Seven Abominations

This morning, I am going to discuss the seven abominations that are counter to the Ways of the Lord, or the Laws of God, as listed in Proverbs 6:16-19.

Deep in the soul of every human being is the desire — the need — to become fully aligned with the Law and Order of God, as one with his Divine Plan of Goodness and Abundance.  It is this lack of attunement that begets dis-ease, the feeling of discontent, incompleteness, that there is something more.  The spiritual soul sees this need evidenced in the hustle and bustle of today’s world, the extremes to which people will go to be stimulated, to get their own way, the idea that progress can only come through constant activity.  Yet, mankind has at its fingertips the way of righteous living, indeed, we live and move and have our being in the Order of God — His Truth.  If we had no written word, observance of the visible world, obedience to decency, kindness and givingness and the quietude to recognize divine hunches would lead us to the kingdom of heavenly existence.

I quote from Proverbs: “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him.”

“A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

“An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

“A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

Seven Abominations

Well, those sound simple enough to understand, but as we examine them in detail, we find there are aspects and nuances that may reveal to us that we have not quite cleansed ourselves of all resistances to God’s Perfect Law.

“A proud look”, or haughty eyes, as my Bible clarifies: There is more to this than meets the eye at first reading.  If our eye be focused on our own ambitions and achievements and the recognition thereof by others, then we have a proud look, a desire for adulation, a longing to feel important.  Jesus reminded: “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single (on God, in Good), thy whole body shall be full of light.” Our purpose of being is to serve God, be one with Him, be His hands and feet to bring forth (express) His Kingdom wherever we are, period.

Until we have fully unfolded our Christ nature, the human part of us does need encouragement; we all are grateful for appreciation of our efforts, and we have “haughty eyes” if we cannot easily pat our fellow man on the back, calm apprehensions he may be harboring as to his worthiness.  This is not being insincere; there is always something to praise when sincere effort is made.

As we make our happy way toward mastery, we’d do well to remind ourselves that though we be joyous at the progress we have made, there are yet those great Ones that have experienced beyond where we are.  We know more than some and less than some.  What is vital is how well we live in the Father’s image and likeness each moment, right where we are.  Two spiritual axioms to remember: “He who is truly loving can be bold,” and “No soul shall ever attain mastery until his tongue has lost the power to wound…” which leads us to the second abomination.

“A lying tongue”, There are obvious prevaricators and there are subtle ones.  God spoke the Word and worlds came into being.  Patterned after His Holy Likeness, how careful we must be in what we speak or infer.  Thoughts are unspoken words and will eventually reveal themselves through our attitudes or actions.  I give you a point to ponder: I may say of another that he is expressing a certain undesirable habit, and I am truthful if I report it accurately; however, if I imply that the individual is a hopeless case and always behaves in that manner, I am untruthful in failing to recognize the possibility of the marked change that will assuredly, one day, take place in his endless eternal life and that there are times, even now, that he resists the temptation so to act.

I shall be brief about little white lies.  A lie is a lie is a lie, as is any misleading of another.  The soul who is scrupulously honest, accurate (neither exaggerating nor understating), and upfront sleeps peaceably and does not eat the bread of sorrows.  Misleading always ends in distrust, and will be found out in the end.

“Hands that shed innocent blood…” Hands are symbolic of our power to do, and blood is the carrier of the life force throughout the body.  This abomination speaks of our responsibility to use our powers in a protective and compassionate manner in dealing with our fellow man.  It does not say that we should not hold miscreants accountable, but that as we do so we are aware of their need to know of their divine potential, be treated decently as a child of God.  The Seed of God that gives all life is innocent of wrong-doing and we do not want to be guilty of denying that inner promise even as personalities are punished by their sins.

To shed the life blood or energy of hope in a person — to put him down — is a breach of the law of love. And in reality, reveals to the wise the insecurity of the perpetrator.  There is a lot of rubbing one another the wrong way as we humans all try to fit on this globe of Earth and fulfil our needs and desires, so there is work for each of us to generate peace, harmony, forgiveness and helpfulness.

