Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Four Legged Grandchildren

posted by Cheryl Petersen

At first I crinkled my nose when I was introduced as “Grandma.” Not so much because I was WAY TOO YOUNG to be a grandma but because I was being referred to as a grandma to doggies and a kitty.

Walking Hamish in Seattle

When I was a kid, we had pets, but they lived outside with the trees and sign posts. They weren’t part of the family.

Later in life, I became a parent and we even fostered children for 15 years. One child had an attachment issue and it occurred to me to get a cat for him. It felt right for the cat to be in the house with the child. I was stunned. The child turned around and I admitted that God can dramatically transform people, especially since previously there was no way in hell, heaven, or earth, that I would ever allow an animal in the house.

Anyway, all our children, and even I, have pets in the house. I’ve noticed, pets have become a hot commodity in the nation, sometimes getting better care than people. But, then, pets sometimes act better than people.

So, I am doing my grandmotherly duty of babysitting four-legged grandchildren while our children travel. I can’t believe I just wrote that.

From Science and Health, “Daniel felt safe in the lion’s den[1] because he understood the control which Love held over all ideas. Paul proved the viper to be harmless.[2]All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, and indestructible. A realization of this excellent truth is a source of strength.”


[1] Dan. 6

[2] Acts 28:3–5

Late Bloomers on the Music Scene

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Jesse Cohen refers to himself as a “late bloomer.” But, late blooming flowers are stars in their season. And, at an age when most adults are pondering retirement and golf courses, Cohen is making music. He picked up the guitar at the age of 17, but didn’t really start learning how to play until in his 30’s. Living in New York City, Cohen tried to reach fame and glory but didn’t succeed. Being an avid reader, Cohen came across a book that spoke of a trumpet player in Mexico. The trumpet player performed at weddings, parties, funerals, community parades, and so on. Cohen was struck by the genuineness of the trumpet player’s story and he took up music again but from a different facet.

Cohen moved to upstate New York to raise his son with the child’s mother. He joined a local band, but also played on his own with a few other musicians who had the self-discipline to improve their skills. Soon the Blues Maneuver band was formed and for the last couple of decades, the band performs regularly at parks, fund-raisers, fairs, restaurants, weddings, reunions, and so on. The musicians have enlarged their repertoire and established an aura that brings fame to harmony and energy.

From Science and Health, “Harmony is produced by its Principle, is controlled by it and remains with it. Divine Principle is our Life. Our contentment is not therefore at the disposal of physical sense. Truth is not contaminated by error. Harmony in our being is as beautiful as in music, and discord is unnatural, unreal.”

“My heart, O God, is steadfast,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.” (Ps. 57:7, NIV)

Give-and-Take in Marriage

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My husband and I compromise. However, the give-and-take is not a symptom of, “If you do this, I’ll do that,” syndrome. We compromise by applying spiritual rules of common sense, forgiveness, and honesty. The hardest part is not getting set in our ways and then thinking we can compromise with spiritual rules.

Spiritual rules are very powerful when applied in everyday life. But what makes them powerful is when I don’t treat the rules as if they are human beings to compromise with.

Hauling garbage on my bike

When I apply common sense, there is no arguing about who does what in a marriage. My husband drives the pickup truck so he hauls the garbage to the dump. I nursed the babies. But sometimes I haul the garbage if it is inconvenient for my husband.

When I apply forgiveness, I learn to forgive myself for having unreasonable expectations and this in turn relieves me from getting angry at my husband. My husband was not created to make me whole. I will only find wholeness within my own consciousness of God, Love.

When I apply honesty, my actions and words become more sincere. My husband and I have a genuine, heartfelt, practical, understanding of one another, full of humor. We cooperate while raising the children, doing the house work, shoveling snow, and working at our careers, but all the while reminding ourselves not to try to negotiate with spiritual rules.

It is unnecessary to negotiate with spiritual rules. That is why it is impossible. As the rules of common sense, forgiveness, and honesty are applied, the natural result is a feeling spiritual connectedness whether married or not.

From Science and Health, “In Science, there is no attitude of give-and-take; there is no human element that says, “If you do this, I’ll do that.” Do physicists collaborate with the law of gravity in order to go to the moon? No. They have the faith they can do it, then they study to understand the principles of physics, then they apply the rules, and then they go to the moon.”

 

Wine and the Store Cats

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mary Anne and Spunky

Mary Anne is holding Spunky, a used-to-be feral cat who Mary Anne loved on until he became the mascot of Mary Anne’s Liquor Store. Mary Anne had been telling me about which wines were best for serving at Christmas to compliment the Holiday dinner. However, with Spunky in plain view and me not being an alcohol drinker, our conversation quickly shifted to cats and I discovered an amazing Mary Anne. This woman is a bountiful expression of generosity, patience, and a willing good-spirit.

Almost 20 years ago, Mary Anne bought her business, which is located in the middle of an upstate New York Village. She soon found out feral cats were roaming around town and she began feeding them. When Mary Anne realized there were so many, she started catching them to get them spayed or neutered. One mommy cat was so smart and tricky that Mary Anne could not catch or trap her for years. The mommy cat had 67 kittens before Mary Anne finally caught her to get her fixed. But, in the meantime, the mommy cat trusted Mary Anne enough to touch and talk to her kittens and find safe homes for them all.

Mary Anne works closely with the local Humane Society. Stray and unwanted animals are a problem and much of humanity is making the effort to control the problem as humanely as possible. Ring-a-ling, I am reminded, donating to our local Humane Society’s is a wonderful Christmas gift!

From Science and Health:

“Wine. Inspiration; understanding.”

“Animals and mortals metaphorically present the development of human thought, advancing in intelligence, taking form in neuter, androgynous, masculine, or feminine gender. The birds, which fly above the earth in the open expanse of heaven, correspond to aspirations soaring beyond and above limited concepts to the understanding of the unlimited and divine Principle, Love.”

 

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