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It’s been really windy here the last few days. The wind can sometimes be a nuisance, but could you imagine no wind? Nothing to stir things up? The environment would become stale, muggy, stifling, stagnant, static.

Exodus 14:21 (ESV)

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

Numbers 11:31 (ESV)

31 Then a wind from the Lord sprang up, and it brought quail from the sea and let them fall beside the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and a day’s journey on the other side, around the camp, and about two cubits above the ground.

Matthew 7:25 (ESV)

25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

 

Here is an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr’s sermon titled, “A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart.”

“There may be a conflict between soft-minded religionists and tough-minded scientists, but not between science and religion. Their respective worlds are different and their methods are dissimilar. Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge that is power; religion gives man wisdom that is control. science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rials. they are complementary. Science keeps religion from sinking into the valley of crippling irrationalism and paralyzing obscurantism. Religion prevents science from falling into the marsh of obsolete materialism and moral nihilism.”

daffodils.2Spring comes late here in upstate New York. Buds on the trees are just now swelling, however daffodils are in full bloom. The bright yellow daffodils grab my attention from the drab brown surroundings of leafless trees and bushes.

The whole scene enlarges my concept of the “senses.”

I generally assume “senses” mean what I feel, see, hear, touch, and know, but realize this is a rather narrow view. In other words, my sense of pleasure or pain is excruciatingly limited. It’s almost laughable.

It rarely occurs to me that plants have sense. But, obviously they have enough sense to know not to bloom in January in New York.

Plants and flowers even have the sense to turn to the sunlight. Moreover, my cats sense sunlight and are constantly found lounging around in it. This all shows a bigger sense. I could call it a universal sense of gratitude for life eternal.

This knowledge is added to the fact that I know my senses are temporal. What I feel this moment can change in another moment. Fortunately, Christian Science has taught me that I’d only be going in circles if I tried to manipulate or control those senses. The key is to break the barriers of the senses and discover Soul-sense.

Even yesterday, while outside for over an hour, I got rained on, hailed on, and heard and watched the deep crack-pop of a tree being pushed to the ground by the wind. I realized the reality of my own senses of these happenings was small next to the reality of a greater sense that occupies the universe. My sense of gratitude overwhelmed my physical senses and I enjoyed the time outside.

From 21st Century Science and Health:

“Instead of possessing our own sentient form, we reflect Soul-sense. God, the Soul of all existence, being perpetual in individuality, harmony, and spirituality, imparts and preserves harmony and spirituality in us— through Mind, not matter/energy. The only excuse for entertaining human opinions and rejecting the Science of being is our unawareness of Spirit—ignorance which vanishes as divine metaphysical Science is understood. Through spiritual understanding, we enter the universe of Truth on earth and learn that Spirit is infinite and supreme. Divine Mind and human mind do not join any more than the colors white and black join. When one appears, the other disappears.

“Human pleasures and pains which come through mortal consciousness perish. They can’t withstand the force of Truth. They can’t withstand spiritual sense and the actuality of being. As people lose all satisfaction in error and in idle thinking, they find satisfaction in Soul-sense.

“Whether mortals learn of Soul-sense sooner or later depends on the tenacity of mistaken mindsets. Until we learn of Soul-sense, we suffer from attachment to material based pleasures and pains.”

 

Mother’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, usually in spring. Dates vary from country to country and this year’s Mother’s Day in the United States falls on May 11.

Americans will spend an average of $162.94 on mom this year, down from a survey high of $168.94 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $19.9 billion. But, I don’t want to write about brunch, bouquets, and bling.

I met up with mothers in many forms and discovered an array of motherly advice worth cursor movement.

First were foster mothers. Gina, Claudia, and Vicki all live in different towns yet network to provide the best care for children of the State. They provide respite care. I could write pages about their experiences, but will reduce it to a list of that which struck me most:

  • Success is overcoming a challenge.
  • Children are full of life.
  • I can’t imagine life without children.
  • We can make a permanent decision in a temporary situation.
  • Consistency is the best medicine for children.
  • Following through on the State rules and regulation is a small price to pay for the reward and satisfaction of improving a life.
  • Don’t respond to a temporary action but have the faith to see a deeper answer.

I also met case workers and support staff for foster homes who also expressed the same motherly qualities that shone so attractively in the foster mothers. The mothering I found in the community far outdid the monetary statistics in impressiveness.

From Proverbs 31, ESV: “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed.”