Author Archives: Cheryl Petersen

What to serve?

From the abridged version of Footsteps of Truth

The best way to circulate Truth is to live it. The result of living Truth is the destruction of wrongdoing, disorders, and death but your focus will be on Truth, God. Jesus pointed out, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.”[1]

Serving obsessions, selfishness, misleading appetites, hatred, fear, lust, and the like, makes for unreliable infrastructures or relationships. As we yield to spirituality and serve Truth, the essence of reality is on the side of God, good, and Truth will make “a new creation.”[2]

[1] Matt. 6:24, Luke 16:13, ESV

[2] II Cor. 5:17, NIV

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Growing spuds in upstate New York

We stopped to talk to some neighbors. The nicest couple. They were planting potatoes, using an old-fashioned planter. The husband had to put each seed potato in a slot, so they’d drop into the ground with synchronized precision. Well, some precision at least, and it beat planting by hand, as they both remembered doing from the old days.

The evening was calm. The weather was inviting. Our conversation led to a featured newspaper article that I wrote.

They plant one acre of potatoes each year and share them with friends and family.

I can appreciate the intimate sharing. I also can remember my dad, who farmed hundreds of acres of potatoes. My sisters and brothers and I would cut the seed potatoes before planting with a large 6-row planter. Then we’d worked on the potato harvester, pulling weeds out of the freshly dug potatoes moving along on a belt onto a truck.

The magnitude of Dad’s operation seemed to lose any intimacy, but thousands upon thousands of more people were fed compared to our neighbors farming.

Neither method is right or wrong.

We can move forward in our spiritual journey with the method that speaks to us, that we can relate to and know it’s productive when it does touch others. Our smiles can feed other people’s famished hearts.

Matthew 9

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (NIV)

Ruth drives as Jim Sickler plants potatoes in Franklin

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The purpose of life, truth, and love

Religion isn’t only about devotion, feelings, beliefs and rituals. It has a function. Current evidence indicates that religion is losing its functionality.

Is that like someone losing their eyesight?

Functionality is the quality of being suited to serve a purpose well, or practicality, as defined by Merriam-Webster.

Instead of asking myself what is the purpose of eyesight or religion, I ask:

What is the purpose of God?


Life is not birth and death

Linear thinking misinterprets life to be birth and death. Birth, growth, maturity, decay, death.

Circular thinking interprets life to be life. Lively, regenerative, beautiful. Expression, creativity, bounty.


Who has the power?

God is not influenced by human beings, no matter how radical they are.– 21st Century Science and Health

We are all loved and we can reflect the love of divine strength, intelligence, and peace.


Lessons from wildlife

We had lunch with our neighbors last Sunday and learned about a PBS film, My life as a turkey.

After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, his life was forever changed. Hutto, possessing a broad background in the natural sciences and an interest in imprinting young animals, incubated the eggs and waited for them to hatch. As the chicks emerged from their shells, they locked eyes with an unusual but dedicated mother. One man’s remarkable experience of raising a group of wild turkey hatchlings to adulthood.

Hutto learned to make 30 different turkey noises to communicate with his brood.

He learned the turkeys have feelings.

The turkeys tried to understand their surroundings.

The turkeys were born with an innate understanding about other animals. They knew to stay away from venomous snakes.

The film reminded me of the oneness of our world. In divine Science, there is one Mind, one intelligence, and all inhabitants apparently can image this forth.

From 21st Century Science and Health: When we admit that matter (hormones, DNA, neurons, etc.), acting through the five physical senses, constitutes a person, we fail to see how physiology can distinguish between humanity and animals. Animals also have hormones, DNA, and neurons. Do some pets act more humane than people? Physiology and anatomy have a difficult time determining when people are really people.

wild turkey


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