Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

What is God?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Question. What is God?

Answer. God is bodiless, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.–Science and Health

Seclusion in the City of Redmond

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Writers dream of moving to a secluded, calm location and getting a lot of writing done. What’s funny is, I live in a rural area, definitely calm, and I still get writers block. But, here I am in Redmond, in a setting proliferated by busy people and the Microsoft Headquarters, with an overkill of time to write. My only distraction is walking the dog, because I am here pet sitting while our daughter travels with her husband.

I am surrounded by high tech, fast moving everything. When I take the dog for a walk, other walkers are texting or talking into doo-dads stuck on their ears. I don’t even own a cell phone. My daughter taught me how to call my husband on her phone and that is the extent of my usage.

In the house, I can’t even watch a movie because I can’t figure out how to operate the TV. I already crashed one computer so am working on a mini laptop. I know, our daughter’s husband will come home and say, “Oh, all you had to do was click the 9 ratio equivalent key and the computer would start right up.”

So, sitting here in Redmond, surrounded by vehicles, technology, and coffee shops (I’m not much for coffee), I am quietly writing. Oh, and reading.

The Redmond Library is fabulous. They don’t even have librarians to check you out or in. It’s all self-checking. Computers scan and give you a read out.

I am reading Microtrends by Mark Penn, and it is keeping me intrigued. Penn is a respected pollster in American politics and Microtrends covers a gamut of topics from old new dads, to unisexuals, to bourgeois and bankrupt. Under the unisex topic, Penn mentions that Unisexuals “may be the ideological heirs of the feminist, and revolutionary, principle that biology need not be destiny.”

From Science and Health, ” How can the brain, heart, blood, DNA, etc. be our identity? If our real nature is the material bodily structure, a portion of our being would be gone if a limb was amputated; a surgeon could remove our manhood or womanhood; or bacteria would annihilate our existence. What happens to the identity of an organ recipient? Or, how can DNA be the foundation of our identity? DNA mutates, replicates, and eventually dies therefore it can’t be a source of life. After a person is gone their DNA is still here on earth, so where is the individual? On another note, people have repeatedly proven that the loss of a limb cannot take away their manliness or womanliness. Many people, classified as disabled, have presented more nobility, more manliness and womanliness, than the polished athlete or glamour model—teaching society that true identity and nature comes from spirituality, consciousness.”

Christmas Presents Under the Tree

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Sometimes, I surprise myself. But, I’ve been busy writing, traveling, and babysitting our daughter’s pets, and it was until the other day, while walking through town, looking at twinkling colorful lights, that it dawned on me, people were shopping for Christmas presents.

I wondered, “Have I bought any presents this year, for anyone?”

I almost thought I forgotten presents entirely. Our family and friends really don’t need anything so it just doesn’t occur to me to buy something for the sake of buying something.

Then, I remembered. I did buy a present. I had gone to church about a month ago and there was a gift tree there, decorated with ornaments that listed items for children in the local community who needed them. I read an ornament and purchased an outfit for a toddler, wrapped it, and returned it to church to place under the tree.

I do hope the child has a happy Christmas and many more to come.

Merry Christmas everyone!

From Science and Health, “Can we lose our rich inheritance and God’s gifts? No!”

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

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