Meditation as a Gift

There are two types of meditation that I practice by necessity. Sometimes, I go against the pros who preach that I must empty my mind to truly meditate. But when I am in need of spiritual uplifting, I always clear all thoughts that come my way. Regardless of which method I use, I revel in the one true course and that is to serve God and then with His guidance, serve others. My meditations comfort my soul for I am with God in this holy time, and I know that I am His child and a follower of Jesus’s refreshing light.

While I meditate, God teaches me that I must be willing to be open to His Grace, exposing the grace in me and all others. He also reminds me that He has known me long before I was in my mother’s womb and am His child only.

We all should meditate; how else can we discern what mountains we have climbed erroneously. meditate and open your heart and mind to God. Follow this as I have been taught, recognize where we are today, ang engage in the hopes and values that God offers us freely every day of our lives.

©Russell Kendall Carter

 

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Seekers and Dreamers

From the time that we are able to think and plan for ourselves, we are on the prowl, searching for something: fame, success in sports, riches, and companionship. All but one of these are concerns that mortal man cares to procure; save companionship. This can be purely physical, or, if we really care to investigate, is, not will be, the most important and most fulfilling quest.

God cares for us, blesses us, and is mindful of all we do and need.

I open my heart for the presence of the Holy Spirit, God’s guide enabling me to find Truth. I am a pilgrim of sorts, not searching for exotic places to visit, but deepening my understanding of my relationship with the Trinity and how my life is bonded to the presence of God in my life, through Spirit. This shocked me! My concept of God exploded in my presence from a mystical concept to a vastness that is greater than the universe I perceive when looking at our massive universe and how small it is compared to God.

My primary quest is to be in the understanding and truth given to me by God; Jesus shows me the path to walk, a simple life rejecting societal comforts to be with those whom societies abandon. My life has no meaning if I desert these whom Jesus loves. Truth gives me an honesty that only God understands for He has blessed me with this loving burden.

The burden is both easy and difficult because I must speak up in support of those Jesus loves. I cannot be silent; I must speak from the platform that will free these people from poverty, allowing them the freedoms that all must enjoy in God’s universe.

Seekers and dreamers, join me on this path that Jesus created for us to follow; let us use the power that God gives; let us spiritual heal those in need, allowing society to see their worth.

©Russell Kendall Carter

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Eros

Too much has been implied of a sensual need when people speak of eros. I understand! When we talk of eros, we really mean sensual love – in a word, sex. I look at eros as wholesome love, deep love, everlasting love. This is a love that lasts the tests of time. Yes, it is a desire between two people, but it goes much deeper; it is a deep lasting relationship that time cannot weaken.

The Greek word erasthai (erotic) brings to mind a strong sensual desire. But is that more of a modern understanding or conception? What about the Platonic conception of erasthai is the deep eternal love of all things beautiful? Or do we in the 21st century consider this too limiting? I think the Platonic view has greater power. I love of things of beauty lasts; our sensual desires do fade over time.

My wife and I have been married for 55 years. As young mid-twenties children, we shared passionate moments, i.e., we have two very talented and loving children. But in our late 70s, our love goes much deeper. I look at my wife with all of the lines in her face, her physical appearance vastly changed since our wedding, and I see the most beautiful woman on earth. This is a deep, passionate, everlasting love that nobody can change. Physical love changes, falling to the ground like the leaves of autumn serving no purpose as they lie withered under the tree.

But deep love, the love between two people, the love between God and man is truly the most passionate, creating the most need between two, and fulfilling that need that only true beauty can fill. Yes, eros is passionate physical love; but it is so much more. The deep relationship between two passionate people brings this wholesome understanding that this bonding of two is truly eternal bliss.

©Russell Kendall Carter

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  1. Andy Oldham Avatar

    Awesome, Russell! Her heart has grown close with yours, just as Gof intended when He made you one! Beautiful post!

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The Paths of Heaven

My desire is to always walk on the lighted path shown to us by Jesus 2000 years ago. To my highly educated brain, and to my uneducated brain, life shows me that this is the only path of Truth that there is for mere mortals, like me! This blessed path shines God’s light on my hidden life, the life God prepares for me; the hidden life I find in my hours of contemplation. I let go of my ego and let God lead.

Nothing can bother me when I do this for, I never face obstacles alone. God and family are always with me. When I feel God’s presence, all of my worries become very small; I do not fear, even death, because I know that my destiny lies with God.

