Hang on to the Rope

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A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spend all she had; yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I touch just his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered “and yet you can ask, “Who touched me?” But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and trembling with fear told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering”. Mark 5: 25-34.

C.S. Lewis said “It is easy to say we believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as we are merely using it to wrap a box. But suppose you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. You would really want to first discover how trustworthy that rope was.”
How much do you trust in our Lord? How deep is your faith? Would you hang on to the piece of rope as it hung over a deep cliff if you knew the Lord put it there? Do you trust our Lord enough to do that? Think about it.   C.S. Lewis trusted enough to do it and sang hymns, like Paul, when he went to prison several times.

So, how much trust is your faith?   I would guess that our belief system encompasses both rational and emotional faith that builds trust. We study and believe rationally what we study as a Christian; we listen to powerful messages and music and watch moving videos and are moved emotionally. Our faith encompasses all emotions. That is what makes it such a deep and abiding faith full of trust. How much trust is our own story. The unclean woman had great trust. She did hang from that rope. She could have been stoned for being in public as an unclean person without announcing her uncleanliness; but she pushed forward, and the rope held.  She knew if she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, she would be saved from her disease………..as will we.  Are we willing to hang from that rope?

Ask God to help you to have a clear understanding of Biblical truth; pray that your personal faith, trust and knowledge will be strengthened – enough to hang from the rope.
The Telephone System used a slogan in their advertising a few years ago, “Reach Out and Touch Someone.” I don’t know how great of an increase in business they experienced, but I’m sure they made a lot of profit because of the use of that slogan.

There are a lot of people that you can call in the phone book who can help you with a lot of things you can’t do for yourself. There are a lot of people in the phone book who you can call just to feel connected to another.

But, there’s someone in the Bible who you can call who can anchor your storm, making sure your rope is strong. Somebody who can teach you to fish for men and women. Somebody who can lift the load of guilt off the sinning heart. Somebody who will put a sword in your hand when you are fighting temptation. Somebody who can lift you up when you’ve fallen. Somebody who you can call that can give you a death row pardon. Somebody who will set a lamp of forgiveness and reconciliation in the window for you as was done for the prodigal son to come home to. Somebody who can give you spiritual parole so you will be free on the inside. Some one who will calm the storm.

His name is Jesus.                His name is Jesus!
And like the phone company says — All you have to do is reach out and touch Him. That is what the unclean woman did. And she was healed. We too can reach out and touch Jesus, and Jesus can reach out and touch us, and He does. Just believe and trust; have the faith. Grab the Lord’s phone book, the Holy Bible. Grab the rope!!
Then take that rope and go into the storm and dance with the Lord.  Know that the rope will hold.  And know that Christ has the other end and you will not slip.  You will NOT fall!

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You Shall Rise Up With Wings As The Eagle

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge God, and God will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
We are going to focus on the enlightenment within our personal thoughts and messages from God through nature, trust in Him to relay His messages to us..

What messages do you receive on a daily basis? Where and when do you receive them? What do they mean? How do you interpret them? Do we ever know??

God can talk to you, using many ways to get your attention. A woman shares this story. See if you can relate in some fashion.

“I lived about two blocks from the beautiful Pacific Ocean. I would go down to the shore and walk on the beach with the fresh wind blowing in my face. I loved that. This particular time, I was feeling very low and confused, not knowing what in the world I was doing there. I sat on a rock and began to talk out loud (because nobody can hear you by the ocean). I said, ‘God, what I am doing here?’ You know, there are always pelicans going by, seagulls that are always very raucous, and cute little sandpipers at the beach. But suddenly, at that moment, I noticed a little
English Song Sparrow on a small bush right beside me. When I asked that question, he started to sing. Instantly tears came to my eyes. Before I came into the work of the church, I was in the hospital for a long time, and then I was home recuperating. I lived in the Northwest and we had lots of those little English Song Sparrows. There was one who would come to the bushes by the window of my bedroom, and he would sing and sing and sing. My mother used to tell me, ‘Your little bird is singing for you. He’s telling you that you are going to get well.’

“And then here, fifty years later by the ocean, was a little Song Sparrow. First of all, to me he was totally out of place. I was just thrilled to hear him. I loved him and appreciated him as he sang to me. That’s when it came to me, ‘There’s always an answer. There’s always a way. I’m in my right place at the right time.’ That began to sing itself in me over and over again. It’s been a very strong point in my prayer consciousness ever since.”

