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#167
12-5-99
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12-12-99
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12-19-99
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12-26-99

12-5-99 Sunday Service of Church Within #167
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Today's Service is offered by: Minister Judy Girard

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to The Church that is Within.

Well, in Coeur d'Alene we last night got our first dusting of snow that actually stayed on the ground. What a Gorgeous Sight!

I would like to thank Minister Judy for providing this Magnificent Service for today. It is one that I am sure will touch you... as it did Me! I think I will go enjoy the Snow now. Thank you Judy!!

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Quotes
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(From: John Soos)
To be of the Earth is to know the restlessness of being a seed, The darkness of being planted, the struggle toward the light, The pain of growth into light, the joy of bursting and bearing fruit, The
love of being food for someone, the scattering of your seeds, The decay of the seasons, the mystery of death, And the miracle of birth.

(From: Henry David Thoreau)
Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only indispensable but positive hindrances to our elevation.

(From: the Holy Bible: Sirach 4:12)
Whoever loves wisdom loves life.

(From: Richard Rohr)
If you do not have the eyes to see the divine image in all things, you do not have the eyes to see the divine image in anything.

(From: Angel Bumps, Church Within)
Control…. Ya gotta give it up to Get it.

(From: Audre Lourde)
When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

(From: Rumi)
Move from within.
Don't move the way
Fear wants you to.

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The Sermon
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        Does it seem to you that everywhere you look, people are trying their best to find happiness or fulfillment or peace or just to plain feel good about themselves? Walk through any bookstore and you will likely find a huge self-help section. Or, look at the classified section of your local paper. It would appear as though folks are looking for that “perfect job.” Open the real estate section and take a gander at the ads that appeal to our sense of wanting to live in the “right neighborhood.” Or, there's always the “right” car, the “right schools” or associating with the “right people.” All these in an effort to both feel good and be accepted.

        Several times a week I receive fliers regarding workshops offering the one secret to make me complete, give my life meaning, reduce all stress and assist me in actualizing all of my goals. If only my life was perfect, I could achieve perfect joy, happiness, satisfaction, fulfillment, love and wealth. With each gimmick there is a price tag attached ranging from moderately low to ridiculously high.

        My experience of most of those kinds of workshops or “fix things fast” self-help books is that there is a momentary feeling that I have resolved something, had some breakthrough and experience a brief moment of feeling good about myself. However, the moments are few and far between, are not sustained for any substantial period of time, are somewhat shallow or artificial and often leave me feeling emptier than I was before starting on my quest.

        But if the answer does not lie on one of these, then where? What must I do to attain this feeling of peace? What must I do to feel as though I have had a dream, taken steps to achieve it and now am living it out? So how is it then that we live the life of our dreams? We all have them. Some of our dreams come true, but most of them stay elusively out of reach. For me, I often gain the success I set out to get only to sabotage it in some way. That never made sense to me. Often the things I wanted the most were the things I also pushed out of my life. Then there were the times I felt like I was really in sync with things, that everything was going well, that I was on top of the world. My energy was high; in fact there were times I felt manic. Certainly this was a sign that I was doing what I needed to be doing to achieve my life's goals. There was this feeling that God was smiling on me and all was right with the world. I mean what greater confirmation could there be?

        Then, the crash would come. I would go from that feeling of being on a high to the depths of despair for no apparent reason. Short of diagnosing myself as bi-polar or manic-depressive, I found little explanation for these sudden changes. I knew deep down there was more garbage in my life than I really wanted to admit and I sought out yet another solution for this feeling of emptiness. All in vain. It was a tiring and seemingly endless process.

        It was only recently that all that I had read and heard and been told, began to sink in. “Go within, be still, allow the God within me to heal my wounds, forgive myself, love myself, choose life.” These are not quick fix statements, but a way of life. At first, I was afraid of being within. It is the place where I have stored all of the junk of my life. All of the pains and disappointments, all of the betrayals and all of the violations of trust are buried deep inside. So why would I want to go there? It is also the place where my heavenly Father and Mother reside, where there is total peace and healing.

