You are Loved

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You are Loved

 Open yourself to others and find that they love you as you are. Don’t hide behind our false images. It is the true inner you that is loved by God and is loved by others. Love others and they will love you. Love is not asking someone to love you. Love is loving as God loves.

Love opens us to others, allows our weaknesses to show, and is a silent gift from others. Open yourself as Jesus did. Take inspiration from His example. Speak of love and be rewarded. If we are more willing to see the beauty around us, love it, and accept it as God’s gift, our rewards are transformations of our lives and the lives of others. Do not fear this; bring peace and love to our world by offering this simple effort.

Money cannot bring love; only love can bring love. We cannot live alone with love, because love demands the contributions and presence of others. When we love we join others; we welcome the presence of Jesus and God.

There is something mystical about love. It is both humble and bold; obedience to love is a self-forgetting obedience that brings us more spiritual wealth than we can imagine. When we think about our first love, we remember how thrilled we were; and, when we were loved back, we sere ecstatic, overwhelmed by how special we felt. This is what God and Jesus are telling us, every day. The more love we let enter our life, the more special, the more fulfilled we feel.

You are loved. Seek the love of others and realize all the love that God gives freely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words

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Words

 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Our words allow people to see inside us to our very souls. When we pray, “Lord, open my lips to honor your name,” we must remember that words of anger come from the insecurity we have deep within us. By asking the God to put loving words in our mouth, we dedicate ourselves to love all people, as God loves us.

Immediately after the crucifixion, before Saul was changed by God, the disciples scattered. Their scattering was not to escape punishment, but to spread the good news that Jesus brought to the world. Their words truly glorified Jesus and God. God kept them safe, as they proclaimed the grace of God, glorifying Jesus in His holy name.

As we speak words of love, God’s Love, we also speak in praise of God, and we also are protected from all evil. Angry words do not belong coming from our lips; they are not the words God puts into our mouths. Jesus was crucified because of his words; the leaders of Israel could not accept anyone who challenged their authority. Yet, Jesus told the truth, God Truth. They asked Him, “are you the Son of God?” Jesus’s response was “You say I am.” No denial; no pleading for mercy. Jesus understood that His mission was to bring truth to the world.

We need to do the same. We need to counter all of the hatred that is spewed out by news and politicians and let God guide our way, let God guide our words in the way of eternal Peace.

Blessed God, almighty God, guide our very beings in the way of peace and love for all humanity.

 

 

The Mirror Called Love

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The Mirror Called Love

 

Cynthia Bourgeault writes on God’s loves: “For true love is given to mirror and manifest God on earth . . .” What does this mean for us in our daily lives? If we love God, then we love all people, because all people are loved by God. God calls us to love every day in every way and with every person we meet. Why is this?

Humankind was God’s last and greatest creation. We were created to shepherd God’s creation. He never stops calling us to do this. We may think that being a doctor or a teacher is the most important thing that we do, but in reality, serving God and being good stewards is primary. Being a doctor or teacher is the way we serve. Until we serve God, we can never be happy. As an example, I was on this earth for fifty-one years before becoming a teacher, and when I became a teacher, it dawned on me that this was what I was created to do.

The relationships I formed with my students were the direct product of God’s love for humanity. God’s love, and therefore our love needs human relationships. It is these relationships that demonstrate the glory we have in being God’s creations. We are all diamonds, precious stones too valuable to ignore or waste. This is why love was created, to cherish the gems of life. This is the message of Jesus; as members of God’s creation, we are called to love one another, bringing peace to His creations, as He brings peace to us.

 

By Whose Authority

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Matthew 21:23-25 KJV “By what authority doest thou these things?”

 

The synagogue leaders asked Jesus this question. By whose authority is the question for all of us to face. Who are we to lead the church? Who are we to offer intercessory prayers for others? Jesus’s response to this was his own question: “The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men?” Is baptism something we do to bless others, or is it a blessing from God?

When we are baptized, we devote our life to live up to God’s principles, not our own. By taking this vow seriously, we are truly enabled by God to do work in His name. the priests and ministers who perform the baptism, just as John the Baptist, are bringing us closer to the will of God. This is an important element in the life of a person of faith. By devoting our lives to the will of God, we are worthy of passing on the gifts and grace of God to others.