Victor Frankel had a very thick German accent. It was difficult to understand him, but he had a great impact on all of us who were privileged to hear him. He was a man who was put in a concentration camp during World War II. He was a Jewish scientist, a very strong man in consciousness, and a very dignified soul who had all he owned in a manuscript he had worked on for years. When he entered the concentration camp, they stripped him of everything. There he stood, naked, but he clutched his manuscript. Then they took that and threw it away. He realized that all he had was what went on within his own mind and heart.

He realized that he had a responsibility and a choice to be what he was destined to be.

I’d like to read a little piece of his to you because it’s so powerful for you to hear. He tells about how out in this cold, cold weather, they sent all these people out on marches and how they would go to these fields and dig and dig.

He said: “As we stumbled on for miles slipping on icy spots, supporting each other time and again, dragging one another up and onward, nothing was said but we knew each of us was thinking of his wife. My mind clung to my wife’s image, imagining it with an uncanny acuteness. I heard her answering me, saw her smile, her frank and encouraging look, real or not.  Her look was then more luminous than the sun, which was beginning to rise.

“A thought transfixed me. For the first time in my life, I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers, the truth that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret of human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart-the salvation of humanity is through love and in love.

“The dawn was gray around us. Gray was the sky above. Gray was the snow in the pale light of dawn. Gray were the rags in which my fellow prisoners were clothed, and gray were their faces. In the last violent protest against the hopelessness of imminent death, I sensed my spirit piercing through the enveloping gloom. I felt it transcend that hopeless, meaningless world, and from somewhere I heard a victorious “Yes!” in answer to my question of the existence of an ultimate purpose.

“At that moment, a light was lit in a distant farmhouse which stood on the horizon as if painted there. In the midst of the miserable gray of a dawning morning in Bavaria, ‘And a light shineth in the darkness.’ For hours I stood hacking at the icy ground. The guard passed by, insulting me, and once again I communed with my beloved. More and more I felt that she was present, that she was with me. I had the feeling that I was able to touch her; able to stretch out my hand and grasp hers. The feeling was very strong. She was there. Then, at that very moment, a bird flew silently and perched just in front of me on the heap of soil which I had dug up from the ditch, and looked steadily at me.” He went on to say that at that very moment, he knew she had died and she was truly with him.

I bring this out because I believe that all creation is one, and that we, as travelers on this wonderful world of life, are always receiving signs. Like Walt Whitman said, “God writes letters to me in the grass.” I think there is always a confirmation, every time we ask, that the Presence, our Lord, is real and is there.

A sign means something material or external that stands for or signifies something spiritual, something that serves to indicate the presence or existence of something. That’s what the dictionary says. In the Bible, in the Old Testament particularly, we find that people looked all the time for signs from God. Jesus was constantly asked to show a sign of His authority. “What authority do you have,” they would say. In John they said, “What sign showeth Thou unto us, seeing that Thou doest these things?” In Mark it says, “And he sighed deeply in the spirit and said, ‘Why does this generation seek after a sign?'”

In the truth of the one presence and the one power, God the good, omnipotent, looking for signs to confirm God’s presence could and does foster superstition.

One man said: “When I was a little boy, living at my grandparent’s house after my father died, my grandmother used to say that a bird at the window meant that somebody just died. Breaking a mirror meant bad luck. A black cat crossing our path meant that something would happen which we wish wouldn’t.”

We make our own signs. Often we are as likely to call a certain event or indication of direction positive as well as negative. Here’s where level of consciousness comes in. If you are a negative person, the signs are read as negative. If you are a positive person, the sign is a good sign. This is what Jesus was experiencing with the Pharisees and the people of His day. He knew where they were coming from. They had a lack of faith; they doubted; they had fear; they were ignorant. He knew that healing people, raising the dead, casting out demons, could easily have been interpreted as evil and of the devil.

We live in God, a universe of love, law, life, and order. This is a household of faith. We are in God, right now. There is no outside to God; and God is everywhere bringing order and life. We live and move in God, in a universe of order, and we are constantly receiving signals of intelligent life. Our task, or our assignment, is to accept our God-given guidance of good; that which is healthy, helpful, and constructive.

A bird is all feathers.

