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Everyday Spirituality

Reading through Exodus 21, I come across laws about slaves—an illegal venture today. And, rightly so.

I don’t think the Bible is outdated because I don’t believe the Bible is meant to be followed literally. Its historical content shows how human beings have evolved under the concept of a higher power, God.

We read in Galatians, written thousands of years after Moses and the Exodus, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28)

We are not one in the person Jesus, but one with the Christ spirit, the image of God. We are equal and capable of knowing equality.

standing in fallen leavesLast weeks rain storm caused the colorful leaves to fall from the trees. I am not sad. I was able to enjoy the color before the rain. And, now I get to watch the little dog we are babysitting walk in the colorful leaves.

Excerpt from 21st Century Science and Health, “When we admit that matter (hormones, DNA, neurons, etc.) constitutes a person, we fail to see how physiology can distinguish between humanity and animals. Animals also have hormones, DNA, and neurons. Do some pets act more humane than people? Physiology and anatomy have a difficult time determining when people are really people.”

Heating expenses come to mind when winter approaches upstate New York, a territory that doesn’t mess around when it comes to snow and cold. Our winters are long.

Modern inventions provide for comfort levels beyond what history has known for thousands of years, but paying for those conveniences can get costly.

Yesterday I met a gentleman who set up an account to help people with fuel costs. His generosity is humbling and done in a humble way. He doesn’t make a big deal about it. He and some friends simply set up an account and asked a non-for-profit organization to be the umbrella for the account.

Eligible recipients receive a boost, or leg up on a short money month.

Sometimes, it’s difficult to be generous because others will take advantage of you, but when done simply and wisely, this man shows that we can help those who help themselves.

After the applicant meets the criteria, the man will call and order fuel to be delivered. There is no huge corporation involved, but kind people.

red bike and burning bush

Out on the job, I rode my bike. Had to stop and take a picture of the fall leaves.

The colors captures the eye, the heart, and the spirit.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Instinct is better than misguided reason, even as nature declares. The violet lifts her blue eye to greet the early spring. The leaves clap their hands as nature’s lively worshippers. The snowbird sings and soars amid the wind gusts. Birds do not catch a cold from wet feet; securing a summer residence with ease. Earth’s atmosphere is kinder than the atmosphere of human mind—kinder than the milieu crowded with thoughts of flu, colds, and allergies.”

“The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” Rev. 22:2