The fourth grave error is “possesses a heart that devises wicked imaginations…”  Any true seeker on the Path will discipline what he puts in his mind- be clean and pure in choosing what he reads or listens to, etc.  As well as those with whom he keeps company.  There is a subtler form of wicked imaginings which begs mention.  It is the picturing of oneself as a victim, creating colorful scenarios of unhappy things other might be thinking of us, exaggerating misspoken words as having more malice than was probably intended.  Even when we become recipients of slighting remarks, we have the choice to refrain from responding on that level; the old saw “stick and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me” is, in reality, true.  Imagine yourself, and be, a divine being and no one and no thing can deter your right expression and place in life.  The Law of God is exact: everyone reaps what he sows, good or not-so-good, to the last jot and tittle.

We are to guard against “feet that be swift in running to mischief…”

As teenagers, we can all remember knowing at least one “life of the party” type of person – there’s always one in any group of any size.  They are fun-loving, often witty, charming and usually available, for they lack purpose and the wisdom of looking before they leap.  They are gung ho to go…!  They make fun dates but often poor marriage partners.

We are meant to learn and grow- mature- that we may express the fullness of our true divine nature.  The foundation for success in this world, and any other, is to know and practice the Way of God, realize our Christ Sonship.  Understanding His Order of the Universe leads to the abundant joyous life.

In the spiritual life, we gain most by hastening slowly, perfecting each level to build higher and higher, broader and broader.  We need to lead orderly lives and make balanced effort to keep larger order in the world, but the permanent eternal work is done in the temporal; the only assurance of rightful changes and progress is through time and inspired hearts leading the way.

Woe unto “a false witness that speaketh lies…”  A lying tongue was the second listed abomination; this sixth is a false witness that speaketh lies.

It takes spiritual confidence to speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, a deep and abiding sense of one’s own personal worth.  The success of someone else, their ill-behavior, whether or not they agree or disagree with my viewpoint, does not take away my inner source of abundant good, nor the fact that I am an eternal being, destined to experience glories not yet imagined.

I share with you a charming thought:

“Why is a windshield so large and the rearview mirror so small?

“So we can look ahead and move on”

We hear gossip, political accusations are spinning beyond belief every day; people are amusing, interesting and irritating, so the temptation is great to speak our piece or pass on what someone else has said.  It is God-given to be able to communicate and engage in lively conversation. The soul who will be listened to and revered in the end, is the one whose words are refined by passing through the gate of integrity and selflessness.

The final grave error is to be “he that soweth discord among brethren…”, Our Savior declared this of the attributes of divine being: “Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.”  A true peacemaker is “strong in the LORD and the power of His might,” for peacemaking does not mean capitulation to wrong doing, but the radiating of love and good will in establishing a higher and better order through calmness, the serenity of standing in the holy place of righteousness.  It requires steady strength and an awareness of who we really are- Lords of the heavens and earth.

Nobody likes a trouble maker, for they cannot be trusted…The world is greatly conflicted now; how we need those of “a soft answer that turneth away wrath!”

This political season has been so soul-wearying for all of us who take our voting privileges seriously.  Why?  The difference in the two presidential candidates are very distinct, so the choice should not be that difficult; it is the endless spinning, haranguing and tearing down that is so wearing.  Every human being deserves to be treated truthfully…

Jesus warned of the difficulties to be faced in times like these, in the cyclic changes of reaping and sowing, moving through the overlapping and interacting energies of a passing age and the vibratory radiations of a new age dispensation.  He said, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, that shall show great signs and wonders, in so much that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

Isn’t it encouraging that the elect of the Christ- those that strive with all their being to live The Way, The Truth and The Life- shall see behind smoke screens, recognize how God’s right and pure principles apply to all matters of the earth?

Autumn gives us a particularly dramatic display of the changing cycles of nature.  The chemical processes responding to the lessening hours of sunlight, which results in the brilliant coloration of leaves before they drop, provide an interesting thought to ponder concerning our own cycles of growth.  As we practice the unfolding of divine virtues in ourselves, go through the sowing of righteousness (spring cycle), weed and water, till and tend (summer cycle), master the desired attribute (reap in autumn), I picture a wondrous flame of color and brilliance in the aura of our being as it celebrates the victory; the beautiful leaves of Fall glow and so do we!   It is the soul’s great rejoicing as our newly developed power of goodness must, in the winter cycle, set to work preparing the soil of our awareness to plant a richer and more abundant crop of blessings of a new Spring cycle-  a higher level of living.

