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#215
11-5-2000
#216
11-12-2000
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11-19-2000
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11-26-2000


11-5-2000 Sunday Service of the Church Within #215
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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.

Today let's look at something that we have daily opportunities to practice getting better at...

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Quotes
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(From: Cicero)
To err is human, to forgive divine.

(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-170 Section-2)
Jesus taught that sin is not the child of a defective nature but rather the offspring of a knowing mind dominated by an unsubmissive will. Regarding sin, he taught that God has forgiven; that we make such forgiveness personally available by the act of forgiving our fellows. When you forgive your brother in the flesh, you thereby create the capacity in your own soul for the reception of the reality of God's forgiveness of your own misdeeds.

(From: Ann Landers)
One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody every night you go to bed.

(From: The American Standard Bible - Mark 11:25)
Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.

(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-174 Section-1)
        After a short silence Jesus looked significantly at all four and answered: "My brethren, you err in your opinions because you do not comprehend the nature of those intimate and loving relations between the creature and the Creator, between man and God. You fail to grasp that understanding sympathy which the wise parent entertains for his immature and sometimes erring child. It is indeed doubtful whether intelligent and affectionate parents are ever called upon to forgive an average and normal child. Understanding relationships associated with attitudes of love effectively prevent all those estrangements which later necessitate the readjustment of repentance by the child with forgiveness by the parent.
        "A part of every father lives in the child. The father enjoys priority and superiority of understanding in all matters connected with the child-parent relationship. The parent is able to view the immaturity of the child in the light of the more advanced parental maturity, the riper experience of the older partner. With the earthly child and the heavenly Father, the divine parent possesses infinity and divinity of sympathy and capacity for loving understanding. Divine forgiveness is inevitable; it is inherent and inalienable in God's infinite understanding, in his perfect knowledge of all that concerns the mistaken judgment and erroneous choosing of the child. Divine justice is so eternally fair that it unfailingly embodies understanding mercy.
        "When a wise man understands the inner impulses of his fellows, he will love them. And when you love your brother, you have already forgiven him. This capacity to understand man's nature and forgive his apparent wrongdoing is Godlike. If you are wise parents, this is the way you will love and understand your children, even forgive them when transient misunderstanding has apparently separated you. The child, being immature and lacking in the fuller understanding of the depth of the child-father relationship, must frequently feel a sense of guilty separation from a father's full approval, but the true father is never conscious of any such separation.

(From: Gandhi)
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

(From: The RSV Bible - Luke 6:37-38)
"Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back."

(From: The RSV Bible - Colossians 3:8-13)
But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scyth'ian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-100 Section-4)
        In the mind's eye conjure up a picture of one of your primitive ancestors of cave-dwelling times--a short, misshapen, filthy, snarling hulk of a man standing, legs spread, club upraised, breathing hate and animosity as he looks fiercely just ahead. Such a picture hardly depicts the divine dignity of man. But allow us to enlarge the picture. In front of this animated human crouches a saber-toothed tiger. Behind him, a woman and two children. Immediately you recognize that such a picture stands for the beginnings of much that is fine and noble in the human race, but the man is the same in both pictures. Only in the second sketch you are favored with a widened horizon. You therein discern the motivation of this evolving mortal. His attitude becomes praiseworthy because you understand him. If you could only fathom the motives of your associates, how much better you would understand them. If you could only know your fellows, you would eventually fall in love with them.

(From: Gandhi)
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

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The Sermon
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Children, as you may have noticed, tend to learn little from hearing what we tell them; but Much, Very Much, from Watching what we Do.

Funny how that is.

Are you a good Teacher of Forgiveness?
Are you a good Practicer of Forgiveness?
Are you a good Receiver of Forgiveness?

Do you instinctively tend to have Compassionate Forgiveness for those who have apparently Wronged, Mistreated or Hurt you? Is it your habit? [Even while Driving? ;-)] This would be Ideal... would it not?

But it's not Easy to forgive sometimes, IS it? It seems by Far the more natural to be angry... to hate... to hold a grudge... or, to want to get even. Why IS that do you think?