There was once a little parakeet. He was the cockiest little fellow that ever was. He learned everything. He did anything that any bird could ever do. He was entertainment to the people who watched him. Then he would take a bath, and he was nothing. He wasn’t as big as your little finger. He was all feathers. That’s sort of the way we are too. Out here, we are all feathers. The only reality, and it was true in the little bird, is the heartbeat, the Divine design, the image of a perfect little bird.

People joke about having intelligence as small as a bird brain. But birds are very, very smart. They have highly developed sight, acute hearing, high temperature. (They have such a circulation that they are warm all the time.) We have seen this on our nests when they sit on their eggs even covered in snow. Its ability to sustain a uniform temperature is almost perfect. For most rapid flights, the plumage protects and conserves the body heat because it is non-conducting. God our Creator is magnificent, beyond even what we can comprehend.

There are 8,600 known species of birds today. The symbol of a bird is well known. For example, a dove means peace. The eagle means strength. In Isaiah it says, “Ye shall rise up with wings as the eagle.”

There is always an answer. There is always a way. It is within us. We can allow that Christ light to be in us and really draw it into focus when we need it, and not only when we need it, but also every single second of the day.

So, when a bird comes and gives us that reminder, or people, or events, come into our lives to remind us, it will always turn out well if we are reminded of God’s good and the creative plan of good that is always in order. There is always an answer and there is always a way.

James Dillet Freeman, has written this:

Freedom Within

How free the hawk who, at the height
Of heaven, flings himself in flight.
But his high flights had first to start,
Not in the sky, but in his heart.
Likewise with me. How shall I find
Freedom if not within my mind?
And learn, with thought by thought I try,
That I may fall, yet I can fly.
And even sometimes rise up free
Beyond the highest heights of me.

God’s perfect power and presence is always with us. There is always an answer, there is always a way. With positive, faith-filled spiritual awareness, you accept God’s miracle of life. It is, itself, a sign that as I listen, persevere, pray, and learn, as thought by thought you try, and even sometimes even rise up free beyond the highest heights of your former self.

We give thanks, oh God, that somehow we can come together in a place like this, and that we can all, through songs, words, and quietness, remember again. Thank You, God.

Let us pray, dear God, I ask for a sign that I can understand, that gives me a full comprehension of Your presence, and help. Help me to fully know that You are with me right now. I pray for a heightened awareness, and a greater faith.
In Jesus Christ name… Amen

POSITIVE THINKING

Romans 12: 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to rest and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing, and perfect will.

Positive thinking has great power. How many of us can say that we live by and through positive thinking at all times. Can any of us attest to the truth that we have negative thoughts pop into our mind often, way too often. Let’s talk about the fact that the thought deposits we put into our mind can only return to us what we deposit into it. It could be rich rewards or utter agony. That is our control.

Let me share a story with you. There was once a university professor who went searching for the meaning of life. After several years, he came to a holy man and asked to be enlightened. The holy man invited his visitor into his humble dwelling and began to serve him tea. He filled the man’s cup and then kept on pouring so that tea was soon dripping onto the floor.  The professor watched the overflow until he could no longer restrain himself. “Stop! It is full. No more will go in.” The holy man said, “Like this cup, you are full of your own opinions, preconceptions, and ideas. How can I teach you unless you first empty your cup?”

What if your safety deposit box at your bank was so filled with debris that you could no longer make good deposits, what if there was no room. We have heard stories, I am sure, of people who put so much in their safety deposit box that it overflowed with nothing but junk.

We all have moments in time, either awake or sleeping, playing or praying when right out of no where comes some “Junk Thinking.” It destroys the moment, and we lose our power of positive thinking. We allowed it to happen. How can we turn it around?

The inner-mind is like a photographic plate, and most of us are carrying around images of lack, sadness, defeat, personal affronts of some kind. Every time we focus on that photographic plate, we pull ourselves into any abyss and away from God.

We feel helpless. It I so strong and vivid that it keeps popping up. We want it to pop up and pop away so it will no longer have an effect on us. And we can do that. Imagine, if you would for a moment, a God filled memory bank in your mind. Every time something unexpectedly popped up in you, it was beautiful; it fed you, gave you courage, and inspired you.

