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Meditation #1

Tenet #1

The events and circumstances surrounding the death of Jesus were brutal. Some would think that Jesus is the main character of this story and we had nothing to do with what occurred. How could we? We weren’t even conceived yet. The need for Jesus was present during the fall of man and woman – the need for restoration and redemption could only be given by the Savior, the Redeemer. The outcome became apparent at the cross in the midst of His pain of suffering, He felt so much for us and understood and pitted the despair of our nonsense and our violence as it was being inflicted. Some delighted in it as if it was a scene from a love story. Humanity was at its lowest. Collective consciousness was not at its best, was at an all-time low. At His moment of suffering, we became quite lost.

His Prayer, His Request was not for Himself, but for us when we lose our way and succumb to our lower self. It was the same then as it is today. It has collected no cob webs, and has no one name attached to it, and is always active. It reminds me of times when my parents just looked at me intently and didn’t utter a word when I knew I was wrong. The look was piercing but still had intended words.

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23 2:34 – NIV)

Could it be that in His love for us, He not only saw our brokenness, but He saw our greatness, and perhaps He saw our joy, our life, our laughter and He could see the beauty in us and the remorsefulness when we stray and he could hear our prayers and our praises and our laughter when we show delight.

When we look in the mirror, we don’t always look like a Mother, a Father, or siblings, but we resemble our Lord and our Savior first.

So when we look at others, though at times we must look well beyond the self, to really see, we do not see unless we see the God within. In seeing and knowing the God in others, we seek to be kind and loving and always "behold the Christ."

Prayer:

Thank you Father for giving me eyes to see the spirit in others and allow me to realize the greatness and potential in others, as I do for myself. Allow me never to take others life for granted and value their time, kind deeds, thoughts and words. How can I ask you to bless me, if I cannot do the same for them? So to all of my relatives, born and unborn, seen and unseen, I thank You Father for all of what, and all of who you have blessed the universe with. Allow us to remain humble, grow in wisdom and bask in the warmth of your spirit. And So It Is.

Affirmation:

To realize the greatness in my self is to respect the Creator, creation and others. It is in showing respect there is understanding of life for this is when life has a flow. It is this spirit that I bless life and when I bless life, I do not violate it as understanding allows me to see the many blankets the vision that we all share. And So It Is.


Meditation #2

Tenet #2

How can one say thanks? Sometimes this question is difficult to articulate. It is not always translated into words but need a fulfillment of actions. It’s an expression that comes from the soul. “Thank-you” – these words can be felt from the heart to a heart, but goes much further than that. The need to even say thank-you arises from a need that generates gratitude that at times can fill our cup so that we came become speechless and overwhelmed.

The story of the ten lepers (Luke 12: 11-18, NIV) observed Jesus from a distance asked Him in a loud voice to heal them. Jesus did and told them to go and show themselves to the priests. They did as told, but one leaper realized something.

Perhaps for him, it was a matter of common courtesy or just common sense. When he saw he was healed, perhaps revelation befell him. He had to go back and personally say Thanks. Maybe this man had more to think about. He was a Samaritan and wasn’t considered of equal status by society. What difference did it make if he had leprosy? He, however, was healed and Jesus did not care who he was. His condition gave him equality and his healing gave him freedom. He was grateful. His need was met. Jesus did not have to do this. He no longer had to hide out. He could return to his world unmarked as a leaper. Jesus made him whole. A load was lifted. Darkness was light. His words had to be more than words. They demanded the energy of life.

We can say thank-you on a daily by taking nothing or no one for granted. Even as we live, we must reach a point of realization that we cannot live alone; people in our lives serve a purpose, even when we think they are our enemies. They are placed in our lives to help lead us and guide us regardless of our agreements or disagreements.

The Universe is always active and always giving. When our days seem deem we will grow from them. This is why we say thanks. We are thankful because whatever there is because that which is can change.

Prayer:

Almighty Creator, we say thanks not because everything is perfect in our lives, but we do so because we are able to realize and dissect spiritually our ups and downs, our ins and outs and how things could be so much worse. Sometimes, we did nothing to deserve what we received, but your blessings of people, places, things, and amazing grace made such a difference. What can we say but Thanks? We ask that we learn to reciprocate our horn of plenty to the Universe with, out stretched arms and a non-judgmental heart. Teach us to be more loving, kinder and more understanding and more trusting of our universal siblings. And So It Is.