Sound, number and color produce form.  As we say in the metaphysical movement, “Thoughts are things” — the unspoken or spoken word creates!  Thus, we easily may see how vital it is that we conquer all aspects of those activities that are an abomination, or opposed, to the Loving Law and Order of God.  If we do not, we generate chaos for ourselves, others, the world systems and this living, giving planet on which we dwell.  Sound (the word), according to the note (or number) of vibrations, produce color; by the interaction of these three is form created.
It is awesome and humbling to realize the power our Heavenly Father has entrusted to us.  In praise and appreciation, let us willingly heed the Word and Way of God, every day, seek with all heart, mind and soul to eradicate our short-comings and intensify all goodness, within and without.

Blessings Shall Overtake Thee

Welcome to this special day of thanks wherein we praise God for this fellowship, this church and this work, count the miracles of living experienced individually and collectively in this year that is coming to a close.

The words of this title are found in the Biblical book of Deuteronomy wherein the LORD God outlined His covenant with Israel. That solemn agreement is with you and me, for we are all Israelites in scriptural symbology; the nation of Israel, in its highest significance, represents spiritual consciousness, the Holy Land of divine awareness. The meaning of the name “Israel” is “contender for God: striving for God; who prevails with God; a prince with God; dominion with God; rulership with God.” Should we not be happy to number ourselves as members of that special community?

Times of revolutionary and evolutionary change do bring forth those of great foresight, ordered mind, who perceive the heart of matters and are able to clarify confusions, keep the vision of a redeeming way.

Our world and this planet can relate to the words of Thomas Paine, so influential in the shaping of our nation, when he uttered his famous words, “These are times that try men’s souls”... This great American patriot was speaking of the difficulty of establishing a nation truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. Today, they apply worldwide and have always expressed the “two steps forward and one back” progression on the personal path to spiritual perfection. How vital it is for every soul to know and prove the glorious promises of the Word of God, to have those truths written in the heart that it cannot tremble or fail in the tribulations that affect us all on this learning place of the planet earth.

Thomas Paine was of the universal nature. It was said of him that he was “English by birth, a French citizen by decree, and American by adoption.”

I share with you the first six verses of Deuteronomy, Chapter 28, declaring the blessings provided for those who seek communion with God and His righteousness: “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD God, to observe and to do all His commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

“Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine (calves), and the flocks of thy sheep.

“Blessed shalt thou be thy basket and thy store.

“Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.”

Two verses stand out: One, “And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee…” No need to beg, force, or fret, — good will overflow, immerse us, when we abide in the spiritual nature –be selfless, pure, and humble in thought, word, and deed, when we stay attuned.

Secondly, “Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.” No matter what be the circumstances of our birth, or coming in, or our going out, transition to the next realm or dimension, our way shall be blessed, the caring of our Father-Mother God and divine helpers shall attend us. From birth to rebirth and all that transpires in between, we shall not be left comfortless.

Wonders never cease, miracles happen at a stunning rate if we but have eyes to see, and ears to hear. Two mind-stretching happenings have been brought to my attention recently: On Wednesday, November 12th, a European spacecraft landed on the surface of a speeding comet, with a bounce, after traveling 4 billion miles and a decade-long journey. What a voyage for a craft only the size of a washing machine! But something even more meaningful to us has been slowly revealing itself to scientists, bit by bit although partially understood by metaphysicians for over a century, masters and mystics much longer, and fully grasped and utilized by the Christed Savior, Jesus.

In 1938, The Science of Mind, written by Ernest Holmes, was published and contained this paragraph: “We all look forward to the day when science and religion shall walk hand in hand through the visible to the invisible.”

I well remember when humanity was amazed at the tremendous power packed in the smallness of the atom, a half million of which “lined up shoulder to shoulder could hide behind a human hair.” Dissection by dissection, particles got smaller and smaller and began behaving contrary to established scientific principles as well as causing some noted scientists to lament the findings lest it throw many of their theories out the window. They had to enlarge their thinking but found that the puzzle of creation did fit together.