Let’s create for ourselves a memory bank. What is a memory bank? It is an investment place where many individual thoughts should work together for the good of the whole. A bank is a place that gives loans and pays interest. It is a place you invest in for a bigger return later. A bank is a place you should be able to go to when you’re having a down day, and have it flood you with unbelievable good, joy, and exhilaration.

But many times, our personal bank has gone bust. Many times, it works in the reverse – negative memories come up and rob us of our present-moment peace of mind.

Right now, your conscious mind is looking out and taking in the world around you. You are filtering those things back into the realm of your memory bank. Sadly, this is especially true if something happens to you, real, or imagined, that is displeasing. It is almost like you make such an impression of that, that you just chisel a permanent statute to it in your memory bank.

As a spiritual and God-filled person, our memory bank exists to be flooded from God, and the daily perceptions of what God gives in life. Therefore, as a positive person, when you are facing something that is displeasing, your memory is filled to the brim with investments of God for your well being. In other words, our focus is on God, not negative events on this earth.

The memory bank is pivotal. It is designed by our Creator to take images and that to be filled with God’s good, and power. You can cleanse bad memories you have, by continually investing good memories, awareness, and gratitude of God’s good. Your life will take on spiritual power. A person is who he/she thinks, or eats, or reads, but more so a person is what he/she does within the memories stored in their “bank.”

In the classic play “Macbeth,” Shakespeare said: “Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased? Pluck from the memory of a rooted sorrow.”

Do you have any rooted sorrows in your mind? If you do, you don’t want them there anymore. You do not need them. As a matter of fact, not only do you not need the rooted sorrows, but they are blocking you from God’s good. You have this rooted sorrow between your conscious-awareness mind and God mind.

James 1:7, 8, “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

You must go back to your Source, your original depositor, and let God’s clear light flood your whole being with Divine Truth. Your body CAN BE the Temple of the living God. You must lay aside, forever, the idea of serving two masters and must look to the one Master, Christ. Jesus said that He came not to destroy the law, but that the law might be fulfilled through Him. It is the mission of every person born into the world to fulfill the law of Being, to allow God to come through in all phases of her or his mind, perfectly.

The Bible says, “Be subject, therefore, unto God. Draw nigh to God and God will draw nigh to you.”

God thinks. God responds. God is omni-responsive. God never gets to the point where God doesn’t respond to you individually. If you turn to God and ask God to do something, God is going to hear you. Don’t look to appearances of all the debris in there. Ask God to flood your entire memory bank with light. You ask God and God is omni-responsive. God responds and cleansing happens.

Do you remember the story of the prodigal son? Go a little way, and God will come the rest of the way to greet you. You do not have to figure out the formula, the magic words, the keys to learn how to open this up. God knows how to cleanse you from inside out.

In Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass,” the queen says: “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.” Memory bank is supposed to work forward by letting your being with positive thoughts and feelings, to bless you, to comfort and strengthen you, to guide you around pitfalls in life, by helping you to remember your connectedness to the Lord, our God.

God is ever-ready to pour forth a Divine blessing, quick to respond to the call of your awareness. God is omnipresent, but humans have hedged themselves about by a world of illusion of their own creating, and through its mists, they cannot see God, or catch the light from God. Jesus came to give us conscious control of the intelligence and the power necessary to dispel these mists, where we think we are alone and that we have to do it all alone. Jesus gave us the ability to dispel the fog, just like an early morning fog lifts with the light of the sun. When it lifts we can see, feel, and perceive that God IS WITH US.

There is not one person who is not equipped in this way. Each person has God’s help ready and willing to help at any time. God will lift you up, regenerate your memory bank, and transform the memory bank into the true image and likeness of God. It will happen by your saying you want it, in prayer.

There is an old saying: “Don’t be a single-stringed harp.” Can you imagine if a harp had only one string? You would get tired of that one note pretty quickly. Imagine that conscious mind is only looking in one direction, and yet, worry and fear in the human being do just that. Imagine memory that only looks in one direction and turns its back on God. We don’t have to. We can find God right where we are.

It’s just a mist. If you look closely through it, you will see God’s help. And as you see God through the fog and the mist of the old memory that is rising, you have taken away its power once and for all. It will never again have power to disturb you.

In the Bible it says, “A new heart also will I give you.” In this section of the Bible, the heart refers to your memory. “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.” The whole mind will be raised to a new consciousness. This is what I pray happens now. I pray, like the Bible says, that you have the same mind that was in Christ Jesus.

