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If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.
by Chinese philosopher Lao-Tse, 6th century BCE
Lao-Tse predates Unity, but his philosophy applies, especially for this season. September and October are significant times for prayer and meditation for multiple reasons--the World Day of Prayer on Thursday, September 11, the fall equinox with its natural turn to a more inner approach to living as we head towards the winter season, the October time of harvest and celebration of the fruits of the earth to sustain us. Lao-Tse reminds us of the power of prayer and meditation to bring not only inner peace, but also the possibility of peace in the outer.
Going into the silence of prayer and meditation brings the “peace that passes all understanding.” As we breathe peace into our hearts and give thanks for our many blessings, let us also hold an intention to pass the peace to others.
As always, your prayer chaplains are available before or after the Sunday service to pray with you and are just a phone call or email away. It is also time to introduce two new prayer chaplains, Nancy Ahr and Theresa Wyatt. They have
attended prayer chaplain training and will be coming on board in October.
Love, Light and Peace to All,