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You Are the Love of Christmas  —

There’s a story about a man who, having passed from this earthly life, was standing at the proverbial Pearly Gates, seeking admittance from St. Peter.  The man, eager to get in, rolls out all of his many accomplishments, citing credentials, career successes, lofty job titles, service boards–ad infinitum.  But St. Peter is hesitant.  He doesn’t seem satisfied that it is enough for him to open the gates.  The man waits anxiously as St. Peter takes out his own records, poring through them with frowning wrinkled brow.  Then with a great, warm smile, St. Peter suddenly looks up, gazing deeply into the increasingly fearful man’s eyes.  “Ah,” St. Peter exclaims, “my records show that it was you who every day took time in the park to watch the sun come up and throw out seeds for the birds.  Is this accurate?  Was that you?”  Timidly the man replies, “Yes, but I hoped you wouldn’t have recorded that–it was so frivolous of me, just a private joy–not productive!”  But St. Peter grinning, throws open the huge gates, “My son, in truth nothing can keep you out of God’s Kingdom–I was going to open the gates for you no matter what.  But I wanted you first to see yourself the way God sees and loves you–not for your many outer achievements–which are indeed good and a testament to your hard work and dedication.  Yet my son, God looks so much deeper.  God sees your heart.  Come on in.  You and all are most welcome here!  This is the Kingdom of Love.”

You are the love of Christmas.  Give that gift from the Christ in you into the Christ in everyone you encounter.  That’s what Jesus teaches us. That is the Christmas message.  That is what opens the gates into God’s Kingdom of Love.

In the Love and Light of the Christ,

Rev. Anna

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What’s Real Power?  The Ability to Create Good – – – – –

People are all about seeking power.  We look for it in money, status, prestige, knowledge, appearances.  There’s nothing wrong with power.  We need it.  The problem is that we don’t understand what it is.  We think power is our ability to climb up higher than the next fellow.  It isn’t.  Power is the ability to create good.  We only get it from deep authenticity.  Pretense can’t cut it.  The Michael Apted movie Thunderheart is the story of a young man estranged from himself.  A wise friend tells him, “You are as far from yourself as a hawk is from the moon.”  Circumstances converge to push him open.  The pain that drove him from himself speaks.  He listens.  He is freed to claim the self he had deserted.   And that’s when he has the power to take an amazing stand.  He has become of true service.

In the Love and Light of the Christ,

Rev. Anna

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“Are You Ready?”

Are You Ready?

                I grew up in a small town.  There were many things I loved about it. Everybody was literally your neighbor. You could invite yourself to dinner at just about anyone’s house.  You could leave your doors unlocked—and nobody considered even rolling up the windows when parking the car.  Summer was a feast of sharings from the gardens.  That friendly feel was great–but I couldn’t wait to leave!  Maybe you can identify.  What is that?  Rightly or wrongly we feel that the nest is too tight, and we long to fly.  We see new possibilities in the distant horizon and off we go.  Life here we come!

After a time, if we are open, we come to realize that the restrictions aren’t really out there in our circumstances, but within, in the way we think, feel, and perceive ourselves.  The tightness isn’t in how life comes to us, but in how we come to life.  We stop rebelling against and trying to control outside people and situations and turn within to do the deep work of changing our own consciousness.  Living according to one’s spiritual nature is not easy.  Jesus mentioned that often!  He even advised people not to do it if they weren’t ready!  There comes a time for each of us however when we are ready.  We take the training wheels off our bikes and whiz down the road, wind in our hair, exhilarated by freedom and sheer joy.

Is this your moment?  Are you ready for a bigger life?  One that leads you into broader worlds, deeper expression, more powerful love?  It has always been yours in Truth.  Now make it yours in experience.  Open your mind, open your heart, put your hand in God’s and with courage walk forward one small step at a time into your life dreams.  Supported by God’s love and guided by God’s wisdom, both within you, you are responsible for co-creating the life you are meant to live.  Just do it!  With faith in yourself and in God, you can!

In the Love and Light of the Christ,

Rev. Anna

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