As a personal prayer minister, I am never calmer or more filled with the presence of God within me that I am when praying with others. There are times when I meet someone later whom I prayed with, I am thanked for the spirituality of the words that I said and am asked how I do this. My answer is that I don’t know. The words I use are not my words; they are words passing though my lips from God.

I urge all of my friends to try this. You will find that if you truly concentrate on what your prayer partner requests, the prayers you offer are not your words. When I first realized this, I was awed by the presence of God in all our lives. I am still not comfortable with the idea that I can make a difference in another person’s life. However, I know that when we pray together, God is with us, not only listening, but taking an active role in our prayers. When we pray, God is talking to us. So, when asked by what authority we pray, the answer is God’s authority.

 

 

 

 

 

The Most High

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From 1 Samuel 8:7-9:

And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.”

This warning from God, written over 3000 years ago (approximately 1000 BCE) clearly demonstrates humanity’s fall from having God as the ultimate leader. Whether we elect a president, a prime minister, have a king, or a dictator, none of these people are ruling from the throne of God’s majesty. When we add money, the idea of wealth, into the formula, we have a society that is so far removed from the concept that we are God’s people, not people from a specific area, that we no longer have the right to call ourselves people of God.

From the Christian Gloria in excelsis, are the words: For You alone are the Holy One/

     You alone are the Lord/You alone are the most high. The You, of course, is God, not man. I have just recently begun reading translations of the Dead Sea Scrolls, written by the Essenes over two millennia ago. Many scholars believe that Jesus, in his disappearance from view in the Bible from age twelve to age thirty, spent a good deal of his time with the Essenes in Qumran. The Essenes never referred to a man as lord, or most high. The lord or the most high to the Essenes is God.

                 In my meditation this morning, I will take time to renew my relationship with God, connecting spiritually with others around the world who bring God into their lives. I never insist that people worship God, but I do extend the invitation for them to join me.

                

 

New Wine Skins

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New Wineskins

“therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away” 2 Corinthians 5:17, KJV

During the wedding at Cana, Jesus said that to never put new wine in old wine skins. We are the new wine skins. If we are stiff, as in an old wines kin, we cannot expand to new ideas; we cannot accept change. Cynthia Bourgeault writes about our union of lives allowing us to walk on God’s path. This, above all other desires, requires that we be as pliable as new wine skins; we must be able to expand our ideas, thoughts, and practices to accept all others as God’s children.

By being new and accepting, we are the new children of God who accept the transforming power of God’s love, by welcoming all in His name. It is only love that gives us the real image of God, and that image is in the face of the other. God is not some unknown divine being, God is visible only in the faces of others. We all picture the image of God to be that of Jesus Christ, but in reality, look at our neighbors and see the face of God as it truly is.

Our God of Love calls us to act for our brothers and sisters and reconcile with them in the spirit of God’s holy love. We are to renew ourselves to accept this self-replenishing life, becoming the new wineskins that Jesus praised. We are the wineskins; our treatment of others is the new wine that fulfills the Love of God within us and within the world. We cannot accept the love of others or the love of God without being the same as the very pliable new wine skins.

The outward showing of love for humanity fulfills the holiness, the kingdom of God within us, of our souls and hearts. We trust our own reverence within the holy embrace of God’s Grace, without which our futures are dim indeed. Our perfect example is Jesus. We try to follow him as we accept new ideas and new people into our lives.

Thy Name is Legion

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“What have I to do with thee, Jesus” Luke 8:28 KJV

So asked the man filled with demons in the country of Gedarenes. Whom among us has never asked this question. Jesus, what is it that I, a poor human, has to do with You the Son of God? We all have demons; some have many, as this man did. Our legions are the many pressures of our society that press down on us and tell us how wrong we are, or how great we are. These legions tell us what to do every day, each day of our lives.

Society forces us to be sectarian. We are not allowed to be our own people. We must disagree with someone of a different religion, even if this person is a person of extreme faith. We must also distrust this person because he is from another country or has a darker or lighter skin than us. These demons are self-destructive I think that society has it planned this way so that the leaders of society can keep control. Every one of these false limits set by society drains our communities of love.

Do we know how long ago it was that the custom, the rules, of society demanded that we open our home to the stranger, to the wanderer, to the poor? It is many hundreds of years. Society forces us to exclude this person. Society forces us to distrust this person, make him an outsider, do not love him, he is evil.

If we disregard these rules, as Jesus did, we can remake our lives and those around us. I ask myself what Jesus would do; well, he lived his life against the leaders who were filled with demons.