        By becoming aware of those things again, I began to realize again that it was essential to choose from my heart, to live in the moment and not so much in the past, to really be the person I desire to be, to seek union with my Creator and let other things fall into place. There is a great wisdom that resides within us. The trick is to trust ourselves and not to believe that others know what's best for us. If I listen closely to that wisdom within me and pay attention to how I am feeling, I am better able to trust myself and to listen to the voice of God within me. It is not always an easy process. Forgiving myself, loving myself, allowing wounds to be healed are tasks that are, at times, nearly impossible.

        Living in the moment requires remaining mindful of who I am while being who I am. It requires an awareness of thoughts, feelings, words and actions while I am there. Only in the moment can I control who I am. It is the only time I can choose my thoughts and words and actions. The past is done and the future has not yet happened. If I follow my instincts and pray for God's companionship and guidance on my journey, I can choose in the moment that is best. In that way, there is no need to worry about what is to happen or what has just happened, but am able to focus on the “now.” Releasing the past with love, is one of my most difficult tasks. It is also the one that becomes more important. When I am in touch with what resides in my heart and soul, and its intricate intertwining of dreams, hopes, desires, personality, talents, abilities, passions and desires, I am better able to fulfill my life's desires.

        I tend to be a person who likes to being in control of things. I am a leader. I have also learned that I will never really be in control of anything. The harder I try the more elusive it becomes. Life was not meant to be controlled, but lived, experienced, savored and delighted in. The greater the degree to which I accept my own divinity and the divinity of those who surround me the easier it is for me to acknowledge my giftedness, have faith in my abilities and revel in others accomplishments rather than comparing myself to them. And, the greater degree to which I am able to let go of control and just let be. It is impossible for me to uplift others when I am not seeing my own goodness. You and I are valuable, unique and special and have incredible talent waiting to be expressed.         You and I were made in God's image and all that God is, we are too. Divine creators. We are called to bask in the radiant light of our Creator's love, to be a shining light to all we encounter.

        Our primary spiritual practice becomes one of staying in touch with our deepest self, receiving the support of friends, family and nature, and acknowledging our immersion in the divine embrace that reminds us of love, trust and the possibility of a better tomorrow.

        Each day now I learn more, grow more, stretch more and, become more and more peaceful and content with who I am. So the journey is an ever- changing adventure. It takes time to let go of all of the fears and limitations and beliefs that you and I have acquired in our lifetimes. It takes time to learn to be gentle with ourselves, to see ourselves as our loving Parent sees us. There isn't any rush. God is not keeping score or grading us on how well we do, and there is no stopwatch. His desire is for us to live in the freedom His love can provide. We all get to where we are going when we are ready and the timing is right. Life is perfect at this moment in time. Follow your heart. God's love, which resides there, will allow you to unconditionally love yourself, your life and all those who surround you.

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The Prayer
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Loving Father and Mother,

We journey far in search of truth and light. We often forget that the only journey worth traveling is the one that takes us deep inside and home to you. Be with us as we embark on that journey.

God's Love and Abundant Blessings,

Judy Girard,
Minister, Church Within


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12-12-99 Sunday Service of Church Within #168
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to The Church that is Within.

Are you Y2K ready?

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Quotes
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(from: THE ANGEL STONES-Oracle for the Soul Millennium” ©1999 by Pastor Daniel J. Megow )
#13 DIRECTION
Reversed Stone: The ego self is used to living amid constant verbal activity. When there is no exterior stimulation, ego will talk to itself. The Human Self (Ego) fears Silence. When a young developing child experiences the devastating silence from the fearful ego of a loved one or a friend, the feeling of abandonment and rejection is enough to drive that child into withdrawal. The silence of Soul, however, is the silence of peace and contentment, a place of worship and validation. Recognizing the difference and choosing between them is the lesson here. It may require forgetting all you ever learned about silence so that you may relearn it anew from a Soul perspective.