Dr. Deepak Chopra describes the realm of these quantum or almost invisible particles as “the transitional place between Spirit …and the material world.” That’s where the Power and Wisdom that undergirds and permeates the universe moves into physical manifestation.

Blessings, indeed, shall overtake mankind… Scientists actually entered the quantum world, where thoughts became things, by accident. As they probed deeper to find elementary particles, they found it almost unbelievable that the sub-atomic particles seemed to know what the observer wanted them to do and did it. If the investigator was expecting a particular activity, that is what he got. If he changed his mind, the particles would respond to the new idea or expectation. Scientists had entered a dimension they could not measure and obtain consistent results, define it with any certainty. In other words, the world of divine potentiality. Our Savior did not speak lightly when He declared, “With God, all things are possible.”

Jesus said, “… as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.” We all came into being through processings of sub-atomic particles obeying the ideations of the Creator. We are His Children, in His image and likeness, destined to create personal worlds, as we are now doing, and capable of doing much, much more as awareness of already existing greater dimensions unfold their secrets.

Our Savior Wayshower Jesus easily traversed from one realm to another; He, Elijah and Enoch ascended or translated; Revelation speaks of a new heaven and a new earth, an evolvement when “God shall wipe away all tears from (human) eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

Spiritually-attuned seekers have achieved a high connection through the mind, and are approaching the conscious knowing of where and how the spiritual and material merge. When we experience that ultimate illumined place, we shall fulfill the Savior’s promise, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do…”

God’s creation, His Universe, is a universe envisioned by love, governed by perfect laws; our divine authority springs from understanding, obeying, and being that which is very good. Our dominant desires, attitudes, and thought patterns turn into the .things of life. We determine our level of living, and when we realize this, we are ready to receive the blessings that want to overtake us, to allow the heavenly to flow through us, to add our unique gift of holy expression to the stream of goodness to further disseminate truth and light upon the earth.

We are children of the Universe, connected in every aspect of being through the cells of our physical bodies, our thoughts, our feelings, our heart desires, the spark of God within that gives each of us life. We cannot express anything –even just breath — but what we create a causes ripple that reverberates in countless ways to affect the workings of creation.

Can you not see why we must truly perfect love before we can attune to and use spiritual laws of the highest and most powerful authority? We are charged to forgive and bless, think and revere purity that we cannot exploit.

Scientists must now join the mystics, prophets, the Savior, in proclaiming that thoughts become things, activated from the realm of the Spirit down to the visible physical.

Think of the miracles of healing possible when we can let go of fear, truly believe and trust that mind can remake our world and discipline ourselves to love and expect the blessings promised to overtake us. What a treasure we have to share!

And now, I am issuing you an invitation to share in a group effort to just believe that ways and means to take care of several very needed improvements in this, our beloved little church are already forthcoming. It has served, without interruption, for ninety-three years. I am simply asking each of you to see, in your mind’s eye, and feel in your heart, its beauty and beautification, envision it from a new perspective as a spiritual sanctuary rather than a material structure.

Let us not think of shabby spots, but enjoy its special characteristics. I marvel at the durability of the paint in this sanctuary and the evidence of its architecture that it was built by ordinary but loving hands that sought to provide a home for seeking pilgrims.

Thoughts are things; enthusiasm and expectation intensify the action of Spirit to manifest in the physical. As we willingly tend to the small things, we are laying the foundation for rulership over larger matters.

The calls and distractions of the world make it difficult, at times, to keep our priorities straight. I love the story a minister tells on herself. When new in the field, a seasoned minister dropped by and asked how her day was going. She replied, “I am so frustrated. I have a newsletter to work on, my sermon to write, and all these other things to do — but people keep calling with all these interruptions.” The senior minister just looked at her and quietly said, “The interruptions are your ministry. The rest is just paperwork.”

In closing, please bow your heads: “Dear Father, We thank you for life, for one another, for all the wonders you have given, your love, your protection, your guidance, and sing with joy for what lies ahead.”