I think ego's Fear is at the Core of non-forgiving actions. Think about it. Fear of losing; fear of danger, fear of hurting, fear of abandonment; fear of weakness; fear of being discovered human....AGAIN. Whenever ego fears, it's first reaction is anger.

When one is Totally without fear, they have little motivation for anger. Applied Love is the Antidote for any fear, and it is also the most Formidable Preventor of fear.

Think about this: When you Dearly Love someone, you need only Forgive their Actions... when you unconditionally Love them as a person, you don't even Question whether or not you will forgive them... do you?

How much More Forgiving must God be than we can even Imagine!

God automatically forgives us our mistakes, our transgressions, our bad choices, our bad attitudes---our Immaturity. Because God Infinitely Loves us Each... we're His children.

"If you could only fathom the motives of your associates, how much better you would understand them. If you could only know your fellows, you would eventually fall in love with them."

As you Forgive, so will you Feel forgiven... as you Love, so will you Feel Loved.

So Love...

"As you Sow, so also shall you Reap."

Sow Love...

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thanks for always being my Parent... help me to remember always that I am your child, and to Act like it.

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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11-12-2000 Sunday Service of the Church Within #216
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Church Within's "Light and Life Garden Retreat"
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Update:
        Well, Wednesday of this week we received our first lasting Snowfall of the season. Six beautiful inches of it still flock the Pines and blanket the grounds of our "Light and Life Garden Retreat." Temperatures have been below freezing during the days and in the middle to low teens at night, and the five-day-forecast indicates that the snow will probably be around for a while yet to come.
        The "Tractor Within" that you all so generously helped to provide has been out of commission for the past Six+ weeks from a heavy rain getting into the diesel exhaust manifold, engine oil and the transmission hydraulic fluid (all of which contributed to keeping it from starting),and a broken hydraulic cylinder and swing-pin on the backhoe (which kept it from being able to do any work even if I Could have gotten it started). I have, since then as funds have allowed, replaced the 5 gallons of transmission fluid and filters; cleaned out and refilled the air cleaner with fresh oil; got the hydraulic cylinder re-welded and re-installed, the battery re-charged, and just this past Monday I was able to finish up with changing the engine oil and filter and fuel filters before dark. I was unable to test it Tuesday or Wednesday because I was working an outside job to try to help pay for it all, but by Thursday I was snowed-in and unable to get out of our 100 yard entrance and driveway to go work, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to see if I could now get the tractor started. After over an hour of unsuccessfully trying to start it, the frustration began to set in, and I got the bright idea to try some starting fluid (which had not worked previously), and the Tractor Within roared to life for the first time in over a month and a half---just in time. Now running Beautifully, I spent the next three and a half hours learning how to use it as a snow plow so we could get in and out. It served Admirably!!!
        And I again Thank All of you who so generously contributed to the tractor fund, helping to make it possible for us to function during the winter months ahead!
        Come Visit and Retreat with us! The Skiing in this area is said to be Exceptional!!

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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.

Today I am going to begin the Service with the Sermon before the Quotes. Just feels Right for some reason...

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The Sermon
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        The local ABC news in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene has been advertising their news interview with Neale Donald Walsch, the Author of "Conversations With God," which will be airing sometime within the next few days. Paraphrased, they say: Can people really have conversations with God? Well, we're going to interview a man who says he does just that. In fact, he has written a book about it called "Conversations With God."
        This "Tweaked" my thoughts a bit; firstly that the local news station would do a story like that at All, and secondly I had to be reminded that the majority of the people Don't have conscious conversations with God all that regularly... if even at All. I think I'll just have to Watch it...
        You have conversations with God, Don't Ya? I always feel at my Best and most Capable and most Loving when I am having my regular, practically Constant, Conversations with God... don't You? Faith is Strong and Purposeful... Love just seems to Flow out of you so Naturally, so Easily, and In to you as Well... Hope is High and Undaunted. Yes... those Conversations WITH God are quite Priceless, aren't They?
        I Hate it when I Forget to have those regular conversations with God, don't You? Life seems Such a Struggle when I neglect my talks with God... when I have inadvertently taken too much for granted God's Everpresence Within and Without. It's like I Know God's There with me All the Time, but still sometimes I forget to Rejoice in each and every moment I Consciously Share with God, and when That starts becoming more and more frequent---more Habitual---life can return to being such a Grind again... Can't it? The "Struggle" seems so Great and Imposing then... Just can't seem to find the Time to have those Life Enriching Conversations with God... there's just Too Much comin' At me all at once... it's Too Difficult to Do it all... life seems so insignificant, so without direction... So Hard to get Back to You, God. When will I Learn to stop letting the insignificant "things of the world" control my attitudes and thoughts? When will I Learn to continually let God's Loving and Compassionate Nature be the Adjuster and Controller of my Attitudes and Thoughts... not just once in a while, not even Most of the time, but All the time?