(from: The Chuang-tzu - A Translation by Lin Yutang)
"When standing still," said Confucius, "the water is in the most perfect state of repose. Let that be your model. It remains quietly within, and is not agitated without. It is from the cultivation of such harmony that virtue results. And if virtue takes no outward form, man will not be able to keep aloof from it."

(from: The Urantia Papers – Paper-99 Section-1)
Mechanical inventions and the dissemination of knowledge are modifying civilization; certain economic adjustments and social changes are imperative if cultural disaster is to be avoided. This new and oncoming social order will not settle down complacently for a millennium. The human race must become reconciled to a procession of changes, adjustments, and readjustments. Mankind is on the march toward a new and unrevealed planetary destiny.

(from: The RSV Bible - Matthew 13:39)
...the harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels.

(from: THE ANGEL STONES-Oracle for the Soul Millennium” ©1999 by Pastor Daniel J. Megow )
The New Millennium is upon us and the first stages of Social Adulthood are starting to manifest in Humankind. Soul is making it's move to overcome the inherent limitations of egotistical thinking so deeply entrenched in human society, and World Spirituality is visibly becoming more and more evident. The ages of Egotism are passing. The Age of the Soul has begun.

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The Sermon
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        I imagine that there is not one among you who hasn't speculated more than once about what the approaching New Millennium will bring for Humankind. You've thought about it, Haven't you? Wondered... Supposed... done the big “What if?”

         Some predict a violent End of the World, some a violent end to all evil. They look for an “Armageddon” to, in a very short amount of time, destroy everything that they don't like about the world. They, of Course, will be saved. But Woe to all of the rest of humanity who believe differently than They do! They are “IN for it” when THE LORD comes to wreak vengeance upon the world.

        Well, I am going to make a Prophecy on That one right Now. [You can Quote me if you want to. <Grin>] Trust me on this one. NOT!!! It Ain't gonna Happen that way!

I'll Bet you're relieved Now! ;-)

        You Know... it is just so Totally out of Character for the One they so devoutly profess to believe in, that I wonder if they somehow must have Missed all of his teachings about Love and Compassion and Forgiveness. Ya Think?

        There are also quite a few who predict Major economic and/or Social collapse... that civilization as we know it will crumble and that the world will revert to barbarism.

        I'll step out on a limb and make a prediction on This one Too. Civilization will survive and it will grow in the next Millennium, irregardless of what may or may not happen to the economic or Social structures that are presently in place.

        Many believe that a physical, “Supernatural Visitation” of Some sort or another is imminent, and that we will be benevolently shown “The Better Way.”

        I must in all truthfulness say that I DO find this particular scenario to be rather Attractive. I would not be the Least bit surprised to see it happen in my own lifetime, and yet neither will I be in any way disappointed if in fact it does not. The way I look at it is, if I Live the rest of my life in preparation and anticipation of such an occurrence. When it happens, I will be ready for it. And if it does not, I will be all the better prepared for the life which follows this one.

What do I Personally expect to happen in the coming millennium?
The steady decline of materialism and egotism...
The steady Increase of Soul Realization and Spirituality...
The continual progress of technology, medicine and science...
The eventual elimination of family abuse and social prejudices...
The encouragement of individuality and diversity...
I believe that Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Love will prevail...
and that Civilization will become progressively more Civilized and Mature.

Actually... I haven't really finalized all of my opinions on the matter yet. Have You?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Your wish is my command. So... What'll it be Next?


You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love, through me, to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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12-19-99 Sunday Service of Church Within #169
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to The Church that is Within.

