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Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Decide to be married every day

posted by Cheryl Petersen

eye_to_eye_07_imageOur daughter told me something worth repeating.

Because being married isn’t easy, she realized that every single day, she wakes us and decides to be married.

“I knew I wanted to get married four years ago. I got married. Some days are harder than others to stay married. It made it easier when I decided that every day I’d decide to be married,” said she. Every day when she wakes up, she remembers she does want to be married. She does want to get along with her husband. She does want a deeper relationship.

 

 

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Survival of the Fittest

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Survival of the Fittest is a theory that has been around for centuries. Dubbed a natural selection, survival of the fittest relates to those organisms that best adapt to existing conditions and are able to survive and reproduce.

The theory is fascinating. I’ve gained a new view of the survival of the fittest in the 21st century. The theory doesn’t only relate only to physical survival but also metaphysical.

Because we live in a society that aims to garner more humanity, handicapped people are given the respect they deserve. Some people make it very clear that although handicapped physically, they are superbly able to adapt and survive. Why?

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The mental states of a zest for life, humor, good-will, gentleness, peacemaking, courage, and serenity are powerfully strong. Though physically handicapped, their mental states are fit. They are survivors. The metaphysical qualities were also exemplified in Christ, manifest as the true idea of God.

From 21st Century Science and Health,”Divine Science differs from the hard and soft sciences, because it has a complete unified theory. The Science of Christ is preeminently scientific because it is based on Truth, the Principle of all science.”

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Keeping Tabs on Zeal

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The ceaseless struggle between religious zealotry and common sense conjures conflict and confusion. Zealotry is destructive. Common sense is sometimes uncommon.

Zealotry is defined as fanaticism or excessive intolerance of opposing views. But, it also can mean ardor or fervor.

Common sense is defined as good sense and sound judgment in practical matters.

zeal-for-lifeThe word “zeal” is found in some Bible versions in the Psalms and the Gospel John. “Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up.” NKJV

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The phrase “common sense” is read in more modern Bible versions, but is found in life examples in all Bibles. Prophets used sound judgment fervently, though it went against the grain.

Common sense is allowed. Zeal can be practical. It starts with a sensible practical God.

God is Life, Truth, and Love.

There is no fanaticism, no burning desire, no jealousy in God. The things of heaven are not like the things on earth yet we can experience a hint of heaven here and now. We can experience the ardor of common sense in practical matters. Relationships can be peaceful. Jobs can be satisfying. Progress can be made.

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Trauma of Torture

posted by Cheryl Petersen

While reading The Searchers, by Glen Frankel, I had to turn off my Nook. The book depicts the horrors of an Indian raid on early Americans in Texas. Members of the Comanche tribe attacked and tortured a group of settlers. Cynthia Ann Parker was taken captive at the age of nine. She was rescued 24 years later, but wanted to return to her Comanche family.

Attack and torture are phenomena that make my stomach contort and tighten; gagging the humanity of human beings. Yet, professional physicians and surgeons poke or cut off body parts every day. The recipients, and movie stars, who survive are heroic.

I ponder the result of Christ Jesus’ experience as found in 21st Century Science and Health: “The last supreme moment of mockery, desertion, and torture added to an overwhelming sense of the magnitude of Jesus’ work. From his lips was wrenched the awful cry, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”[1] If a human parent was asked this heart-broken question, it would deny the justice and love of whom Jesus knew to be his Maker. Jesus appealed to his divine Principle, the God who is Love, and to himself, Love’s pure idea. Had Life, Truth, and Love forsaken him in his highest demonstration? This was a startling question. No! God and Christ Jesus must remain united or that hour would be deprived of its mighty blessing for human beings.”


[1] Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34

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