Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

A Gutsy Woman

posted by Cheryl Petersen

An outstanding community member died last week and I am in charge of writing a story for the local newspaper. Lois Ray grew up in this area and was a remarkable woman, I am finding. At one point, a local bridge was closed with no intent to fix or replace it. Then a second bridge was closed. Lois Ray was a member of the emergency squad and saw the value of those bridges so she went to the Town officials and expressed concern.

Bridge built in 1993

Lois was told, There is no money, just tough it out and drive around to the 1 bridge in the middle of town.

It wasn’t a matter of toughing it out. It wasn’t a matter of doing something the way it’s always been done. Lois was atypical. If the officials weren’t going to do the job, she would.

So, she figured out how to build a bridge herself. After investigating costs and structure, Lois gathered some friends and they went to work to raise money.

People made fun of them. They never heard of regular normal hard-working people building a bridge before.

Departments came up with every reason imaginable to stop them from meeting their goal.

Lois and her entourage kept moving forward, unoffended.

Both bridges were replaced within a few years. Paid in full by community members.

Memories of Marrakech

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Eating lunch on a roof overlooking Marrakech, Morocco, my senses took in the smell of fresh spices, the sound of vendors at work, and the taste of a life seasoned pungently with the Islam faith. Colorful carpets hung on the adobe walls of flanked buildings. The feeling of a modest larger view served to reaffirm the fact that my daughter and I had been courageously discovering the intricate and engaged city of Marrakech, unhindered by the intimidating aggressive men who taunted us because we were what?

For 4 days my daughter and I had been wandering through a maze of narrow brick alleys while struggling to avoid getting in the way of passing natives, mules pulling carts, vintage bicycles operated by skilled riders, and 80 cc motorcycles spewing out thick exhaust. We listened to the calls to prayer amplified over the city yet were not. Curiously, each day, a few men would be triggered to provoke our attention, their shady comments showed a misinterpretation of our situation.

Yes, we sometimes did appear to be lost, but we knew it was only temporary.

We knew exactly where we were. In Marrakech. Furthermore, we could admit we practice the Christian faith, however, that includes a respect for Muslims. Naturally, most individuals did interpret our situation correctly and we were allowed to discover courageously the intricate unique and engaged city of Marrakech.

The same human being that misinterprets everyday situations is likely to misinterpret religion. My daughter and I would not allow ourselves to interpret the aggressive men as practitioners of a religion but rather human beings in a competitive business environment vying for the attention of patrons.

Therefore, we loved our adventure, the experience, the people, and now the memories.

 

Experiencing Healing in a Scientific Manner

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Courtesy geekosystem

On June 5 and 6, it has been determined that the planet Venus will cruise between Earth and the sun, a crossing dubbed the “transit.” With proper eye wear, a viewer can see Venus in front of the back-drop of the sun.

Astronomer Johannes Kepler used math to calculate a transit in 1631. But, he didn’t see it because he lived in Germany, a location from where the transit simply could not be seen.

Astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks did a little calculation and realized a second transit would be visible 1639. Horrocks, stationed in England, and his buddy William Crabtree actually witnessed the transit of Venus in a scientific manner.

Now understood, Venus does this pass-by every 100 to 121 years. It happens whether witnessed or not. The transits of Venus are not only calculable but unstoppable.

I believe, when I have correct principles, and my consciousness is correctly positioned, that spiritual healing is calculable.

God is the only Principle, with principles of love, life, and truth. A consciousness filled with God, experiences the inevitable, spiritual healing. As much as I can’t stop a transit of Venus, I can’t stop the healing.

The point is not to pray for a healing. Healing is happening. Prayer is filling consciousness with life, truth, oneness, humility, spirit, self-control, productivity, timeless love, while positioning self to see what God has already done, revealed wellbeing, family, grace, strength—fait accompli.

Forgiveness and Forgetting the Headache

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The man

Last week, a man woke up with a terrible headache. He went to work hoping it would go away. It didn’t. In the early afternoon, he stopped what he was doing and went to find the quietest place possible in the warehouse where he worked. He sat down and slowly said the Lord’s Prayer.

For quite a while, at least 10 minutes he contemplated the Lord’s Prayer and its impact on thought and action. He felt much calmer.

He went back to work. And, made one more attempt to locate an item in the warehouse that was eluding him in the morning. While searching, it occurred to him he made a mistake earlier that caused him not to see the item. He found the item. A few minutes later, he noticed his headache was completely gone.

Matt. 6:12

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (NIV)

“Forgive us what we have done wrong, as we too have forgiven those who have wronged us.” (Complete Jewish Bible)

“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” (New Life Version)

“Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.” (The Message)

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