Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

What about Colchicum flowers?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Franklin Garden Club hosted a presentation on colchicum: the best kept autumn secret. Sometimes mistaken for corcus, the colchicum is their own species. They sprout leaves in the spring and after those leaves grow and die during the summer, they sprout flowers in the fall, up until a hard frost.

We read in 21st Century Science and Health, “Nature voices spiritual law and divine Love, but the human mortal mindset misinterprets nature. Arctic regions, sunny tropics, coral reefs, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, flowering deserts, and galaxies—all point to Mind, the spiritual intelligence they reflect. The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity. Quantum mechanics, gravity, and the cosmos teach grand lessons. The stars make night beautiful, and the leaf turns naturally toward the light.”

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Don’t blink, Blessings are here

posted by Cheryl Petersen

blessings1 Peter 3:14-16

English Standard Version (ESV)

14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.

Women’s History Month

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Celebrating Women’s History Month this month of March, I recall amazing women of today, yesterday, and long ago.

Women from the Bible include Mary, the mother of Jesus, Ruth, the Moabite, Queen Esther, Priscilla, and Elizabeth. For a more complete list, click here.

We read in, 21st Century Science and Health, “The women who stood near Jesus’ cross were able to answer Pilate’s question, “What is truth?”[1] They knew what had inspired their devotion, motivated their faith, and opened the eyes of their understanding. They identified with the Principle that healed the sick, cast out evil, and caused the disciples to say to their Teacher: “Even the demons submit to us in your name.”[2]


[1] John 18:38

[2] Luke 10:17

 

I still like my Pastor

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Unlike my contemporaries, who have drifted away from religion and either started attending another church or stopped going to church altogether, I haven’t drifted from my religion. But, I no longer attend church regularly.

Back in the day, I was at church every Sunday and Wednesday. I held every position possible in the church and liked the work rather well. I even volunteered for 15 years to serve in the Christian Science Reading Room.

I became increasingly uncomfortable, not with the theology of Christian Science, but with the rituals and expectations of the church organization.

The shift was gradual. It certainly was not a matter of, “I don’t want this anymore, I’m outta here.” It was more, “I want this religion and not the rituals and expectations.”

More than half of American adults have changed religion in their lives, a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found. “You’re seeing the free market at work,” said Gregory Smith, a research fellow at the Pew Forum. “If people are dissatisfied, they will leave. And if they see something they like better, they will join it.”

I haven’t found anything better than the religion I follow. Fortunately, the Pastor of Churches of Christ, Scientist, is the Bible and the book Science and Health with Key to the Scripture, by Mary Baker Eddy, and can be with me all the time. I read from modern versions.

I periodically attend churches of all faiths now. The religious landscape is diverse out here, and I’m learning that these Americans changing religions are breaking the barriers of unsatisfying rituals and expectations.

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