at having responses rather than reactions. That would certainly be a new idea as sometimes there is an old reaction to certain things that should be changed. Today, I will pay special attention to the words coming out of my mouth and make sure my heart is filled with humility, love and gratitude.
When I think of the birth of the Christ and no room at the inn, I am immediately reminded of my heart and consciousness being filled with clutter, revenge, criticism, etc. There is absolutely no room for the Christ when my thoughts are filled with the clutter of the endless tasks that lay before me or some bitterness that may show up or some other negativity. First, I need to get on hallowed ground, give gratitude and express humility in knowing of mine own self, I can do nothing.
Proverbs 16:3 states “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Today, I will start with God, feel my peace and then go on to my tasks and make sure I have room at the Inn for the Christ.
This morning at my desk and thinking of all I need to do and making sure I have remembered to buy gifts for all visiting, I soon became overwhelmed. Then I stopped, thought and remembered what I am celebrating! The birth of the Christ is the real reason for this season.
Soon I was led to a paragraph in Miscellany, written by Mary Baker Eddy, which states “Human reason becomes tired and calls for rest. It has a relapse into the common hope. Goodness and benevolence never tire. They maintain themselves and others and never stop from exhaustion. He who is afraid of being too generous has lost the power of being magnanimous.” Psalm 139:23-24 reads “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Today I will check my motives on everything I do and remember that gratitude is riches.
This morning at my desk, I am remembering my sons as small boys and young men. They were brought up in a fundamental Church where we attended and looking back, I know at that time I didn’t have a close relationship with God. Fortunately, over the years I learned to know God as Love, Truth and Life where in the past , I only feared Him and often felt unworthy. My wish is that I could have raised them knowing what I know now.
Then the thought of Abraham comes to mind and it looked like he was asked to sacrifice his son, but I think he was asked to sacrifice the false responsibility of raising him as his child rather than seeing him also as a child of God. My question of “What should I do?” about correcting the past is replaced by “What should I think?” The answer is to know that neither I nor my sons have ever been separated from our true parent. Ephesians 2:13 reads “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.” Progress is the Law of God. That means forward, not backward.
For a while now, the question comes to mind about Jesus being on the mountain and satan tempting Him to jump off because God would save Him if He really were the son of God. Why didn’t satan just push Jesus? Then a light came on in my consciousness! He didn’t have the power! What a revelation for me! The only power evil or error has ever is what we give it. 1 Corinthians 1:23-24 reads “But we preach Christ crucified; a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” Truth and Love always leave error powerless.
Today I will ask God to protect me from believing that subtle little serpent or error when it attempts to trick me into believing anything that does not come from God.