Amen

Life is a Gift to be Received and Given Again

Mar 24, 1996
Mar 14, 2010

The title of my message, this morning, is "Life in Gift to be Received and Given Again." We are approaching the day of celebration of the supreme victory of resurrection experienced by the greatest One who ever lived, the Saviour of the world, Christ Jesus. He, our wayshower, received the gift of life from our Heavenly Father, as have you and I. Look what He did with His gift! At some point, the soul Jesus realized that His nature had to be of the Father, so He began emulating the Father, finding that the more like Him He became , loving, generous, giving, the more abundant did life give back to Him. There is a saying, "You can’t outgive God"–the more we give of ourselves, our time to Him, share our goods to bless others, the more of all good things does the Father pour into our lives.

How blessed are we to receive the touch of the Master’s Garment, the impress He made as He walked on earth, the radiation of love and caring. He now sends without ceasing, and will, until it is fulfilled, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me." How glad must be our hearts, this Lenten Season, that the being Jesus knew that life from God is to be received in fullness, joy and glory, and given again in the same measure that God’s Goodness be established in all of Creation, that all of His children desire to use their free will to be one with Him, enter into the flow of abundant life. Those who have unfolded the Christ nature in themselves cannot be anything but happy givers — they are so joyous in discovering their own true victorious nature that they want everyone else to find it, too, share in the wondrous realization that the world can be made bright and right and beautiful when more and more souls know their Christ potential, and live in their God nature.

Masters and saints and heavenly beings hold back nothing in their giving — there are no "untouchables" in their ministrations. The Saviour assured us that every soul is precious to the Father, worthy of leading to the Light. Jesus concluded the parable of the ninety and nine sheep being left in the wilderness while the shepherd sought out the one lost, by saying, "I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repented more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance."

The nature of divine and true love is to give freely; love is not love without sharing…think about that…Jesus, who is one with the Father is love, received life in Himself fully and gave it to us that we might once again be made whole, or holy.

The Apostle Paul was not a follower of Jesus when He walked the earth, and, as Saul, violently apposed His disciples in their work of spreading the gospel, or good news. Yet, it only took one encounter with the risen Jesus to completely change Paul’s nature, make of him the foremost interpreter of the Saviour’s word. Oh. Let us never be discouraged by sickness, short comings in ourselves, any lack in our world; remember what the Divine Touch did to Paul!

Paul preached to the Romans, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers ,nor things present, nor things to come.
"Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Quite a revelation from a learned religionist! Paul was a student of the famed Pharisee philosopher, Gamaliel; although a self-righteous intellectual in his earlier days, Paul possessed one quality which enabled him to receive enlightenment when intercepted by the Master Paul loved the Word of God, and was sincere in his seeking and worship. There he was, on the road to Damascus, breathing out threatenings and slaughter to round-up the followers of Jesus, bind them, and bring them back to Jerusalem; "And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus; and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

"And he fell to earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?
"And he said, "Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

How loving is the Saviour and the personal Christ of each of us! To a would-be slayer, "…it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks…" Why are you, doing this, hurting yourself and others? How potent is the power of perfect love that does not contend, but speaks the truth, unfailingly and unfalteringly, but with compassion!…All error bows before it…what a blessing for Paul that he was stopped in his tracks, that he would shortly come to realize that he could be a rightful conqueror of life through the Christ that loves that nothing can separate us from the love of God, who delivers us through the nature of the Christ Son revealed in ourselves!

Let us affirm these saving words when challenged in any way: "Nothing can separate me from the love and deliverance of God."

Jesus cam as the Saviour to show us what is required to bring forth the full nature of the Christ in ourselves. Every event, as well as His teachings, demonstrate the steps we must all take.

So what of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion? Must we endure this also? Yes, in a symbolic way, for it teaches us of the final victory of the resurrected Christ over the limitations we put on ourselves in believing the self of flesh and mortality are all that we are. For the final emergence of the fullness of the Christ in ourselves, we must crucify, or cross out, the hampering personality ego that the Christ individuality can reign supreme. And do all the things belonging to the selfishness and 5-sense oriented human nature ever fight this new being we are becoming! But only the mortal can be killed _all that is one with the father remains. Jesus’ seeming mortal body was, of course, perfect and one with His eternal Christ Self; He endured then temporary crucifixion of it to prove that when all mortal beliefs and desires are relinguished, our whole being is resurrected and we are really lords of heaven. His apparent physical body was, in reality, a body of Light.