I am a very human person; being a former history professor, I read the news; I care about what happens to our human society. We have created a very violent world. Guns, violent mobs, erratic police action, and uncaring, aloof political leaders are causing to many of my brothers and sisters to lose their human lives. My only comfort is knowing that God welcomes them home. Just this morning, I learned of a mass shooting in a Memphis hospital. More people killed by senseless violence.

We must pray and then work to correct the direction we are headed. If our hearts are honestly tied to God, we have no other choice. We cannot pray for something and then deny its existence. Through faith, not religion, we can correct our paths of life and find the path of heaven. But we must act upon our prayers. We must strive to right the wrongs of society and turn the light of truth upon them. This is the only way to God’s Grace.

Lord our God, we praise your name by bearing witness to and trying to correct the evil we see and replace it with Your Truth. As John writes: “. . . if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another. . . (1:7),” and we find the true paths of heaven.

©Russell Kendall Carter

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Good Things

I always wonder whether we recognize, truly recognize, the good things in life. These can be perfect; but they can also be the antithesis of perfect, but still, they can be good. As humans, we are wounded. As children of God, we are perfect. Even though we do not recognize this all the time. The most precious thing in life is our belonging to God, not the wealth we attain or the possessions we grab hold of.

Jesus invited and reminded us that our most important commandment, and therefore rule of life, is to love God. A very close second is to love others as ourselves. There is no cost to this, except giving up ego. As I wait for the traffic light to go green, I hand the person asking for help a five-dollar bill and get a toothless bless you or may God be with you. This is precious. This is one of the truly good things in life.

With the love we show individuals such as this, we demonstrate our love for God. God hears us when we love these people who are destitute, and when God stops to hear us, we are blessed with eternal Life and eternal, everlasting Love. With God’s Love, we can overcome anything.

I am a wounded creature for I am mortal. With God’s Love, I can overcome my woundedness. Physically, I suffer from Asthma and COPD. Although at times it is difficult to breathe, I am able to look beyond this mortal deficiency and continue to pray, to write, to serve God through being a Stephen Minister, a prayer minister, and the chaplain for the local Marine Corps League. With a little fortitude, I overcome my wounds and enjoy the good things God gives me.

My suffering opens my eyes, allowing me to see the suffering of others and try to help heal them as God heals me. God blesses me by sharing His Wisdom with me so that I may share it with others. This is a good thing!

I rarely ask for God to forgive me, because I know He always does and always will. But I do ask God for the Wisdom to forgive myself for my faults and failures. For by forgiving myself, I can see the perfect human being hiding behind the false façade others put up in defense. This is how I recognize others as children and God, which makes them my spiritual brothers and sisters. And this is the best good thing there is on earth.

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Awe

I lift my eyes to wonders in awe of greatness

To the infinity of the universe above me.

The vastness of this star-filled sky

challenges the core of my imagination,

asking “What is the magnificence of God?”

 

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Mankind’s Goodness

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“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visits him?” Heb 2:6

The Psalmist writes: “Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: . . . for I lift up my soul unto thee.” What does this mean to us in this crime-filled, greed-driven world? The key is soul. The New Testament screams of man’s goodness for as Jesus says we are God’s children and God is nothing but good.

God promises to bless us with goodness, giving us the bounties of the earth. This is a theme that is humbly opened in many parts of the Bible. God is God; God loves us; if we recognize this, God fills us with universal love and therefore universal bounty. We are Love.

Not so deep within us is a soul.

There are those who say that our soul belongs to God. I have also written of the soul this way. But we are wrong; the soul, our soul, is God within us. My soul is God. My soul leads me to grace others with love and nurture. Our prayer proffers “Thy Kingdom Come.” For me, this means that God is ever-present in my life. My path is steady, difficult at times, but steady. God, my Soul, loves!

God’s Will is present in our lives; it is the determining factor in loving relations between all. This Love must be exercised daily all over our world. This Love must not be held back for any reason. We as humans are appointed caretakers of God’s good earth, which includes everything living on it. We are failing because we are not exercising our goodness, our love of God.

Too often, as we go from sorrow to joy, we forget the lessons learned. Mankind is essentially good. We see wars; we see greed; we see anger and pain all around. But we have to recognize the goodness that is overshadowed by this sorrow. As an example, here in the United States, we have suffered many natural catastrophic disasters from earthquakes to tornadoes to flooding. All are devastating for those who are in the paths of these horrific events.