        I gotta Make time for Conversations with God when I feel I am alone in the bottom of one of those experiential Pits of Life. I Have to remember at All times that it is being in Communion/Union With God that produces the sweet and satisfying "fruits of the spirit" that make life Enjoyable and Rewarding!

When is the Best Time for having Conversations with God?

Why, Right Now of Course. "Now" is the Only time we can have Conversations with God.

"Hey God? Let's talk..."

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Quotes
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(From: D H. Lawrence)
The world fears a new experience more than it fears anything. Because a new experience displaces so many old experiences... The world doesn't fear a new idea. It can pigeon-hole any idea. But it can't pigeon-hole a real new experience.

(From: The KJV Bible - Galatians 5:22-23)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-106 Section-9)
        Sooner or later all universe personalities begin to realize that the final quest of eternity is the endless exploration of infinity, the never-ending voyage of discovery into the absoluteness of the First Source and Center. Sooner or later we all become aware that all creature growth is proportional to Father identification. We arrive at the understanding that living the will of God is the eternal passport to the endless possibility of infinity itself. Mortals will sometime realize that success in the quest of the Infinite is directly proportional to the achievement of Fatherlikeness, and that in this universe age the realities of the Father are revealed within the qualities of divinity. And these qualities of divinity are personally appropriated by universe creatures in the experience of living divinely, and to live divinely means actually to live the will of God.

(From: Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)
It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive -- to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.

(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-34 Section-6)
Such spirit-guided and divinely illuminated mortals, while they yet tread the lowly paths of toil and in human faithfulness perform the duties of their earthly assignments, have already begun to discern the lights of eternal life as they glimmer on the faraway shores of another world; already have they begun to comprehend the reality of that inspiring and comforting truth, "The kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit." And throughout every trial and in the presence of every hardship, spirit-born souls are sustained by that hope which transcends all fear because the love of God is shed abroad in all hearts by the presence of the divine Spirit.

(From: The RSV Bible - John 15:9-12)
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-193 Section-2)
Salvation is the free gift of God, but those who are born of the spirit will immediately begin to show forth the fruits of the spirit in loving service to their fellow creatures. And the fruits of the divine spirit which are yielded in the lives of spirit-born and God-knowing mortals are: loving service, unselfish devotion, courageous loyalty, sincere fairness, enlightened honesty, undying hope, confiding trust, merciful ministry, unfailing goodness, forgiving tolerance, and enduring peace.

(From: Helen Keller)
Sure, the world is full of trouble. But, as long as we have people undoing trouble, we have a pretty good world.

(From: Claire Booth Luce)
There are no hopeless situations; there are only men who have grown hopeless about them.

(From: Anna Quindlen)
The life you have led doesn't need to be the only life you'll have.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        I Want You in my life Now and in Every Now for all the rest of my life... This one, and the next. It's up to Me to Keep You there, Isn't it? Yeah... I Thought so. Then I Resolve to Practice until Perfect. Let me Nevermore lose Sight of this.

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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11-19-2000 Sunday Service of the Church Within #217
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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.

If I could give One Thing to the world and all of it's people, it would be...

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Quotes
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(From: Epictetus)
When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; nay, God is within, and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing?

(From: The Tao Te Ching – #51)
The Tao gives birth to all beings,
nourishes them, maintains them,
cares for them, comforts them, protects them,
takes them back to itself,
creating without possessing,
acting without expecting,
guiding without interfering.
That is why love of the Tao
is in the very nature of things.