Scripture records, of Jesus’ trial: "And the whole multitude of them (who sought to detroy him) arose, and led Him unto Pilate (the procurator of Judea).
"And they began to accuse Him, saying, we found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ a King.
"And Pilate, late asked Him, saying, Art thou King of the Jews? And He answered him and said, Thou sayest it.
"Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man."

Those people who do not wish to see the light of truth are persistent; likewise, in ourselves, our unwise habits an ego-pleasing beliefs do not give way easily.

When Pilate heard mention of Galilean; told that he was Pilate knew this matter was of Herod’s jurisdiction an sent Jesus to Herod, who happened to be in Jerusalem.
"And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad: for he was desirous to see Him of a long season (or time), because he had heard many things of Him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by Him.
"Then he questioned with Him in many worlds; but (Jesus) answered (Herod) nothing.
After Herod and his men of war mocked Jesus, they sent Him back to Pilate arrayed in a gorgeous robe. But a strange thing happened; Herod had sought to see a miracle and one occurred. Pilate and Herod had been enemies, but that day, they were made friends! Jesus said not a word to accomplish this; He just stood before each of them and radiated love! Pilate and Herod found nothing worthy of death in the actions of Jesus, but the resistant people cried, "Crucify Him!, crucify Him…"

The mortal mentality knows only limitation and destruction; then Immortal Christ Self, knows only resurrection, everlasting abundant life. Cross out the old, arise in the new. Think of the lesson in Jesus’ trial; He didn’t resist the evil and try to defend Himself with words, knowing that the unenlightened have no desire to hear the truth, but rather He let the Perfect Love in Himself do the work, Pilate and Herod responded to the point that they released the enmity between them… Jesus calmly and courageously demonstrated outwardly the necessary giving up of the lesser self that the higher can manifest its awesome power and authority. Oh! How gloriously did he prove, ":The truth shall make you free!" Free from fear, from bondage within and without; free from death.!

In this message, I have spoken of just three individuals who felt the tremendous love radiating from the Christed Saviour, Jesus. Paul went forth to become one of the greatest apostles __revered; and whose writings are cherished by millions today, centuries and centuries later. Pilate and Herod were furthered in their soul walk, for we cannot forgive and not be bettered. Jesus proved the effectiveness of divine love that is patient, kind, does not behave itself unseemly, thinks no evil seeks not for itself, rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth, believes and hopes all good things, never fails to heal and make whole.

Life is a gift to be received and given again __ lived to the fullest, lovely, loving, uplifting, glorifying God by showing the abundant good He gives to His children.

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, and the works of my hands, be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD, my strength and My Redeemer."

Jesus is the Living Word __ He preached His Sermon of Life every moment of every day by just being perfect as our Father in heaving is perfect.

Harry Emerson Fosdick said it well: "Vital religion is like good music. It needs no defense, only rendition. A wrangling controversy in support of religion is as if the members of an orchestra should beat folks over the head with their violins to prove that music is beautiful."

Life is beautiful and abundant as our Heavenly Father envisions it for us. He loved us enough to give us free will, the privilege of choosing from myriad ways to express our life energy. And when humanity strayed off the good path, He sent His Christed Son Jesus to lead us back. We cannot fail, in any way, when we resolve to give back to life the untold blessings we have already received.

Affirmative Meditation on Psalm 121

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help."

I envision the majesty of our earth’s mountains, their lovely trees, some snow-capped, and I give thanks to the creator who made them, His strength so out pictured drawing my attention above the imbalances of man’s world, lifting my spirit to the higher and finer and more expressions of life.

"My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth."

I seek to ever joyously obey the LORD, or Law and Order of God, for it is established through love and for my wellbeing.

"He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that heepeth thee will not slumber.
"Behold,He that heepeth (those who seek Him) shall neither slumber nor sleep."

My love of the Father, desire to know Him, and my faith in His Word keep me in sweet peace, my feet (or understanding) unmoved by any temptations or tribulations.

"The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD (will protect you with His right hand)"

I live harmoniously in the Order of God and the righteous power of that balance guides and protests me inj all ways. I rejoice and rest in this caring.