Osalm 105:4  Look to the Lord and His strength;  seek His face always.

Let us pray:  Please repeat this for yourself.

Through the action of God, I ask and call forth a whole new spirituality
in and through me.  I decree in Jesus Christ’s name that, in every level of my mind, I am being cleansed. I pray my memory bank is being cleansed by God. It is being cleansed through and through with the true light that lighteth every human. It lights the darkness in me now – God’s light that does not allow any darkness to remain in me.

In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen

Life is Perpetually Unfolding

The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the
Almighty gives me life.” Job 33:4

The seasons, as they come and go, speak to us of the mystery of transformation. A s we move from winter to spring and now spring into summer, we see that life is perpetually unfolding. In other parts of nature we see this transformation as well.

Think about the little frog and where it had its beginnings. It begins as a little egg. In the fullness of time, that little egg will burst forth and a tadpole will appear.

Have you ever gone to a pond and watched the little tadpoles. It was always such a mystery to me that after a while the tadpole that looked like a little fish would no longer be that. It would start to grow legs, and in the fullness of time it would walk on this land.

The same mystery of transformation unfolds in the butterfly. A little butterfly begins as an egg. Then, out of the egg comes a little wiggly thing that is furry and has lots of legs–we call it a caterpillar. Then, when it feels an inner push, it will make a chrysalis around itself. Out of that chrysalis will emerge a winged creature of great beauty. I often use the butterfly as a metaphor when speaking of transformation and see each of us in a stage of this metamorphosis.

What about our transformation? We might call ourselves “just a human being.” Then the day comes when we see more of who we are. We say, “I’m not just a human being. I’m a child of God.” We begin to see the child of God seed unfolding. A spiritual transformation has begun.

Then the day comes when we think of ourselves as not a weak human but we think of ourselves as a child of God as Jesus said we were. I know, in my inner self, that the destiny of the little tadpole is to become a frog, and the destiny of the caterpillar is to become a butterfly. And our destiny is to become a child of God as a human being.

What do I mean by a child of God human being? I have but to look at the life of Jesus Christ to know at least a bit more about what this new creature in Christ looks like.

Jesus came to us to acknowledge, discover, experience and be the fullness of who He was and is. I think He must have, gone through all sorts of seasons of His life; times when He felt VERY human, times when He felt VERY Divine. Then he came to that place in His life where He was aware that He was a child of God, a God –  FULLY incorporating the human and the Divine. Then he taught us that we should follow him and do the same.

Ephesians 3:16 , “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit.”

Our hardest task will be to dissolve the critical, crippling, self negativity that is trapping us; where we thought we were only a weak human. We will need to do what seems impossible–to walk paradoxically in two worlds at once, inhabiting an earthly body with a new spiritual intent. What we on this planet now are about seems to be impossible because we ARE walking a paradox between two worlds–inhabiting an earthly body with spiritual intent.

1 John 4:4, “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

As we walk through the seasons of our lives, we will come to powerful junctures that will call us to leave behind old ways of thinking, speaking, being, and living. For God draws us, woos us, pushes us, and pulls us forward. Now, more than ever, I think we are being pulled forward to the stage where we combine our human and Divine, and we honor both. We are both, somehow, at the same time.

This critical time may offer a baffling crisis of the spirit. It may be the time in our lives when things happen and we don’t understand why. We may not understand why those pieces are configuring they way they are. We may have been doing everything we thought correctly, and then our world begins to crumble. We experience an illness, or someone we love goes away, or something else happens that is catatrophic to us.

It may very well be that a number of us are in a baffling crisis of the Spirit trying to understand. It is in these times that we oftentimes ask many questions. We ask: “Is this all there is to life? Isn’t there more? I want more, but I don’t know how to get it. I’m afraid to take the steps forward.” We ask the deep questions of God.

I think this process of going through the seasons of our lives occurs over and over again. It’s not that we have one baffling crisis of the spirit or that we have one time of major transformation. We have many. We go through that process again and again. So we may be at the point right now where we are beginning another cycle, and we’re baffled. We ask questions.

A book titled “When the Heart Waits” talks about a time when the author, Sue Monk Kidd, faced such a time in her life and some of the questions she asked. Maybe they are our questions also.