Affirmation:

We say thanks through our actions and allow the words to become secondary to our thoughts and deeds, knowing that God is always our Supreme and Transcendent Source of all who is and all that is and ever will be. And So It Is.


Meditation #3

Tenet #3

How Can This Be?

Listening is not always easy. Our minds are filled with clutter and often it is difficult to put things aside and quite them. It’s even more difficult to receive an answer supernaturally because our conscious mind seeks reasoning and we question things that seem out of the ordinary.

Listening is a priority because it transforms reasoning to a more transcendental state of mind. Questions often supersede our being and our mission in life until we surrender and allow that which ‘is’ – ‘to be’.

Listening becomes difficult because when quiet our mind we are to a submissive to a higher voice. We can be like Zacharias, who stood in the presence of the angel Gabriel, sent by God, as a messenger, (Luke 1:18 – 20). He heard what was being said, but his continuous questions became an indication that he did not listen to what was being said, There are limits even with questions – listening becomes introspective. It’s like drawing water from the well of our own minds, our own thoughts, our own decisions and when the answer comes and the will of our direction of life is made plain, we don’t draw from faith, but we resort to our consciousness and our egos and question the voice, until sometimes it is silenced or drowned by the water of our own well.

Zacharias had a divine intercession whereby he could have rejoiced and expressed gratitude, but instead he was filled with questions. As a result he could not spread the good news because he was left speechless until the birth of his son, John the Baptist

How often are we unable to give birth to life when we do not listen, we do not heard the divine within us – and in so doing we lose the light, the water of our own life and are silence until we learn to listen and hear.

Prayer:

Loving God, we ask that you grant us the humility and we need to learn to listen to You, and the Angels of the past and present, regardless of age or regardless who You have placed in our lives. Though what You say may seem different and out of tune with my life, let me realize, that the Universe is large and is filled with changes and that as God, You are not confined to a box, but a supernatural wonder out of a box, and for this I am grateful. And So It Is.

Affirmation:

I hear with my inner ear and listen to the Divine. I release myself from myself and then am allowed to see with my third eye. I listen, I hear, and I see. And So It Is.

Written By: Rev. Darlene


Meditation #4

Tenet #4

What About The Truth?

It’s pleasant to be flattered, especially compliments about our character, our looks or anything that places us at the center of it. We can feel good, regardless if we are the giver or receiver. Words may be used as lip service to keep waters at bay to disguise lies. In reality, truth is in the depth of these waters and lies are on the surface. Deception can be an act of talking with the use of eloquent words that seem convincing, but yet mean so little.

A delayed truth is only avoidance of the obvious to address apparent reality, blocking confrontation of reality and eradicating it, creating thorns of denial. It may take courage to be truthful and other times we must stand along in truth and be mindful of the presentation.

Truth is inevitable as the air we breathe and not a bed of nails awaiting someone’s demise. Truth and freedom are dancing partners – in life they are always in concert – freedom cannot exist without truth. No matter how difficult truth is, the core is still a sweet necessity. Could this be why God told Ezekiel to eat the scroll (Ezekiel 3: 1-4) - the words of truth preparing him to prophesy to the fallen Israelites? God knew who this prophet had to confront. They wanted their way and did not want to change. Truth was an unwelcome change, compromise and conformity of their lifestyle.

Ezekiel had to eat the truth, learn the truth and know the truth and digest the truth before he could deliver it to his subjects. Truth is not a punitive. Our perception to direction and the execution of our own misguided will punishes us. Without truth we invade the light of ourselves with darkness. Truth is God’s way of lifting us up and delivering us from ignorance to a higher consciousness. It’s God’s way of giving us insight and revelation that becomes crucial to decisions we must make and challenges we must confront. It provides the faith and the courage we need to cross the rivers of life without drowning. Without truth, where is the preparation of life and where is the scroll?

Prayer:

Almighty and Loving God, it is so easy to want to hear, what we want to hear, because ego is such a hunger mind, but in the midst of this we relinquish our thoughts and our will to be true, live truth and seek truth, so that you can shape and mold our lives to see clearly and be profound as your surrendered servant. And So It Is.

Affirmation:

Truth grooms me for life, consequences and circumstances and results. As I live and reside the truth of the universe would have it, there is no need to be apologetic – for truth – as is – stands along as it is. And So It Is.

Written By: Rev. Darlene