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Meditation #5

Tenet #5

The way we respond to the voice of God determines how we express our ego. When one surrenders without question it reflects a great deal of trust and humility as we relinquish the ‘I’ of self and respond to our inner being – our inner self. It can be quite an experience filled with question and with doubt and promise. The ego can be invasive of the spiritual self, thus creating conflict whereby we shot bows and arrows with our thoughts. The voice that speaks to us can be easily dismissed when we assume to drive a car without permission.

Doing is not always a matter of question, but it is an acknowledgment of purpose of a will. Is God’s will separate from ours or is it the same? Can we always see it and can we always understand it? Can this be why faith and trust will provide vision and reliability? As small children, we cannot always see the way but must learn to rely on our caretakers. Sometimes things we must do, we don’t want to do, and they may not make sense. When we reside in our ego, we can only see what ego only allows us to see and believe. We can become self -righteous and lack understanding.

Could this be what happened to Jonah, (Jonah 4:1-9), who was resistant to a mission? He refused to use his gift and seemed to forget who was really in charge. Can ego be a tool of deception? His underlying thought could easily be conceived as, “Lord, you are not going to do anything to these wicked people. You will only make me seem like a wimp. I will be embarrassed. I don’t even like them. Why should I waste my time? As far as I am concerned, they deserve what they get.”

How can we think clearly when we only hear our voice? How can we clearly think when we lack objectivity? Can it be possible that sometimes we elevate ourselves, our feeling, our will and treat God as a second class citizen? Purpose becomes secondary.

God being God and in His mercy never leaves us as we do Him, but through His love confronts and restores us to ourselves and thus provides renewed purpose.

Prayer:

Almighty God, I am blessed to be called to serve. Help me to realize I am never more important than the task you have called me to do. You are the Most Important and the root and the provider of purpose. Before I stumble over myself, allow me to see You first and understand You are an equitable Master to all. Humble my spirit to know that I am blessed to be called to serve. Thank-you. And So It Is.

Affirmation:

When I think I am above circumstances and the voice of God, then I know that I have become small in myself and have diminished my vision and reside in ego, but when I realize the Greatest and Goodness of You – My eyes are open to life and I can see reality. And So It Is.

Written By: Rev. Darlene


Oh, My Mouth!

My mouth is a delicate part of my body. It houses my tongue. I keep my mouth clean, so I brush my teeth, floss, and use mouth wash. I even go to the dentist so I can be a good custodian.

If I put something in my mouth that is too cold, I can feel sensations throughout my body. I can even feel my teeth chatter. When I put something in my mouth that is too hot, I feel sensations as well, and if I should burn my tongue it is a miserable feeling.

If my mouth is unkempt, and I do not care for my teeth, or adhere to proper hygiene, others can know as well - but, I, the custodian of this mouth make a statement about myself.

This mouth that we have, and this tongue we use to make sounds of expressions, can do quite a bit. They can make statements about yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and these words can hurl far beyond the graves of times.

We can use these words to express emotions, and provoke thoughts and give significant responses. These words we use can bless others - to build them up and help them see things within themselves, far beyond themselves. These words can be a tell all sign of the eye and the heart.

They can be expressed with or without thought - we must decide. Words can be used to construct or destruct, and once they are introduced to the universe, they take on a life of their own, but we still own them - they are destined to return. They don't need

(Oh, My Mouth)

a wardrobe; we groom them, based upon our experiences and feelings - based upon, the giver and the receiver.

Oh, these words of mine, which I create, my mouth is but an altar, and my tongue is my sword. I try to dress them up sometimes, to make them sound nice, but even still, my attire is unbecoming, and like my clothes, so are the words.

When words are used to construct - we bless ourselves and other. The universe bows to us, as the light of God glistens through others, and around us. We see God. We get to know God through others, and ourselves, as God is omnipresent. Life is Light. Our Mouth and Our Tongue and Our Heart and Our Minds work in unison - our emotions are indicative of a healthy ego - it is balanced and not pervasive.

