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Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Eat it up

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Have you heard of Corrie Ten Boom?

She was an amazing Dutch woman who survived in one of Hitler’s concentration camps during World War II.

After the war, Ten Boom became a missionary, wanting everyone to know about the power of God and the love that healed her of bitterness.

She traveled the world. Sometimes, she wasn’t very well accepted as the preacher. In her book, “Tramp for the Lord,” Ten Boom wrote about one occasion when she was speaking to a group of Germans who prided themselves as intellectuals. She wrote, “They would not receive me because they felt that they were more profound in their theology than I.”

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The next time she went to speak, she brought them chocolate as a gift, a rarity after the war. They eagerly accepted the gift. Then Ten Boom pointed out that they didn’t question the origin of the chocolate, was it Holland or Germany. “Instead of analyzing it, you just ate it,” she told them.

Then she picked up her Bible and said, “It is the same with this Book. If you try to analyze it as a book of science or even a book of theology, you cannot be nourished by it. Like chocolate, it is to be eaten and enjoyed, not picked apart bit by bit.”

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Unfixed memory in the know

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A friend brought to my attention the theory of a fixed memory. I hadn’t thought about it before, but I realized I sort of buy into this theory.

A fixed memory requires unloading some information in order to add more memory.

With so many things going on in my day, I write notes to myself to address my memory bank, which can only hold so much.

I then compare this view to divine Mind, with unlimited memory. Never forgetting.

Or is it that view clear?

The thinking that I need to have a perfect human memory would only be cause for unreasonableness, thinking I need to remember everything.

I’ going to argue differently for a minute here because that view can be misleading.

I mean really, I can hardly remember what I had for breakfast yesterday, mainly because I don’t care, but I do remember a diddy I learned back in my teenage years.

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“Two all beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onions on a sesame seed bun.”

I don’t need that information, served up by McDonald’s, a place I rarely eat at, in my memory, but there it is. And if you need to know how to change a sheared bolt on a New Holland baler, I have you covered. I remember how to do that also from my teen years.

So, my memory isn’t declining just because I forget other things, like taking out the garbage. I can stand back and see a bigger picture. Another view of the Mind that remembers, or rather “knows.”

We don’t have to beat ourself up because we forget things. We don’t want to let ourself expect our memory to decline. I believe there is an infinite Mind that can be trusted as our own mind.

I’m certainly going to keep writing notes to myself. However, I’ll do so in the framework of divine Mind that knows what it needs to know, when.

Psalm 77:14, ESV: “You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.”

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Four things NOT to do on Valentine’s Day

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Don’t think you have to eat out at a fancy restaurant. The tradition of eating someplace extraordinary requires reservations and yes, waiting, because so many other people are doing the same thing on Valentine’s Day.

You can instead eat at a smaller eatery, or eat in-house. You can have a simple healthy meal with maybe a special dessert, shared. At home, lighting one candle on the table offers a quietude more fitting for your Valentine, than sitting in a crowded restaurant.

 

Don’t buy chocolate for someone with a weight problem. Food is a temptation and love doesn’t tempt us, but encourages us to be moderate and nourishing.

Give flowers or a thoughtful card to your Valentine. You can even make the card.

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Don’t expect sex. Love is not sex and expecting sex cheapens it. If there is no sex, disappointment seeps into the psyche and ruins Valentine’s Day.

Instead, appreciate the spiritual qualities of integrity, patience, and compassion in your Valentine and if sex happens, you will appreciate the intimacy and yourself.

 

Don’t get down on yourself. Not everyone has a Valentine in its narrow definition and that is okay.

Love yourself as God loves you. You are worthy of joy and wellbeing, gently and permanently bestowed on you by God. Your relationship with God, by default, is a relationship with infinite Love.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Religion today, part VII

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Now that the word Islam no longer terrifies me, I can stand up against Islamophobia with understanding.

From, 21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, we read, “Christian Science requires us to improve our intentions. Hatred is to become extinct through kindness. Lust is conquered with purity. Revenge is triumphed over with charity, and deceit is defeated with honesty. Starve errors in their early stages if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success.”

Most people are are busy getting through the day, going to work, paying bills, and trying to help others that we eventually have to face that which terrorizes us, even our own fears. From 21st Century Science and Health,While respecting all that is good in the Church or out of it, one’s dedication to Christ is more on the ground of demonstration than of profession. In conscience, we can’t stay in a mindset we have outgrown. We are enabled to heal the sick and overcome sin by understanding more of the divine Principle of the deathless Christ.”

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Healing is possible. Inevitable. It comes by not getting distracted by the masks that hate and fear and egomania wear. Everytime we let go of the old and put on the new (Ephesians 4:24) we notice progress and courage in the understanding of a meaningful life.

Four things I’ve learned:

  1. Healing is always happening and we can find where to be a part of it.
  2. We can throw out that which we’ve outgrown, including the worn-out ideology that someone in the past knew the answer for us today.
  3. We need to find our own answer.
  4. We all have access to God, Truth, now. The truth is practical to us, now.
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