Instead of seeing mankind rush away from those affected, fellow sufferers stop to help those in danger. Devasting losses helping devasting losses. This is beauty; this is mankind at its best. There is little greed, little theft of property. This is mankind helping mankind. This is true soul. This is true God within us. This is God’s Will universally done. This is mankind’s willpower at its best. Let us open our eyes to witness man’s goodness and God-given Love.

©Russell Kendall Carter

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Heaven and Earth

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In my daily meditations, I often picture what heaven and earth truly are, asking what differences there are and how we can join them together.

My absolute trust in God allows me to notice the seeming differences between the two. They are minor; the differences are magnified by the stubbornness of humanity in thinking that we are in control. God is all around us, always. Therefore, what we experience, named physical or mental illness, cannot be real. It is our self-made stress trying to add truth to these falsehoods. When we accept God surrounding us, we hear the message of Jesus, His invitation to love and then to act on this love; this is the solid rock of God within us. We can then enjoy living the life and exercising the strength and deeds of the apostles sent forth by Jesus to the world.

As we bring heaven and earth together, we must recognize that God is not always recognized in human and worldly affairs. The pain of the world is not caused by God, but by our obstinance in rejecting His Word. God will lead us from this pain, but we have to be prepared for this difficult journey. Remember the story of Jacob wrestling all night with God’s angel, he succeeds but is touched in his hip and walked with a limp for the rest of his life. Turning from our self-made devastation can be painful to us mere mortals, but we have to recognize when God steps in to give us help.

When we let go of our mortal wrongdoings, we deny the parts of ourselves that are truly false. We need to forgive ourselves for our misdeeds; this means letting go of those practices that offend God. We cannot pretend to follow God’s Word. It is all or nothing. When we accept all, the Peace of God is with us; His Love is unconditional and forever and comes to us without any strings attached to it, save love our neighbor as ourselves.

In my daily meditations, I am confident that humanity can bring heaven and earth closer together by living the Word of God.

©Russell Kendall Carter

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God – Our Rock

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God loves me, unconditionally, and I put my complete trust in God, knowing that I am a faith-filled, loved child, a loving child. As a mere mortal, I devote my life to following His commandments for they are Truth for Life. God, the Father, gives me Love, self-discipline, and the power necessary to do His bidding, those things He wants me to do with my life. I gladly serve God for His abundance is eternal and is meant for every living soul.

there is no Rock like our God. (1 Sam 2:2)”

The Bible invites us to trust in God; can we do any less? Our mortal lives are filled with trouble, disappointment, and violence. We live in this uncertain world, as did Jesus. He prevailed; we can also. Our words and our deeds can show others who God truly is; we can be assured of His Love and protection forever. We pray not only for the strength to prevail in this troubled world, but for the knowledge that we (all humanity) will be delivered from our trials and given the strength to overcome them. We can only do this with God.

With the knowledge and strength of the Holy Spirit within us, we deliver the sweetness of God’s purifying water of life. We unite the Goodness of God with the strength of our eternal lives to bring Love, Truth, and eternal Life to all. . . just as God promises. God is our Rock.

©Russell Kendall Carter

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Spirit

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Spirit, (the true Spirit), is the sustenance of mankind. None of us can be here without this Truth. My life is a result of the wondrous grace of Spirit. My body may pass from this earth, but I am spiritual and eternal. God teaches me that I am neither disposable nor material, because when He created me, I am forever!

Spirit leads me to love, cherish, and aid others. Thus, Grace is in action always and all benefit. Spirit leads me in all that I say and do throughout the day. It is in this framework that God invites me to help those I meet. And the longer I do this, the more I live to this level of spiritual beauty, all of God’s Creation shows itself to humanity. God’s Life and Love are no longer hidden from us; they are visible to all who see.

As a child of God, I live in the Truth, Life, and Love of His creation; I am forever bonded to God through Love and Grace and am therefore eternally bonded to all in humanity. I look around me and I see darkness and despair, due to mankind’s shortsightedness, and yet I see beauty in all things because God’s Spirit is present. I bring the mortal wounds of society to God’s healing hands. He allows me to breathe deeply for He knows that with my love, our love, of the Spirit within all of us that all will be well.

We are children of God and therefore have the Spirit of Love and Truth within us. Let us recognize the beauty we share.

©Russell Kendall Carter

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