Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Authentic baptism

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Last week, I was asked by Chris to come watch his baptism. He decided he wanted to be baptized in the Susquehanna River. The day was lovely. The event was touching. Chris’ family was there and church friends. We all sang:

Shall we gather at the river?

By Robert Lowry, 1864

Shall we gather at the river, where bright angel feet have trod, with its crystal tide forever flowing by the throne of God? Yes, we’ll gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river, gather with the saints at the river that flows by the throne of God. (Verse 1)

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Our baptism is purification from all error. Our church is built on the divine Principle, Love. We can unite with this church only as we are newborn of Spirit.”

Paul Hamilton baptizes Chris

Human intentions are secondary to the intentions of the Holy Spirit

posted by Cheryl Petersen

holyspirit-featurePromises generally come with good intentions, however, neither the promise or the intentions have the power to fulfill themselves unless resolve, endurance, diligence, aplomb, grit, and common sense pulls through. Human promises are inert without the Holy Spirit.

Promises fall out of our mouths as often as beepers beep when the truck backs-up, the microwave finishes, the car door sits ajar, and the timer goes off.

I’ll call, I promise.

I’ll pick up the room in a minute.

I’ll fix the leak.

This product is a cure-all…

But wait…let’s think about this for a minute.

No material product is a cure-all. And, the human mind talks before it thinks.

When a co-worker promises to do a job, the Holy Spirit let’s us stop and think and compare.

For example, a co-worker promises to get me information for a journalism project, but she has a young child at home that currently needs care plus other job responsibilities.

My children are grown and I can make the time to get the information myself.

No anger. No thinking I’m owed something. I get the information. May of taken longer then if she did it, but her child is taken care of and that’s more important.

Life goes better when I act on the truth that human promises are inert.

The Holy Spirit fulfills promises. Sometimes the Holy Spirit moves me to remind someone else to follow through on their promise. Sometimes the Holy Spirit moves me to finish out the promise. I try to listen to the Holy Spirit who tells me when to make a promise and when to be quiet, keep my good intentions to myself.

 

Cats howling

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Beautiful day yesterday. Had all the house windows open to feel the fresh air.

I was cleaning the floor on my hands and knees and faintly heard howling angry cats. I drop my cloth, run to the back door, put on my rubber boots and dash down the driveway to find the source of the bawling.

There…on the rock wall, my cat, Richard, and a black cat. Not touching. Not moving. Just meowing with a yowl. Over and over and over.

funny-pictures-opera-cat-sings-soprano.jpg w=496&h=700What is going on? I ask.

The black cat sprints off and Richard turns to look at me. He looks fine.

Grateful.

I head home and finish cleaning the floor.

A lot of my days include repetitious motions. It’s good to know that love trumps rituals.

When we hear the cry of our pets or of another human being, we can leave the expected, the familiar, the repetition, and offer our services.

Entering the realm of Spirit

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Psalms 106 recalls the story of when Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt. They crossed the Red Sea and passed over into the land of Sinai. From here the children were to move into the Promised Land and take it over. To live in this new realm required destruction of what was already there. The children dawdled and took 40 years to do so.

If we view this mentally, it’s similar to moving our consciousness into a new realm and destroying anything unlike God.

The world is full of beliefs. Tomorrow will come with more beliefs, however, we have the might of God to help us live in the world and yet destroy false expectations, convictions, and inventions. The purpose of life is to have and serve one God, Love.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “The realm of the real is Spirit.”

Mexican-Shaman-e1347234920515In Ecclesiastes 9, we can read about a God of mercy who bestows wisdom on us all.

Moving into the realm of Spirit is quite a challenge to us human beings on earth, however, God helps us. The destruction of human beliefs doesn’t have to be destructive but can be constructive.

I can rid myself of the belief that tomorrows tragedy will occur every day after. I can expect God to take the reins and smooth out the surprises that come my way.

The power of Spirit leads us all in a way we understand to overcome the beliefs that obstruct us from entering the consciousness of Love. The realm of Spirit is ours to enter and enjoy.

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Authentic baptism
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