Published in the Frederick News Post July 7, 2017
It’s hard to believe that a month has passed since you made your transition from this material life. I miss you so much. You were a good brother. Always keeping tabs on us and sharing all the moments of your life. Joyfully celebrating our good moments. Compassionately commiserating our bad moments.
Excerpt from Dynamics for Living by Charles Fillmore:
“In the Old Testament the tithe or tenth is mentioned as a reasonable and just return to the Lord by way of acknowledging Him as the source of supply. Tithing is the giving of a tenth of one’s supply to God and His work. Tithing is a tacit agreement that man is in partnership with God in the conduct of his finances. This leads to confidence and
assurance that whatever is done will bring increase of some kind.
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.”
― Tao Te Ching
It’s the last day of 2015. I’m sitting here watching the top 100 baseball plays of the year and can’t believe that there are no plays by Bryce Harper and the Nats so far in the list. A record breaking, MVP season for Bryce and not one highlight in the top 100. Hmmmm. Obviously, the MLB Network and I have very different criteria and perspectives regarding what’s “good baseball.” And as I reflect more on that idea, it becomes clear to me that this is a truth in so many areas of my world. My perspective on “things” is often diff
One of my favorite carols is I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day – the poem by Longfellow set to music. In his poem, Longfellow captures the despair and the hope of a world at war – an individual in pain because of personal loss. He wrote this poem in 1864 – the Civil War was raging – His son had been injured in battle – His wife had died in a fire. The world around him was not a peaceful place! And yet through all of this pain and despair, he found the Source of All Things – He heard the bells pealing peace – reconciliation – forgiveness.
Georgiana Tree West, the founder of Unity Center of Practical Christianity in New York City, wrote the book, Prosperity’s Ten Commandments, that has been used by many a Unity minister over the years to help folks understand our way of seeing and living prosperity principles. I would like to share a paragraph from her discussion of the 4th Prosperity Commandment --Thou shalt let go and let God do it. (I have taken the liberty of updating some of the language. My words are in italics.)
In October, 2014, the board members found a Toad on the first night of the retreat and found the meaning and message of that Toad had special significance for us during the weekend. This year, Board members gathered on the weekend of October 23-25 to plan for our coming year. On her drive to the retreat, Rev Toni saw a beautiful blue heron in flight and took that as another sign for the Board and our meeting:
Here is one of the descriptions of Heron as a spiritual totem:
“The conception and birth of Jesus, as recorded by Luke, conceals and, to the spiritually wise, reveals a soul principle that will save man from death. That Principle, represented by Mary [his mother], is love.