(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-34 Section-6)
And throughout every trial and in the presence of every hardship, spirit-born souls are sustained by that hope which transcends all fear because the love of God is shed abroad in all hearts by the presence of the divine Spirit.

(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-117 Section-6)
        All true love is from God, and man receives the divine affection as he himself bestows this love upon his fellows. Love is dynamic. It can never be captured; it is alive, free, thrilling, and always moving. Man can never take the love of the Father and imprison it within his heart. The Father's love can become real to mortal man only by passing through that man's personality as he in turn bestows this love upon his fellows.

(From: Martin Luther King Jr.)
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.

(From: The RSV Bible - Romans 12:9-18)
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 - John 13:34)
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-100 Section-4)
It is not so important to love all men today as it is that each day you learn to love one more human being. If each day or each week you achieve an understanding of one more of your fellows, and if this is the limit of your ability, then you are certainly socializing and truly spiritualizing your personality. Love is infectious, and when human devotion is intelligent and wise, love is more catching than hate. But only genuine and unselfish love is truly contagious. If each mortal could only become a focus of dynamic affection, this benign virus of love would soon pervade the sentimental emotion-stream of humanity to such an extent that all civilization would be encompassed by love, and that would be the realization of the brotherhood of man.

(From: Goethe)
We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-130 Section-6)
Set your mind at work to solve its problems; teach your intellect to work for you; refuse longer to be dominated by fear like an unthinking animal. Your mind should be your courageous ally in the solution of your life problems rather than your being, as you have been, its abject fear-slave and the bond-servant of depression and defeat. But most valuable of all, your potential of real achievement is the spirit which lives within you, and which will stimulate and inspire your mind to control itself and activate the body if you will release it from the fetters of fear and thus enable your spiritual nature to begin your deliverance from the evils of inaction by the power-presence of living faith. And then, forthwith, will this faith vanquish fear of men by the compelling presence of that new and all-dominating love of your fellows which will so soon fill your soul to overflowing because of the consciousness which has been born in your heart that you are a child of God.

(From: Confucius)
The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.

(From: The Beatles)
All you need is Love,
Love is All you need....

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The Sermon
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Today's Sermon is:

Love (verb).

Need I say More?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        It's ALL about Love, Isn't it? Yeah... I Thought so.

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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11-26-2000 Sunday Service of the Church Within #218
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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.

In the U.S. this last Thursday, we celebrated our traditional day of Thanksgiving. It is appropriate and good to contemplate and give Thanks for all of the things which have made life a little bit, or a Lot, better... for everything that makes life Valuable and worth Living. I gave Special thanks this year for God's Unconditional Love, for my Wife, my Son, my Family, and for All of You... for all the things I am Thankful for Every Day of the Year. Thank You God!

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Quotes
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(From: Melody Beattie)
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

(From: Ralph H. Blum)
There is a calmness to a life lived in Gratitude, a quiet joy.

(From: Joan Borysenko)
Because gratification of a desire leads to the temporary stilling of the mind and the experience of the peaceful, joyful Self it's no wonder that we get hooked on thinking that happiness comes from the satisfaction of desires. This is the meaning of the old adage, "Joy is not in things, it is in us."

(From: Sarah Ban Breathnach)
Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend... when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present -- love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure -- the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth.

(From: Northrup Christiane)
Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.

(From: Johannes A. Gaertner)
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.

(From: Terry Lynn Taylor)
Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for. The more we seek gratitude, the more reason the angels will give us for gratitude and joy to exist in our lives.

(From: Jean Shinoda Bolen)
I move through my day-to-day life with a sense of appreciation and gratitude that comes from knowing how fortunate I truly am and how unearned all that I am thankful for really is. To have this perspective in my everyday consciousness is in itself a gift, for it leads to feeling "graced," or blessed each time.

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The Sermon
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We have just entered my absolute favorite time of the year. I am not referring to the mad rush of the Christmas season. I actually abhor the commercial aspects of that holiday. In many places this week, Thanksgiving was celebrated. I don't think it is an accident that the two holidays are closely tied together. Of course, in the origins of the holiday, the date of Thanksgiving makes sense because of harvest time. But more importantly, I think the holiday can give us the opportunity to stop and take time to ponder on those things, people and events for which we are grateful. From that place of deep gratitude may come our desire to share that sense of gratitude by gifting those around us at Christmas. For those of you who live in places where this particular holiday is not celebrated, I think you can relate at least that at the core of its intent, Thanksgiving is meant to be a time for us to take time to reflect on those things for which we are grateful.

