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1-1-2004 New Year's Service of the Church Within
Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow
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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within.
For This Year's New Year's Service, I am going to do something I have not done before in the 7+ years that we have been sending our Church Within on-line services. I am going to Repeat a service. The New Year's Service of 2003 to be exact. It's a short story I wrote back in February of 2001 called A Gathering of Children. Many of you may not remember it or may not have seen it before maybe some of you have, and Do (personally, I barely remembered it). So Anyway Here's why I am using it again
I was setting up to do this morning's New Year's Service and thought to myself that I should look up past Year's New Year Services so that I wouldn't Inadvertently repeat them This year. Well the first one I looked at was the 2003 Service (I was thinking of starting at the beginning with our 1997 New Year's Service, but my mouse just went and clicked on 2003 instead Go Figure). It was also the Only one I looked at Somehow, it said Exactly what was in my Soul to say this very morning (again apparently). It somehow felt like an un-accidental kinda' thing and so well Here it is Again not inadvertently, but Purposefully
One day, there was a Gathering of Children. There was something Quite Unique about this particular group of children... in fact, Everything about this assembly of Human Beings was Conspicuously Dissimilar. These Children, of both sexes, varied greatly in age (from 6 -100 years young). Every race and blend of races on this planet were represented at this Gathering. There was, among these multi-colored children of all ages and persuasions, Representation of Every Human System of Belief/Philosophy/Religion/Faith. This Conglomerate of Individuals was So Diverse that no two could be said to view any ordinary aspect of Human Life on this world in the same way... with the same inner understanding of Reality.
Only Three things were Common to Every One of these people gathered here on this day. There were only Three things which Every One of them Shared. Each was Wholeheartedly Devoted to their own view of the world. Each believed, deep within their being, in a Higher, a Greater, a more Perfect Power/Energy/Being/Person/Cause/Source. And Thirdly, Each of them had been visited and brought here to this Gathering of the Children by a Radiant Being, Obviously not of this world. They had each been left at the doorway alone and told that the One whom they, and the world, had been Waiting for would be addressing them... would be giving to them the Message of the Ages / The Answer to the Biggest Question / The Truth. With the final words... Now Enter the Doorway.... the Entity that had brought them to this place, unceremoniously vanished leaving them all alone at the doorway to this Immense Structure.
Alone... with the underlying human fear of the unknown, the un-tried, the un-experienced. Each had faced a doorway which beckoned to their very Soul, their Spirit, their Innermost Being. And Each had to pass the test of overcoming their own relative level of fear before they had opened the door and stepped inside.
Will my Whole Understanding of the World and of Reality be proved False... be Crushed... be Ripped Away from me? Could I Survive that? Will I have to Change my Beliefs about what is True, what is Real? Will I have to Change Who I AM?
Each had had to face these penetrating questions. Each had had to humbly choose the Supreme Lure of Truth before entering.
Each inside had entered through a different door, and the amount of Time that they each had spent alone at their doorway with their fears and their Faith varied Greatly from one to the other, and yet all had stepped into this Great Room at exactly the same moment. There was a specific place for each of them at the large circular grouping of tables in the center of the room in the very middle of which was a slightly raised circular platform. All were seated and there was not an extra chair in the room. Everyone knew they were here for a very Significant and Purposeful Reason, and None of them knew for Sure exactly what the Fullness of that Reason Was. Each thought they knew in their Heart what and Whom to Expect, and it is to be noted that None of them expected quite the same thing.
In front of each of them were the instructions: Talk about what you Believe in and about what You believe to be True and about what you expect to happen here today. Conversations began around the table. In the few hours that immediately followed, there was little consensus to be reached. Some were willing to listen to what others believed and some were not. Some believed that everyone else in the room was completely wrong in their beliefs... and others believed that everyone else in the room was Partially right in their beliefs. The attitude in the room was just starting to reach an unbearable level of disagreement and dispute when they all at once heard the unmistakable opening of THE BIG DOOR.
All were silent in anxious anticipation as the Person they had all been waiting for stepped into the room and moved purposefully to the very center of the raised stage. Not a single individual was disappointed by whom they now, at this very moment, beheld in front of them. Each of them Saw Exactly whom they Expected to see. Some saw their long awaited Jewish Messiah... some saw Jesus. Some saw Buddha... Others saw Mohamed. Some saw the Great Wise Chief... some the Nurturing Spirit of Mother. Some saw God... Allah... Jehovah... the Tao. There were those that saw a Being from Outer Space... some a Great White Light of Energy. Everyone looked Intently ahead at the very same being. While no two of them perceived exactly the same Person, they Each experienced in their Soul a certain inner knowingness of the Emanating Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Love.
Each person in the room Knew Undeniably at the very same moment that they had the Full and Complete Personal attention of the One their Soul had Longed for. Each of them heard at the Very Same Moment the words:
You have Seen Me, You have Heard Me, You have Experienced Me, and You have Felt and Recognized My Presence. Now Go and Live Every Moment of the Rest of your Human Life Accordingly.
Prepare yourself for the day when I will again Return to you. Let those whom you meet and those whom I place in your Path KNOW that you have been With me by your Excitement for Life, by your Goodness, by your Overflowing Love.
Many there are on this world who do Not know Me or who fear to know Me. If only All could come to know Me in Their own unique way as well as You know Me in Yours, this world would soon begin to Transform and Evolve into the Beautiful expression of Paradise that was always and still Is it's True Destiny. Let then See how I effect Your Life so that they may be enticed to discover this Wonderful and Grace-filled way of living for Themselves. You need not Tell them how to go about finding Me; you need but, by your own Goodness and Love, Show them that YOU have Indeed found Me.
I Leave you now, but I will Return before long. Go now, Each of you, and Help in Your Own Special way to Prepare the Way for My Return. All will experience Me when next I Come. Help Everyone to be Ready by becoming Ready Yourself. I Love you, and I Believe in You. Until we Meet again...
...and at once the Center of the room was again empty, and Each was left with his and her own thoughts. They silently looked around at one another... into one another's eyes and into their Souls... and in unison they each smiled knowingly.
The very next breath that each of them took was in the very same place where each of them had started out... and Then the Questions. Had it Really Happened? Was I Really taken someplace? Was it Real?
Some after a time didn't believe that it really could have happened. They went back to living their life just as they had before; in fear and uncertainty. But Many... Many Believed and their Lives were changed... and are this very moment Preparing the Way for the Return.
[The preceding Story is Purely a work of Fiction]
...or Is it?
Have You heard the Words?
Dear Father God,
In humble Respect, I Willingly Submit to Your Will. May Your Love be more recognizable in all of my actions this coming New Year.
You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
The Creator's Infinite Love to All of you,