When words are used to destruct - our mouths are like a set of decayed teeth in need of care that the custodian cannot fully attend to. Often times, the price is costly, and the custodian learns the true value of teeth.

When words are used to gain control over others, they become hurtful and the person becomes an object to be pounced upon. Care and insensitivity is overruled, without a caring thought. Ego becomes pervasive and loses itself and violation occurs - but, when we violate others, we violate ourselves, through the creation of negative karma.

The questions becomes, how many of us will allow ourselves to become comfortable with a destructive mouth. When we pass judgment -does it make it right? When we gossip -does it make it right? When we envy - does it make it right?

Regardless of the status quo, and regardless of how often it is done, is it ethically and morally right? Does it hurt others, and who gets hurt in the cross-fire?

Perhaps, it would be wise to check ourselves. Violence is nested in minds and becomes verbal, whether it is verbal or non-verbal, and expressed through our own actions, it can be self-inflicted or inflected upon others.

Oh, this mouth of mine. I have it, and only I can use it to bless myself, as well as others. What will I do?

Rev. Darlene


I Am But A Leaf

I am but a leaf, big or small,

young or old, falling from a tree,

quite high, a distance from me;

Blowing in the wind, being tossed

and turned, seeking to be free.


I pray that I can stay true to my color,

of green, that’s wearing through nature;

I hope that this transformation will not

become an indecisive reformation.


My prayer is that the rain and storms won’t

come, and the winds, won’t persistently blow;

but most importantly, I pray, that when you

walk, you will look beyond the core, and

recognize, my beauty, and feel the depths of

my pain, so that when you walk, you footsteps

will not diminish me, again, and again…..


Darlene Crenshaw


Who Will Be A Witness

The way we respond to the voice of God determines how we express our ego. When one surrenders without question it reflects a great deal of trust and humility as we relinquish the ‘I’ of self and respond to our inner being – our inner self. It can be quite an experience filled with question and with doubt and promise. The ego can be invasive of the spiritual self, thus creating conflict whereby we shot bows and arrows with our thoughts. The voice that speaks to us can be easily dismissed when we assume to drive a car without permission.

Doing is not always a matter of question, but it is an acknowledgment of purpose of a will. Is God’s will separate from ours or is it the same? Can we always see it and can we always understand it? Can this be why faith and trust will provide vision and reliability? As small children, we cannot always see the way but must learn to rely on our caretakers. Sometimes things we must do, we don’t want to do, and they may not make sense. When we reside in our ego, we can only see what ego only allows us to see and believe. We can become self -righteous and lack understanding.

Could this be what happened to Jonah, (Jonah 4:1-9), who was resistant to a mission? He refused to use his gift and seemed to forget who was really in charge. Can ego be a tool of deception? His underlying thought could easily be conceived as, “Lord, you are not going to do anything to these wicked people. You will only make me seem like a wimp. I will be embarrassed. I don’t even like them. Why should I waste my time? As far as I am concerned, they deserve what they get.”

How can we think clearly when we only hear our voice? How can we clearly think when we lack objectivity? Can it be possible that sometimes we elevate ourselves, our feeling, our will and treat God as a second class citizen? Purpose becomes secondary.

God being God and in His mercy never leaves us as we do Him, but through His love confronts and restores us to ourselves and thus provides renewed purpose.

Prayer:

Almighty God, I am blessed to be called to serve. Help me to realize I am never more important than the task you have called me to do. You are the Most Important and the root and the provider of purpose. Before I stumble over myself, allow me to see You first and understand You are an equitable Master to all. Humble my spirit to know that I am blessed to be called to serve. Thank-you. And So It Is.

Affirmation:

When I think I am above circumstances and the voice of God, then I know that I have become small in myself and have diminished my vision and reside in ego, but when I realize the Greatest and Goodness of You – My eyes are open to life and I can see reality. And So It Is.

Written By: Rev. Darlene