This time of year can be a time of Great Joy and Emotional Well-being for some, and yet it can be a time of great suffering and emotional pain for others. It can be a time of Hope, or a time of despair... a time of Peace, or a time of unrest... a time of Rejoicing, or a time of regret... time of Giving, or a time of retaliation... a time of Love, or a time of grief. We each have the choice of becoming a Part of the Solution, or a part of the problem. Be a Part of the Solution...

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Quotes
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(from: The Baghavad Gita - 18.64-65)
      Hear again My supreme word, the most secret of all. You are very dear to Me, therefore, I shall tell this for your benefit.
      Fix your mind on Me, be devoted to Me, offer service to Me, bow down to Me, and you shall certainly reach Me. I promise you because you are very dear to Me.

(from: The Urantia Papers – Paper-131 Section-10)
"I will no longer be satisfied to believe that God is the Father of all my people; I will henceforth believe that he is also my Father. Always will I try to worship God with the help of the Spirit of Truth, which is my helper when I have become really God-knowing. But first of all I am going to practice worshiping God by learning how to do the will of God on earth; that is, I am going to do my best to treat each of my fellow mortals just as I think God would like to have him treated. And when we live this sort of a life in the flesh, we may ask many things of God, and he will give us the desire of our hearts that we may be the better prepared to serve our fellows. And all of this loving service of the children of God enlarges our capacity to receive and experience the joys of heaven, the high pleasures of the ministry of the spirit of heaven.

(from:. The RSV Bible - Romans 12:6-18)
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; never be conceited. Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends upon you, live peaceably with all.

(from:. The RSV Bible - Corinthians I 12:4-11)
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are inspired by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

(from: The Baghavad Gita - 4.33-34)
      The knowledge sacrifice is superior to any material sacrifice, O Arjuna. Because, all actions in their entirety culminate in knowledge. 
     Acquire this transcendental knowledge by humble reverence, by sincere inquiry, and by service. The wise who have realized the truth will teach you.
     
(from: The Urantia Papers – Paper-91 Section-7)
The great religious teachers and the prophets of past ages were not extreme mystics. They were God-knowing men and women who best served their God by unselfish ministry to their fellow mortals. Jesus often took his apostles away by themselves for short periods to engage in meditation and prayer, but for the most part he kept them in service-contact with the multitudes. The soul of man requires spiritual exercise as well as spiritual nourishment.

(from: The Urantia Papers – Paper-48 Section-6)
Angels take delight in service and, when unassigned, often minister as volunteers. The soul of many an ascending mortal has for the first time been kindled by the divine fire of the will-to-service through personal friendship with the volunteer servers of the seraphic reserves.

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The Sermon
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"the divine fire of the will-to-service"
        I Like that line. It's a good description of what you see in some very special people at this time of year... don't ya Think?

"the divine fire of the will-to-service"
        You've seen it in them, haven't you? That Drive to Care... That Urge to Help... That Passion to Serve... That Supreme Motivation to Love Others? They aren't merely doing it out of a sense of duty... nor to feel superior... nor because of what they might gain personally... nor because others may see them doing it. No. They are the Heroic ones who Serve Unselfishly out of Compassion... out of Understanding... out of Kindness. They Really are Earth Angels... True Saints... Significantly Inspiring Individuals... wouldn't' you say?

"the divine fire of the will-to-service"
        What if we All had it? That "Divine Fire"... that "Will-to-Service?" Can you Imagine what this poor suffering world could look like if that Fire burned brightly in Everyone's Soul? I sure Wish everyone could be Ignited with it.

"the divine fire of the will-to-service"
        People are attracted to it's Warmth. Often their Own Fire is kindled by the Flame of another.

"the divine fire of the will-to-service"
        Is my Own burning? Do I give it enough Fuel? Perhaps it is time for me to Tend it. Yes. There have been Far Too Many "Next Times." "Next Time" allows the Fire to dwindle... to weaken... to sputter. Only "This Time" is the one that feeds the Flame in my Soul. Only "This Time" is the one that matters. Only "This Time" is the one that I can choose to be a part of. "If not now, then When?"
        
