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Sugar

He is part of the family, a younger man who grew up with our daughters. When he was single and living on his own, I encouraged him to cook at home, rather than eat out all the time.

He remembered the Christmas cookies we’d make and asked for the recipe.

Later he called me on the phone and said, “The cookies turned out good, but the frosting is terrible.”

I asked, “What did you do?”

He answered, “I mixed butter and sugar.”

After pondering I finally asked, “What kind of sugar did you use?”

“Gran you late dead,” he enunciated carefully.

“Ah, that’s granulated sugar. You want powdered sugar,” I said.

He learned about powdered sugar and I laugh at myself when working cross word puzzles. Sometimes, when all but 1 block is filled out with letters, I can’t pronounce the word, especially when they add 2 words and I think it’s one.

Our human minds are limited. When we know their limits we are more open to hearing ideas from the unlimited divine Mind.

The green in the woods

Green ferns linger in the woods, although its winter. The green color sticks out because everything around it is brown. Decaying leaves, dormant trees and bushes. The green looks so vibrant that I can’t help but think about the scene.

From plant science class, I know the fern isn’t green itself, but that chlorophyll inside the plant leaves actually reflect the green ray of light from the sun.

In my belief of a God, a good God that shines with strength, peace, and wisdom, I use this knowledge to my benefit.

When I’m feeling weary, I shift my attitude and instead of trying to squeeze more energy out of my mind and body, I reflect. I reflect on the strength of love, truth, and life, attributes of God.

green ferns

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.

puddly josie looking down

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.

stainglass women cross

Shredding butter

We had some leftover butternut squash in the fridge and a couple of ripe bananas sitting on the kitchen counter. My husband was looking at them… thinking.

I came into the kitchen, stood next to my husband and said, “Make pumpkin banana pie filling and put it on a butter crust.”

We can read each others minds a lot of the time. I knew he wanted to bake something using those ingredients, but I also knew he isn’t one to stray from old standbys. He was battling between making pumpkin cookies or banana bread, or both.

Neither of us wanted too much food in the house, so the idea of blending the ingredients made sense.

We had a can of evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, and flour, to get the job done.

I reminded my husband, “You won’t need much sugar. When ripe bananas are used in cooking, the bananas have plenty of natural sugar already.”

“How do I make a butter crust?” Husband asked me.

“Oh, well, ya, you cut butter into small pieces and put it in flour. But the butter is cold and hard from being in the fridge, so you’ll need to wait until it softens,” I answered, before leaving to go into the office to type.

Within two minutes, my husband came into the office. I roll my eyes, not even having time to get into my typing project before being disturbed, but turn to see he is standing there holding a plate with a pile of stuff on it.

The picture clicks in my brain. I smile and say, “That was a brilliant idea, now just mix it with the flour and a little confectioner sugar and press it on the bottom of the pan to bake for 10 minutes.”

I laughed. I’ve been cooking and baking for 40 years and when I needed softened butter, I waited or used the microwave.

My husband got out the carrot shredder and shredded the cold hard butter into the perfect sized pieces to add to flour and make a crust.

We all get good ideas. They come from divine Mind when we need them. Some people get ideas that earn them Nobel Prizes, but a good idea is a good idea, even if it is to use a shredder to cut butter.

I may not be the person who can stand on a beach of sand and think, “Hey, I know, I’ll just get some of this sand and remove the silicon from it to make a transistor.”

But, I do get good ideas. I don’t own those ideas and I’m not the only person those good ideas come to. I believe we are all connected to a divine infinite Mind, outpouring good ideas. I’ve learned to be grateful for good ideas, to share them, and to expect more.

From 21st Century Science and Health

“When human beings realize they no longer want to believe in physical suffering, they turn from the body to Spirit and call on divine sources outside of themselves.

“Soul has infinite resources with which to bless humankind, and happiness is more readily responded to and more secure in our keeping, if found in Soul.”

Light can be reflected

What would it feel like if we didn’t have any artificial light?

We’d only be able to see during the daytime, or when the moon was brightly reflecting the sun, or occasionally when lightning would flash.

It could be a bit, well, dark. Especially during the short winter days here in the north. I’d want to hibernate with the bears if I didn’t have artificial lighting.

I recently heard a talk on the history of lighting. The Historian spoke on the first light humankind made, fire. “Some people were good at it and some weren’t good at making a fire,” said the Historian.

I’d be the person who went to my neighbor to borrow some fire.

Then candles, oil, fuel, lamps, and electricity came along, revolutionizing the world. My refrigerator light puts out more light than my grandmother had in her bedroom when a child.

But, grandma never said it was terrible. The history of light was an evolution in consciousness. They understood each step of progress. As lighting evolved, people were actually brilliant. They’d put a candle in a holder, near reflective material to brighten the light. Or, they put the lite candle near a bulb of blown glass filled with water. That too would brighten the light. Or, both, see picture below.

The reflective material and the water amplified the light.

I wonder.

I’ve met people who are like lights in the room. They express joy, honesty, and integrity. Even if I’m not feeling particularly enlightened, can I at least serve as reflective material for that light? I think so.

Quotes from an abridged version of Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health, titled, From Science & Religion to God:

“Darkness is not turned into light. Light shines and the darkness is naturally displaced.

“Spirituality allows us to read the human situation correctly, with healing intent and power. The light of spiritual truth exposes and displaces erroneous human thoughts, and demonstrates healing.

“We can watch the brightening light of Truth, harmony, and the entireness of God.”

candle light mirror water in bulb

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