If you have the opportunity to see the current movie, “Pay It Forward” do so. It is quite a remarkable story of one way to express gratitude. Simply, the concept is when a kindness is shown to you, to “pay it forward,” to three other people around you. Exponentially, if you think about it, we could have the power to change the world by practicing this simple ritual. It's amazing to see the results in action. The concept of living from a place of gratitude and service is not a new one, but it is profound.

It is my annual tradition to spend quite a bit of extra time in prayer and meditation the week of Thanksgiving. This year was no exception. That practice has taken on new meaning for me as this week also marks my ordination anniversary with The Church Within (today, in fact). I focus my attention on those things in my life for which I am grateful. I spend most of the week focused on that theme as I find that my sense of gratitude continues to grow and I often find some unexpected surprises in the midst of that prayer.

This past year has been somewhat of a struggle for me. Last fall I developed an infection that was next to impossible to heal. Coinciding with that I developed a very severe and painful back problem. I have had some intense emotional events as well. Those things combined sent me on a healing journey. I started with pretty non-traditional methods. I utilize chiropractic care, homeopathy and acupuncture. None of those things worked. I resorted to very traditional medical methods. I consulted a neurosurgeon, a physician who specialized in pain control; I took antibiotics for the infection and pain medicine to relieve the pain. Those things didn't work either. In fact, I got progressively worse over the course of about six months. I was finally lead to one last practitioner who is alternative in his approach and finally I am on the road to recovery. In fact, he has been instrumental in a transformation of my life.

So this year as I was meditating on those things for which I am grateful, I had my usual list of people—family and friends who have touched my life in significant ways this year. The list was straightforward for the most part. There were a few places where I sensed some mixed blessing—people for whom I was grateful and with whom I had had some significant struggle this past year. Still, I was able to pray from a place of gratitude for those relationships. As a result of this last year, I have switched the focus of my business entirely. Also another mixed blessing as I make the transition and literally re-grow new referral sources and change the source of my income. Sometimes the things for which we are grateful have some good and some not so good elements to them. It was natural to find on my list, those people who had walked with me this last year: physicians, healers, spiritual folks who had prayed with me and for me, friends who had supported me and family.

The surprise to me though, came in the middle of the night on Thanksgiving morning. I awoke with the thought that what I was MOST grateful for was my pain.

Now if you have ever experienced any kind of debilitating pain even for a short period of time, it might be difficult for you to imagine being grateful for that pain. My first reaction was, “ you must be joking!” How can I possibly be grateful for the pain this last year has brought? I even fought with the whole idea for quite some time. I could think of all kinds of reasons NOT to be grateful. But, the message was QUITE clear. The thing for which you need to be most grateful this year is your pain. So, I sat with that. And the message was right. Without that pain, I would not have developed the relationships I have this year and I would not have deepened other relationships. Without the pain, it would have at least taken me much longer to discover my passion in my work. Without the pain, I would not have this deep sense of gratitude for every day I wake up in less pain or sometimes even in no pain. Without the pain, I would not have learned so deeply to depend on God as the source of life and healing.

So, what is it in your life this year that has opened your eyes and your heart to experience life in a different way? I am sure there are many good things in your life for which you are grateful. Take the time to examine those. Let those in your life for whom you are grateful, know it. Take those kindnesses bestowed on you and “pay it forward.” Perhaps more importantly. Look at those things, which have been a burden this year, for which you are not particularly grateful. Take a moment and walk around inside those things and see if maybe inside of them, there isn't a message of gratitude waiting to be discovered.

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The Prayer
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Loving Father and Mother,

You are the source and creator of all life. Bless us Lord, and all of the gifts you so graciously bestow on us. Help us to recognize your gifts in the small things of life, in the quiet moments and in those events in which it is difficult to be grateful.

God's love and abundant blessings to each of you,

Judy Girard,
Minister

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