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Spritiual Uplift 6/20/07

June 21, 2007

Wednesday Spiritual Uplift

  Finding the Father Spirit June 20, 2007

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

–Mark Twain–

History and legend are full of stories about fathers. Fairy tale kings with princess daughters had their hands full keeping their offspring in the tower when the girls were being constantly tempted by handsome princes or ugly frogs. The father of the prince who would become Buddha tried to shield his son from the sorrow and misery of the world. The Bible tells of the father Abraham who sent his first- born son out into the desert to die and almost sacrificed his second-born. The new testament metaphorical story about the father with the prodigal son served to illustrate the loving, forgiving nature of what Jesus called the Heavenly Father.

All of us have a father, or a father figure, who has been of influence in our lives, be he present or absent, involved or detached, affectionate or tyrannical. The effect of that person contributes to the way we live our lives today, although as adults, we have the choice to emulate his ways or to use them as a guide for things we do not wish to repeat.

Dr. Ernest Holmes says in The Science of Mind that “God is the Androgynous Principle, the Father and Mother of all,” and that “our earthly parents symbolize this heavenly parentage.” We all carry a piece of our earthly father–we have his eyes or his smile or his flat feet–and because we know that heaven is within, we embody the father (masculine) principle of Spirit as well.

“It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all.”

–Alice Walker–.

Sunday’s Words of Inspiration

From The Book of Awakeningby Mark Nepo

Each of us is like a great, untamed sea, obedient to deeper currents that are seldom visible. Knowing this gives us three insights worth keeping in our awareness. First, we must consider that the deepest patch of ocean is as clear as its surface wave, though it remains unseeable to the human eye that bobs above it. Second, how far we can see into the deep depends on the calmness or turbulence of the surface. And, third, just as the depth and surface of the sea are inseparable, so too are the spirit and psychology of each human being.

It is our deep-sounding, untamed currents that cause us to rise and swell, dip and crash. Yet that base of spirit remains unaffected by the storms that churn up the surface. It obeys a deeper order Still, we as beings living in the world are always subject to both: the depth and the surface, or spirit and our psychology. Though we can never see all the way to bottom, on clear days – when our psychology is calm – we can know the depth that carries us. When free of turbulence and anxiety, we an know the oceanof God that swells within.

 

Annual CSL Picnic – July 1, 2007
Just a reminder so you can mark your calendar, the annual CSL picnic will be held on Sunday, July 1, 2007 after the service. The location will be in Monument Valley Park. There will be more information next Sunday.

Reverend Charllotte invites all congregants to dress casually to the Sunday service on July 1 to avoid having to make the quick change in the car on the way to the picnic. Not advised by the CSPD!

Besides the Wednesday Uplift you can also listen to the Sunday presentation by going to the CSL Website, www.community-for-spiritual- living.com

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