"The sun shall not smite theee by day, nor the moon by night."

The revealed Light of Truth shall not overwhelm me nor the reflected light of human reasoning or emotion unsettle me. I am kept pointed in divine perfection

"The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve they soul.
"The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore."
I am always free in that fair and lovely world of God as I go in and out of this earth experience, pass from one realm to another. For this I praise and give thanks every day.

And so it is.

Bring into our circle of love those whom you especially wish to bless this morning.

In All Things Give Thanks

Once again, the national holiday of Thanksgiving is in the offing, a time for both celebrating and sober reflection. It is awe-inspiring to think of all that has transpired in this country since the first solemn observation of a day of thanksgiving, in 1620, by settlers in what is now the State of Virginia. In just 390 years, an undeveloped continent provided the resources for courageous and visionary peoples to form a might nation that put a man on the moon! And yet, wonder of wonders, scripture declared that it has not entered the mind of man the things even that God has prepared for His Children to do and enjoy. How can we not be filled with praise and gratefulness as we ponder these progressions and promises?

I have titled this message “In All Things Give Thanks”, an exhortation of the Apostle Paul in his first letter to the faithful in Thessalonica.

It requires steadfast discipline to truly give thanks in all things – in the hard places especially. Yoked with this instruction of Paul is our Savior’s command to “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you…”

The hang-up in our human reasoning and the difficulty in really doing what Jesus asked of us, is that it seems we are tolerating injustice, letting the crooked ones go free. Not so, at all! To pray and release all vengeance also releases the power the perpetrator has over our thoughts and feelings, clearing a channel for Heavenly inspirations of guidance which will bring about the highest solution possible. As we pray for enlightenment of wrongdoers, we are also praying to be shown our own lack of understanding that was a factor in creating the problem in which leads to a particular virtue I wish to emphasize, one which produces deep humbleness and appreciation when we truly allow it to be established in our being. That wondrous attribute is righteous judgment.

These times of worldwide tribulation starkly reveal the urgent need for humankind to seek divine direction, to return to the Path of Holiness-wholeness- that is the only salvation. The way out of this wilderness of sin, sickness, and death is already prepared – why are we not filled with joy, every day, that this is so? For the wise ones who do seek, little by little, the Light of God glows brighter, the burdens of life, lighter, and their hearts begin to expand with peace and love, and they find themselves praising and saying, “thank you”, many times a day. I am reminded of my grandson, Caleb, when he was ten and had arrived at a familiar campground here in Idaho, coming from Kansas for their annual summer vacation. He jumped out of his dad’s pickup and fairly shouted, “I’m so happy to be here I could jump up and down!” Well, our Heavenly Father wants us all to feel that childlike exuberance for life!

In our quest to “in all things give thanks”, let us first give gratitude for the promised potentiality that Paul spoke of to the Philippians: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” In this state of being, our every decision would be aligned with divine purpose, would bring us peace and satisfaction, the bliss of knowing we were blessing and uplifting others and the world. With the Christ Mind in charge, we shall find it natural to fulfill the commandment of our Savior Warpower Jesus: “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” I share with you a family experience concerning this spiritual instruction:

Several weeks ago, my sister and I at tended a memorial service for the second husband of a cousin of ours. This cousin had been left high and dry by her first husband, with their three children to raise by herself. She was devastated and went through a terribly bleak time, both emotionally and financially. Her husband was a CPA, so could have eased the adjustment for her and his children, but chose to shift the burden to her parents, who were of average means and retired.

At the service, she and her children gave eulogies for the second husband and she revealed quite an amusing aspect of their getting together.

As I said earlier, the first husband was not supportive during the breakup and she was really scrambling for the means to meet necessary expenses. Our cousin was a dental technician, but with a toddler and distraught other two children, it was not possible to work full-time even if a position were open. So, for a temporary job, she took in laundry for individuals and a restaurant that used high-quality napery.

Into this picture came an ex-Army man, World War II veteran, heavily bearded, smoking a smelly green cigar, and a heavy drinker to boot, with dirty clothes that needed to be done regularly.

