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Recommended book on Angels

“Angles take different forms when they appear. Some say they seem like ordinary people. Others say they could be mistaken for mighty warriors. But a man named Isaiah described the angels he saw as, well, very strange looking indeed.” Angels in the Bible Storybook, by Allia Zobel Nolan

I got this book for myself in the audio version. I listened to it before falling asleep, and enjoyed its simplicity and honesty. It’s written for adults and children.

I ordered a hardback edition to have at our home. We can read it to our granddaughter when she comes to visit. The Storybook is illustrated nicely by Alida Massari.

My book, from science & religion to God, defines angels as God’s messages to us. They are messages of love, forgiveness, strength, purity and progress. We can feel surrounded by angels.

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Lion or lying?

We read in I Peter 5:8, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” This knowledge oftentimes leads me to pray for more courage to stand up against the world, as if the world causes my problems. However, when no healing results, I switch out my prayer and stop lying to myself.

I very well could be dealing with my own apathy, not a lion.

I pray for courage to become less apathetic.

It’s the story of Joseph that taught me this lesson. It’s not the story of the personal Joseph, but the story of how he was connected, more specifically to Moses and the Exodus of the children of Israel.

The personal Joseph has been put down as a hero who saved the people of Egypt and Israel. Joseph has also been put down as a villain who enabled a population to be dependent and enslaved.

As far as the Exodus, there is no conclusive historical evidence that it’s massive movement even occurred, but again, I learn my lessons from the bigger picture, the myth of it all, if you will.

Joseph, an Israelite, was sold into slavery as a teenager. In a zig-zag almost unbelievable way, he ended up ruling the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, because he had a dream that there would be seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine.

During this famine time, Joseph’s family was moved to Egypt so they too wouldn’t starve to death. After the famine, Israelites lived with Egyptians. I can only guess that the Egyptians felt relieved the famine was over and the Israelites felt appreciative for being saved. Years passed. Centuries passed.

Maybe resentment crept in, but the Egyptians started feeling impinged upon and began asking the children of Israel to do jobs around the place. I suppose the Israelites could have done the jobs out of appreciation, but it dawned on me that at some point a few of the Israelites probably felt like the Egyptians could do their own work. Bucking the majority of Israelites who wanted to keep the peace, the few went along with working for Egypt.

The asking quickly became demanding and the Israelites became slaves. Resentment or not, apathy to keep the peace played a role in this high action saga. I tell myself, this wasn’t a case of the Egyptians kidnapping the Israelites and enslaving them, it was a case of the Israelites becoming so lethargic, even though their physical bodies were actively at work in the fields, they were so spiritually lazy that they were basically self-enslaved.

By time Moses came on the scene, the Israelites were fully isolated in Egypt. They had no energy or ambition to seek and stand with their God. They were visionless, except one woman who birthed Moses and took extraordinary measures to save him.

It was a lot of rig-a-ma-roll, but Moses grew up and eventually led the people of Israel out of Egypt and the saga continues.

Anyway, if I catch myself following a peaceful routine and even planning my day so that routine remains, I try to snap myself out of the pending apathy. I do not want to use spirituality to make a comfortable mortal life. I do not want to try to use spirituality to preserve a past. There is no such thing as a peaceful mortal life.

Spirituality is powerfully useful to reveal mental and interconnected peace. Our physical situation is peaceful only when those around us are peaceful to an increasing degree also. I can’t isolate myself from others and I don’t want to isolate others from me. With this in mind, I pray and find there is no famine of spiritual ideas to move forward and respond to this human life with courage and confidence in God, Truth, Love.

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Value of compromise

Sometimes we get good ideas and later find out they weren’t so good.

Sometimes we follow through on ideas and find out they were better than we ever could have imagined.

Sometimes an idea comes about purely by accident or twist of fate.

Here’s a few examples:

  1. A Post-it note is a small piece of paper with a strip of low-tack adhesive on the back that allows it to be temporarily attached to documents, walls, computer monitors, and just about anything else. The idea for the Post-it note was conceived in 1974 by Arthur Fry as a way of holding bookmarks in his hymnal while singing in the church choir. He was aware of an adhesive accidentally developed in 1968 by fellow 3M employee Spencer Silver. No application for the lightly sticky stuff was apparent until Fry’s idea. The 3M company was initially skeptical about the product’s profitability, but in 1980, the product was introduced around the world. Today, Post-it notes are sold in more than 100 countries.
  2. If you can’t eat just one potato chip, blame it on chef George Crum. He reportedly created the salty snack in 1853 at Moon’s Lake House near Saratoga Springs, New York. Fed up with a customer who continuously sent his fried potatoes back, complaining that they were soggy and not crunchy enough, Crum sliced the potatoes as thin as possible, fried them in hot grease, then doused them with salt. The customer loved them and “Saratoga Chips” quickly became a popular item at the lodge and throughout New England. Eventually, the chips were mass-produced for home consumption, but since they were stored in barrels or tins, they quickly went stale. Then, in the 1920s, Laura Scudder invented the airtight bag by ironing together two pieces of waxed paper, thus keeping the chips fresh longer. Today, chips are packaged in plastic or foil bags or cardboard containers and come in a variety of flavors, including sour cream and onion, barbecue, and salt and vinegar.

I have found the idea of compromising to be beneficial. Of late, we had to deal with the Constitution Pipeline, a large natural gas company that offered unfair prices to landowners for an easement. It took patience and perseverance, however the “higher ups” at the profit making Constitution Pipeline Company finally came to the table and a dialogue with landowners began. A better easement agreement was established. It could be better, but compromise was an excellent start.

While the exercise of compromise could be taken too far, it definitely should not be disregarded. It can expand our minds to new ideas that bless humanity.

