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Today’s Short Reading from the Bible… from Genesis:

“And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all
corners of the earth”.

Then He made the earth round………… and He laughed and laughed and
laughed!

AMEN!

Thank you to my mother-in-law for this one!
 

“The universe has no beginning or end, and God is entirely present within every particle of it.”

Excerpt From: Eben Alexander, M.D. “Proof of Heaven.” Simon & Schuster

This book was recommended to me by a fellow patient in a waiting room of my doctor’s office. I did not expect to like it but curiosity won out. What is different about this book in comparison to other Near Death Experience memoirs is that it is written by a skeptical scientist and it is not beholden to any religion or philosophy. In part, it describes the experience of union with God that I sometimes have experienced in meditation in the past decade. Please read it with an open heart.

Along my journey to comprehend the doctrine of the Trinity, I came across this. It takes many prayerful readings to catch the profound truth within.

These Biblical words refer to the threefold nature of God as Father, Son, Holy Ghost (SAT, TAT, AUM in the Hindu scriptures). God the Father is the Absolute, Unmanifested, existing BEYOND vibratory creation. God the Son is the Christ Consciousness (Brahma or KUTASTHA CHAITANYA) existing WITHIN vibratory creation; this Christ Consciousness is the “only begotten” or sole reflection of the Uncreated Infinite. Its outward manifestation or “witness” is AUM or Holy Ghost, the divine, creative, invisible power which structures all creation through vibration. AUM the blissful Comforter is heard in meditation and reveals to the devotee the ultimate Truth.

Paramahansa Yogananda. From Autobiography go a Yogi

Novel Prayer

I love to read a good novel…or rather many novels. I even have to admit that my preference is for murder mysteries. I’m not at all certain that this is a good thing. I prefer the mysteries of Deborah Crombie and J.A. Jance because both authors include a minor character who is a female pastor. However, I recently discovered the novels of Elizabeth George. I am on my 4th novel and have yet to encounter any clerical involvement and the murders are more disturbing and complex. I think I have to take a break and fill my mind with all good things for a good cleansing. I do want to share with you, my dear reader, this one quote:

“I learned what it was to pray. It was to will goodness out of evil, hope out of despair, life out of death. It was to will dreams into existence and spectres into reality. It was to will an end to anguish and a beginning to joy.”

Excerpt From: Elizabeth, George. “A Great Deliverance.” Bantam, 1988

I think Ms. George could use a good theologian in her novels. It is not our will alone, but rather becoming one with God’s will that makes prayer more than wishful thinking. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done” Amen

Every Easter, I would call my parents and my Father would remember to say “He is Risem” and I responded with those ancient words “He is Risen Indeed!”. But the past few years of Dad’s life, he would then go into an exaggerated version of the hymn “It the Bulb Ther is a Flower” and I would join him. We both detest that hymn but in each of our churches it is a favorite. The hymn has great meaning in celebrating springtime but the tune got stuck in our minds and we couldn’t shake it. So we laughed together instead. Ah, I miss that man. I miss his humor and his laugh most of all. I hope I will always be able to recall that chuckle and those outright roars of glee.
So this Easter, I remember and I know that the message of Easter is a very personal one. I will hear that laugh again.

“They just don’t get it!”. I’ve heard that phrase so many times that I have become weary of it. The phrase is often used as a way of dismissing or considering others as beneath the speaker. This is so different than Jesus’ words from the cross, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!” I am so grateful that God’s forgiveness does not require our understanding.

I came across this quote today cited in Sojourners.

You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.

-Anne Lamott

If your thoughts don’t bless you, simply ignore them and remember God. Craig Bullock, The Assisi Institute, Rochester NY

“Helping, fixing, and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul.”

– Rachel Naomi Remen from,
A Time for Listening and Caring

“Thoughts are universally and not individually rooted; a truth cannot be created, but only perceived. The erroneous thoughts of man result from imperfections in his discernment. The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may mirror the divine vision in the universe.”

Excerpt From: Yogananda, Paramahansa. “Autobiography of a Yogi.” iBooks.
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