Our cousin is a very devout, fundamentalist Christian and felt very keenly that children need both the father and mother influence. She longed for this for the children and herself, realizing what a privilege and responsibility parenthood is in the Divine Plan, and prayed that, if it be God’s Will, there would be someone to grace her life.

Well, Ed kept coming in with his laundry, they would chat a bit, and she found him quite interesting and sensed the same feeling in him toward her. So, one night she had a conversation with God, and said, “Dear Lord, this can’t be the one you sent – this bearded, cigar-smoking tippler!” No immediate answer…

Shortly thereafter, one Wednesday evening as Ed[s picking up his laundry was taking longer and longer, our cousin was due for services at her church. She finally told Ed she had to leave but that he was welcome to go with her. He did, and that night he answered the altar call. Our cousin sensed that he wanted to please her, but it was sincere enough to start the process of redemption. Later, he told her that when he went home that Wednesday night, he got down on his knees and asked the Lord to take over his life. That was when the true conversion came; he got up, tossed all his cigars in the fireplace, threw any liquor bottles in the trash can and was never tempted again and his beard disappeared shortly after he and my cousin began dating. She concluded her eulogy: “He was the best thing that ever happened in my life.” He adopted her three children; they had a daughter, and were married over forty years. He became a pillar in their church, ministering in a low-key way, for he was a quiet man. He shared the gospel with six Bible verses that he treasured, simply saying, “This will solve your problem.”

Our cousin’s oldest child, a son, bore the brunt of the hardships of the family breakup with his mother, and lost his way for a long, long time, causing a good deal of grief to her and his step-father, and his own two children. They kept praying and being there for him, and in his late thirties managed to kick his drug habit and become a certified electrician. He presented the most touching eulogy, saying, “Ed was the best thing that ever happened to our family.”

In all things give thanks…Our Bible speaks of thanks or thanksgiving well over a hundred times and in the last year of His earthly ministry, taught, through the following healing episode, the necessity of continual appreciation if we are to attain and maintain wholeness in mind, body and affairs, I quote: “And it came to pass, as He (Jesus) went to Jerusalem, that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
“And as He entered into a certain village, there met Him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
“And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us”
“And when He saw them, He said, unto them, Go (show) yourselves unto the priest’s. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
“And fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks and he was a Samaritan.
“And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
“There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
“ And He said unto him, Arise, go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole”

Thankfulness quickens and strengthens our faith because it opens our eyes to all the holy activity that is going on around us every moment of every day, how often the Hand of God works in our behalf and we fail to recognize it. Why do even the most earnest of seekers miss the mark in this regard at times? It is because solutions or answers do not come in the way they expect or humanly desire. The capacity to praise and let go, to listen to the still, small voice is a most precious attainment, a huge step on the Path to Perfection that Jesus taught and demonstrated.

Simpler societies often seem to grasp this aspect of attunement with the divine natural sources more readily because they do not intellectualize nor question as much as the more intricately organized cultures. Marlo Morgan, who lived with the Aborigines of Australia and wrote the book, “Mutant Message Down Under”, tells of an experience about a group of Aborigines floating on a raft near the Coastline of the ocean. Once she made contact with them, she asked why they didn’t use paddles to help guide and move the raft in the direction they were headed. They said, “If we used paddles, we might end up somewhere other than where we’re supposed to be going.” They knew the raft would take them to where they needed to go. They trusted the Universal flow of life.

Won’t it be truly wonderful when our faith reaches that kind of steadfastness? When we can live in a sea of thankfulness and surety that our way is guided and guarded, that loving unseen forces ever surround us?

In another way, scripture reinforces the need to be grateful and gracious: the Apostle Paul charges the faithful converts in Rome, “…bless, and curse not.” Lamenting and resisting life’s challenges, castigating those who make our lives more difficult, causes disease in our bodies, unsettles the mind so that our thinking is often emotional and unbalanced, and there is no peace in the soul and spirit. Very few have risen above the need to work on their responses to this very confused and disorderly world. The beautiful wonder of God is that the more we seek to see His Order underlying all creation and align with it, the easier it is to unfold it in our own being, to uplift our little corner of creation. Good multiplies good in miraculous ways!

W.G. Cameron gives us an insightful thought on thanksgiving. He writes: “It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast.” (unquote)

I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving Day!