But more important, I’ve realized that we compromise whether we know it or not. The stance of not budging or not compromising, can actually cause us to compromise our integrity or open-mindedness.

I remember thinking the Bible carried the most authority when it came to understanding eternal life. I didn’t bend (compromise) when it came to thinking the Bible must be read. Then I read in Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health, where she described the Bible as “a sufficient guide.” Only sufficient, not absolute. This idea relaxed and opened my mind to new thoughts, new books, new ways of expressing the infinite goodness we have available to us.

 

Prophets seeing things

Because it’s part of my routine, I read the daily newspaper a day after print. A day late, basically. I’ve checked out my Horoscope and find it inert, or static. The Forecast, and what actually happened to me the day before, have no synergy. This doesn’t bother me, and I got to thinking, maybe it’s because of my view.

I’ve always believed that Forecasters are similar to Fortune-tellers, Psychics, or Prophets. They are Seers.

But what do they “see”? A future world event? Or, do they see human beings who need to do what the Prophet tells them to do? These questions conflict.

If a Prophet, such as Prophets in Scriptures, foretold a future event, does that mean there is no way whatsoever that future event could be changed, altered, or stopped?

This conflicts with a prophesy foretelling advice for people to follow so as to change the future.

It seems that all the “prophets” I know and read about, have a limited scope of knowledge. Bible scholars may have interpreted and transcribed into the Bible, verses that imply that old-time prophets knew about Christ Jesus’ birth, but did they know that one day, we human beings would be sharing organs or flying the skies?

This is when it dawned on me that true prophecy isn’t about a mortal future, but is when God’s work is expressed. God’s work can’t be divided into pieces with some pieces unfinished and about to happen.

God’s work is finished. Genesis 2:2 The work is the work of Spirit, not the human mortal mind or world.

The human mortal world is a tiny glimpse into Spirit; an immature concept of reality. Human events don’t affect Spirit. Sensible prophecy deals with Spirit, not this worlds events.

So, I’m trying to stop wishing someone would tell me about the future, when to sell the house, get a new job, or buy stocks. I’m trying to more-so remember God’s finished work, it is good and expresses universal Spirit.

As I detach myself from human predictions, and attach to the reality of an all-present Spirit, Life, my mind de-clutters. My expectations become reasonable.

 From 21st Century Science and Health, “Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the divine idea—the reflection of God—has come with some degree of power and grace to all prepared to receive the Messiah, or Truth. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets caught glorious glimpses of Christ, which baptized these insightful people in the nature, or essence of Love.

Thanksgiving and Salvation

When I think about “salvation” I think about deliverance from all the things I don’t like, sickness, worry, and hate. It seems as if salvation is the activity of voiding out negatives from my life. But, when I expand my thinking on salvation or deliverance, I realize that when the negative is gone, there must be something in its place.

There is no absence of anything in the world. So if my hate is gone, then I must have love. If my worry is gone, I must have peace. If I’m delivered from sickness, I must have health.

The definition for the Hebrew word, “salvation” is indeed, something saved, or deliverance, aid, victory, prosperity, health, welfare.

We have the story of “Jonah and the Whale” in the Bible. It’s a new way for me to look at not only salvation, but also thanksgiving. With the Thanksgiving holiday nigh, I’ve enjoyed prayerful time pondering how salvation is a time for thanksgiving for all the good already established by God, that is in place. I can keep letting go of the negatives, but need to remember to super acknowledge the spiritual and tangible good already in place.

Read below, Jonah 2:1-2, 7-10

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying,

“I called out to the Lord, out of my distress,
and he answered me;

When my life was fainting away,
I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer came to you,
into your holy temple.
Those who pay regard to vain idols
forsake their hope of steadfast love.
But I with the voice of thanksgiving
will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
Salvation belongs to the Lord!”

10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Inborn gift

I know we have choices and can choose to entertain happy, courageous mental experiences, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like an easy thing to do, choose. The physical experience keeps nabbing, or jabbing me mentally and pulls me away from self-control.

But, there is a part of me that resonates with this verse from II Timothy, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

The term “gift,” in the Greek, means gratuity, deliverance (from danger), spiritual endowment and qualification. We “fan into flame the gift of God,” mentally. It’s a mental experience. It’s inborn, not received.

The gift isn’t a physical thing, but a power, a right, as God’s image. Self-control is ours by God’s nature of infinitely imaging forth, us.

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What really is connected?

Technology has allowed human beings to be more connected than ever before. Until the batteries die.

But, the idea of connectivity has taken hold on consciousness. It’s logical to believe to we all are connected by something. What I do or think affects others, what they do and think affects me, and so on around the world. Most of the time.

So, in thinking about this, I’m concluding that connectivity isn’t between material particles and quantum energy, but between truths.

I think the ideas of honesty, health, holiness, and harmony are all connected.

I think the ideas of dishonesty, disease, hate, and disorder never connect. At least not for long. They seem to always self-destruct.

I watched the film, “I Am,” directed by Tom Shadyac, the other night. “I Am” is a documentary about Shadyac’s pursuit of truth. After an accident, he realized there was more to life than money and fame.

Shadyac interviews prominent thinkers, including Howard Zinn, Desmond Tutu, Lynn McTaggart, for their insights into truth. It becomes obvious to him that there is more good going on in the world, than bad.

An experiment with a bowl of yogurt demonstrated how our emotions and thoughts can influence living beings and things. They discussed the mounting data being collected to verify the power of the human consciousness.

I think the data is only a symbol of the greater reality. The consciousness of good will maintain connectivity, while the consciousness off bad, will disconnect and self-destruct.

Isaiah 55: 8-9, ESV

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

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