“Is it possible, I asked myself, that I am being summoned from some deep and holy place within? Am I being asked to enter a new passage in a spiritual life-the journey from false self to true self? Am I being asked to dismantle old masks and patterns and unfold a deeper, more authentic self–the one God created me to be? Am I being compelled to disturb my inner universe in quest of the undiscovered being who clamors from within?”

What are your questions? Think about your questions. Even if you may not be in a mighty crisis of spirit, you may still have questions about your life-what’s happening and where you’re going. We need to ask the questions. Even if the answers may not come instantly, it is the questioning that is important for spiritual growth.

We ask our questions and we search. We find that the bottom line will be that we must commit to becoming a new person.

Thomas Moore said, “That was the major commitment of humanity–to become a whole, new person.”

Do you know what happens when the caterpillar goes into the chrysalis and forms a cocoon around itself? When the caterpillar goes into the chrysalis it becomes, over time, a yellow-gold liquid. It becomes liquefied. It is not a caterpillar as it was in olden times, and it is not yet a butterfly. It is liquid. Out of that liquid there is a configuration of cells out of which eventually the new comes forth.

The caterpillar must have a time of waiting, a time of allowing that inner process to occur. When we are in a crisis of the spirit, and we are moving from one stage of evolution to another, one stage of growth and change to another, we must allow ourselves some waiting time.  We can not push it; we must allow it to evolve in order for the fullness to emerge.

We, as humans, don’t like to wait. We want it to happen, and we want it to happen now or sooner. We don’t like to wait. We have a concept that waiting means we’re doing nothing. But this waiting I’m talking about is a deep introspection where we do our spiritual work through prayer and meditations, where we honor all the guidance from God that speak to us.

James 1:1-27 states this about the stages of spiritual transformation, “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

We may have all kinds of internal voices pulling us and shaking us up, and we may have a lot of external voices as well that want to dissuade us from moving into that which is our destiny.

Let’s remember it is our destiny to go beyond just being human. God has created us from the beginning of time to be a child of God human being. All the spiritual insights, and Jesus point to who and what we are becoming.

Our commitment is to become an entirely new person that is strong spiritually. Didn’t Paul say something about being a new creature in Christ? We’re going to be a new creature in Christ; a new, wondrous being. But we must allow time and let the waiting do its holy work. As we take our time inwardly in prayer, let us remember that. Sometimes it may take weeks or months to move through all the layers and come to the place of resolution. We will have conflict, stress, and pulling in many different directions, but the day will come when we will feel a peace in our new way of being. It will be all to the glory of God–to honor that Spirit that is us. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

Henry David Thoreau had the luxury of choosing to live part of his life at Walden Pond. He talked about this time at Walden Pond. In February, 1857, he wrote: “You think I am impoverishing myself by withdrawing from men, but in my solitude I have woven for myself a silken web [or chrysalis]. A nymph-like shell, air long, bursts forth a more beautiful, perfect creature.” In our waiting we are creating a chrysalis and we will burst forth a new creature.

I would invite you to close your eyes at this point, and acknowledge with me (as I acknowledge within myself) that each of us is so much more than the eye sees or the mind declares. Let us acknowledge, for a moment, this wonderful body in which we live, move, and function in this world.

Let us acknowledge that we are one with God by nature. We have the seed of Spirit planted within us. Probably, for many of us, we have been loving, and acknowledging this Divine essence of our being–maybe for a long time. Maybe we have been struggling with the either/or of the human and the Divine.

Maybe today we are facing a baffling crisis of the Spirit. Maybe we consciously choose to have a baffling crisis of the Spirit so that we might hold the possibility – of something greater.

Even in the midst of any anxiety that this thought might bring up, let us hold the wonder, excitement, and joy of the new that is being birthed in us and through us. Our destiny is to become a child of God human being.

We know as we walk through the seasons of our lives that we do not walk alone. We have the promise of Jesus Christ that He will always walk with us, be our friend, companion, and Way – show-er. He has already gone this route. He already knows the ups and downs, twists and turns. We do not have to go it alone or figure it out totally by ourselves. He will whisper in the ear of our heart and make the road a bit less bumpy.

In the fullness of time we will stand in consciousness, in beingness, in expression, with Jesus.

Let us pray.

Thank You, God, for our holy destiny. May we have the courage, strength,
and conviction to become a totally new person. In the name and through the
living, loving presence of Jesus Christ we pray and believe…Amen.