"the divine fire of the will-to-service"
        How's Your "Fire" doing?

"the divine fire of the will-to-service"
        Let it Burn... Let it Grow... Let it Spread... Let it Engulf the World in Compassion, in Kindness, in Understanding, and in Love.

"the divine fire of the will-to-service"
        Excuse me but... you got a Light?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        May "Your Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven." Ignite us with the Flame of Your Holy Spirit and may "the divine fire of the will-to-service" burn Brightly in our souls this day and Every day and on into the next Millennium.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love, through me, to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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12-26-99 Sunday Service of Church Within #170
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Today's Service is offered by: Minister Judy Girard

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to The Church that is Within.

This will be the Last Church Within Sunday Service of the Millennium. I would like to give a Special Thanks to all of you for being here, and an EXTRA Special Thank You to Minister Judy for yesterday's Christmas Service and Today's Wonderful Service. We may not have been able to have the services without her. My family and I have been incapacitated with a horrendous bout of the Flu all week, and just sitting here writing this one paragraph is as much as I can accomplish at the moment.

        
I Dearly Love You All!!!
I'll be back the 1st day of next year/century/millennium.

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Quotes
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(From: Henri Nouwen)
[We need] to recognize the sufferings of the times in our own heart and make that recognition the starting point of our service. To enter into a dislocated world. Relating to a compulsive generation will not be perceived as authentic unless it comes from the heart – wounded by the suffering you are about to see.

(From: Wendell Berry)
The world can't be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long. Only by spiritual journey - a journey very arduous and humble and joyful by which we arrive at the ground at our feet, where we learn to be at home.

(From: Dag Hammarskjold)
I don't know who or what put the question. I don't even know when it was put. I don't remember answering. But at some moment I did answer yes to someone or something. And from that hour I was certain that existence was meaningful and therefore my life was self-surrendered and whole.

(From: Shinsho)
Does one really have to fret about enlightenment? No matter what road I travel, I'm going home.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Not in his goals but in his transitions man is great.

(From: Mary Oliver)
Tell me, what is it you plan to do With your one wild and precious life?

(From: T.S. Eliot)
What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end Is to make a beginning The end is where we start from.

(From: Pope John XXIII)
It is now only dawn.

(From: Gabriel Marcel)
Hope is the memory of the future.

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The Sermon
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        We are at a threshold of something extremely exciting. We are also at the end of something. I have long since given up on the argument of whether we are about to embark on the last year of this century or the first of the next. It really doesn't matter to me. It would seem that we are at a point of transition no matter what we call it. It is like watching a trapeze artist at the circus; swinging out, holding on to the bar, and then letting go with the expectation that the next bar will be there. That is the point we are at. That mid-way point between letting go and grabbing on.

        Most of us, though, I think, rely on the safety net more than we trust that there will be something to grab on to if we let go of what we are hanging on to. In many ways our personal transitions are microcosms of the larger shift that is taking place on our planet as we prepare for and plan for the great work of the twenty-first century. So are we going to hang on to the first trapeze for dear life, or will we let go and reach for the second? We somehow think we are safe by hanging on to what we have known. Are we?

        How do we find our place on this planet today? Will it be by being strong and invincible? We certainly have a history of that. Or will it be by acknowledging our woundedness? Personally, it seems that our strength is in our weakness and vulnerability. Being the powerful ones has not reaped huge benefits. Like you, I have felt the pain of uncertainty and disappointment. Each of us has some level of woundedness. For me it rests in several places in my childhood. My story starts with my adoption. There is a deep sense of pain and rejection surrounding that event. My mother already had a child whom she kept and raised. Somehow, I translated that story into feelings of low self-worth and unworthiness. As an adult, I have felt echoes of that early separation: when a relationship ended, when my health was endangered, when I felt lost or alone or unloved. As an adult, I tried to compensate for those feelings by trying to help others heal their pain. Ultimately, I was able to discover a lot of energy in that pain.

