Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Dean Potter Walks the Rope

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Daredevil Dean Potter is making headline news for his slackline rope walk over an impressive canyon in China. Opinions aimed at his achievement run high and wide.  Opinions point at Potter and say he is reckless, fearless, or a showoff. Ironically, opinions about human beings never hit the mark. They just fall to the ground.

When I watched Dean Potter walk the rope, I thought, Yep, another reminder that the impossible is possible. Then I wondered, What kind of music was he listening to?

From21st Century Science and Health, “If record breaking performers believed it impossible to accomplish spectacular events, they could never do it. Their belief that they can achieve gives their thought forces, called muscles, their flexibility and power which the unscientific might attribute to adrenaline or genes. Fear must disappear before the power of putting resolve into action can appear.”

 

Choosing the Better Emotional Cereal

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Emotions are as varied as cereals.

Don’t buy into the sugary emotions that leave us hyper and tired, such as infatuation, greed, fear, and apathy.

Courtesy: Healthy Cooking Coach

Buy into and eat the humdrum emotions that keep us going all day. Honesty, realism, forgiveness, empathy…

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”  (Gal. 5: 22-23, NIV)

Contraceptives and Church

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Courtesy BiblicalWoman

The Washington Post gets a thumb up for Michelle Boorstein’s article, Young Catholic women try to give church’s position on birth control new sheen. Last weekends article cites Ashley McGuire, who is campaigning with other young, religiously conservative Catholic women who are trying to change the image of “what may be Catholicism’s most-ignored teaching in regard to the ban on birth control.”

“These women are hardly renegades,” wrote Boorstein. The women are arguing “that church theology has been poorly explained and encouraged, they want to shift the image of a traditional Catholic woman from one at home with eight kids to one with a great, communicative sex life, a chemical-free body and babies only when the parents believe the time is right.”

I tend to agree: Church leaders have been known once in a while, to lack in the skill-set of teaching properly theological issues and giving appropriate encouragement. To be honest, I would have a difficult time heeding marital advice from a man who took a vow of celibacy. Besides, there is no record that Christ Jesus attempted to regulate sex between married couples.  Furthermore, the Bible has quoted Jesus as saying, “Beware of the teachers of the law”? (Luke 20:46, NIV)

Whether it was the nation’s recent administrative mandate that faith-based charities, schools, and hospitals provide birth control and reproductive services in health insurance plans, effective January 2013, or these young Catholic women, the touchy topic of contraceptives and doing right by God has been urged out into the open.

Looking at the Lord’s Prayer From a New Angle

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“Christ Jesus taught his disciples one brief prayer, which we name after him the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer of Spirit, not of mortal perceptions. Jesus said, “Pray, therefore, like this:”[1] and he gave that prayer which covers all human needs.

In the phrase, “Deliver us from the evil one,”[2] the one evil is but another name for the first lie and all liars. Only as we ascend above all habituated feelings and sin can we reach the heaven-born aspiration. The Lord’s Prayer indicates the spiritual consciousness which instantaneously heals the sick.

Some Bible versions include an extra line at the end of the Lord’s Prayer. Bible scholars think that a later copyist may have added it; however, it does not affect the meaning of the prayer itself and has been included here in what I understand to be the spiritual sense of the Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father in heaven,

Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,

Hallowed be Your name,

One sacred nature,

Your kingdom come,

Your government is come; You are ever-present,

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Enable us to know—as in heaven, so on earth—God is omnipotent, supreme.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Give us grace for today; feed the starved intent.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And Love is reflected in love.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

And God does not lead us into temptation, but delivers us from sin, disease, and death.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.[3]

For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.


[1] Matt. 6:9 (Amplified)

[2] Matt. 6:13

[3] Matt. 6:13 (NKJV)

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