Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality


Continued Intro to Cheryl Petersen, 4

posted by Cheryl Petersen

If I thought college was an eye-opener, being married was an eye-bugger outer. What on earth made me think I was ready to get married? Group think? TV fantasies about being married? Anyway, I was a married woman in 1983 and the first year completely stunk (Doug was older, ready to be married, and had the wits to be very patient with me). Providentially, I could dimly see that divorce generally did not suit society well, therefore, I reluctantly chose to turn the tumult into tranquility and this required spiritual growth. It took years, but I eventually found a peace. No human situation is ideal. It was the spiritual engagement that proved to be the only source of peace, so I continued my search for spirituality while we lived on a hill and farmed with the Petersen family (Doug has 2 brothers and a dad who all farmed together).

I attended Christian Science Class Instruction, taught by a respected Teacher of Christian Science in the year 1984. At this time, I also thoroughly analyzed the rumors surrounding Christian Science, such as the popular buzz that Christian Scientists don’t go to doctors. Fact is, Christian Science is a study, not a set of do’s and don’ts. This fact was broadened to include all religions and I learned not to judge a religion by a person, or a person by their religion.

Doug and I attended a non-denominational church in Kennewick, along with, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Pasco. The church services in and of themselves weren’t fabulous but church offers the opportunity to build relationships and share ideas.

Red roses Doug sent me last week for our 28th wedding anniversary

I studied Mary Baker Eddy’s writings, especially Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and found the principles discussed in the book to be useful, so I decided to join First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Pasco. I read the church’s By-laws and signed an application that basically agreed I was a high moral citizen who was committed to not smoke, drink, or be using medications, in other words, on the verge of ascending. This stipulation wasn’t humorous at the time, or even noticed as strange, it just so happen that smoking and drinking never appealed to me, and I didn’t need medications, so signing the application along with its stipulation didn’t appear constrictive or ridiculous. But, the church routine helped ground me spiritually.

Doug and I then had 2 children and made the bold decision to farm on our own, so we moved to Kennewick, Washington, to an orchard and, shock of shocks, we lost the entire first year’s crop to weather damage. I struggled and struggled, emotionally and metaphysically and in prayer. Finally (it took almost a year), I saw how rich we were in family love, so in order to put to use the good I do have, we applied to become licensed foster parents.

We fostered children on and off for 15 years.



Previous Posts

A mask of compassion
In my observance of life, I’ve noticed a human trait that can get out of hand. We humor ourselves or others. I’m not talking about humor, hahaha. Wittiness and fun lay low when we want to humor someone. To humor someone is to indulge them, to give them slack, or comply with what they ar

posted 8:14:24am Aug. 27, 2014 | read full post »

Getting out of the rut
Moses lived a few hundred years after Joseph, the guy who saved the children of Israel from starvation by bringing them to Egypt. The move to the land of plenty was a glorious salvation. By time Moses was born, the children of Israel became lazy followers. They expected the leader, Pharaoh, to fe

posted 8:31:11am Aug. 24, 2014 | read full post »

Authentic baptism
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

posted 8:39:05am Aug. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Human intentions are secondary to the intentions of the Holy Spirit
Promises 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 a

posted 7:35:41am Aug. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Cats howling
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

posted 6:50:26am Aug. 13, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.