        One of the things I did along the way was to wonder and imagine what life was like for Jesus. Was he able to focus on the innkeeper who provided some shelter for his mother and father or was his focus on being born in a stable amongst the animals? Somehow in that I found some connection between my beginning story and that of Jesus. One could view his humble beginnings as being rooted in rejection, unworthiness and aloneness. That is what my birth and adoption process always felt like to me. But on some level, I could see and sense that for Jesus his beginnings were viewed differently.

        Being at home with our wounds is integral to being generative and life producing in the world. The events of life and the behavior of others are beyond my control. I am not in charge. My response to the events that cause me pain is that I must make every effort to transform the patterns of oppression in whatever way I can. There is a fine line between recognizing and acknowledging pain and staying grounded in the trust that out of the chaos will emerge clarity and direction.

        Look at the response of Jesus. Look not only at his birth, but at his death. Alone in the Garden, abandoned by friends, misunderstood by enemies, family and friends, he was still able to trust. He was able to swing from one trapeze to the other and to live in that place in mid-air, where faith is alive and spirit abounds.

        As a culture, we are a wounded people. The last century was marked by war, atomic bombs, nuclear holocausts, suspicion and doubt, hatred, economic despair, poverty, deception, weakness in leadership and turmoil of many varieties. Are these the things for which we want to be remembered? Is this the life we wish to embrace and carry with us into the next century? Sometimes I wonder what it is that we are hanging on to. We are about to embark on yet another transition. And it would appear to me that we have some choices to make. Collectively, what does this generation of people wish to be remembered for? As we enter this next era, what is it that we as a people wish historians to write about us? I can't decide or control how “we” will be remembered. I can have some control over how “I” will be remembered. If enough of us put energy into that, we could transform this place.

For me, I wish to be remembered as someone who:

--Embraced life, lived and loved and risked, yet continued to discover hope in the struggle. --Had very few “what ifs.” --Worked diligently to make a difference in the lives of children. --Faced fear saw in pain the possibility to grow, let go of grudges. --Strove to forgive and was always open to life's deeper meaning. --Touched others' lives and contributed to their journey, while not in any way diminishing their existence for my own personal gain. --Cared deeply and let others know it. --Felt pain and learned from it. --Dared to be creative and was surprised by it. --Strove for justice and made it possible for others. --Understood the sacredness of home and extended hospitality to others. --Was true to her calling, embraced the ambiguity of existence and strove to awaken the paradoxes of life. --Lived outside of the boxes, dared to identify with the inappropriate and the disenfranchised and chose to be on the edge with courage and creativity. --Put hope before heartache, trust before terror and possibility before problems. As someone who fostered hope and was committed to tomorrow.

        I can only speak for myself and frame what I do based on what I believe. I believe that we live in a time that must dare to call for and begin to build a movement, a movement that will heal our souls and the soul of a culture in need of a new vision, new energy and a renewed sense of hope. It will take imagination and courage. It cannot be learned in a classroom or read out of a book. It is, and will be, written and transcribed in the lives of people like you and me who struggle for passion and purpose to build relationships. We are challenged to create structures that encourage mutual respect and understanding that make this planet a place where life is given, love experienced and tradition passed on. We are challenged to build a new kingdom. That challenge was issued a long time ago. Perhaps it is time to grab onto the next trapeze bar.

Tall order. It can be done, one person at a time, one step at a time, one day at a time.

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The Prayer
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Loving God,
        Birthdays are times of joy and longing, gratitude and regret. They remind us of the universal desire to re-birth; we celebrate both new life and life's renewal. As we enter this new millennium, may it be the dawn of a new birthday for an entire planet. Let us embark with hope, with purpose and with you as our model and beacon of light.


God's Love and Abundant Blessings,

Judy Girard,
Minister, Church Within


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