My ministerial colleague Rev. Temple Hayes uses an expression to describe the in-between times in our lives. She calls it the "no longer and not yet." I'm sure we've all been there a time or two, and often it is an uncomfortable position to be in. Fortunately, it is always temporary.
If you read our sign on Hunter Mill Road last you, you may recall it said, "Let love be the gift you give this Christmas." With all the commercialism of the season, people sometimes get caught up in what they can buy for their loved ones. One thought, and one way to interpret the message on the sign, is to not give things at all - give love. Love can take many forms such as a hug, a kind word, an act of kindess, a willingness to forgive among them.
Nelson Mandela is quoted to have said, "After climbing a great hill, one finds that there are many more hills to climb." He should know; he climbed many.
The world is mourning the loss of and celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela. Although I never met the man, I have cried because he is now gone. He stood out as a hero among humanity - a leader who inspired, and continues to inspire - greatness in the hearts and minds of men, women and children.
Sunday, December 1, marked the beginning of the Advent season, the four week period of spiritual preparation that leads to Christmas. Each of the four weeks has a theme dictated by Christian tradition. In the traditional Church, the theme of the first week is "hope," but Unity has opted to replace "hope" with "faith."
Thanksgiving is a less than a week away, and I must confess it is my favorite holiday of the year. Why? few reasons...
This Monday, November 11 is Veteran's Day - a day of giving thanks to the veterans who have served our nation. My dad is a vet, and I have a neice and nephews who are currently, or have served, in the military. I pray daily that all of our personnel may come home safely to enjoy long and fulfilling lives with their loved ones.
This is not my usual blog post, but then again, today is a holiday so I'm taking it easy. OK, Halloween isn't a big holiday, but its still a holiday.
So here are your reminders:
On Sunday, October 27 we will have at Unity of Fairfax the seventh and final talk in our Unity Awakening 2013 program based on the Eric Butterworth book In the Flow of Life. The talk title is "Behold I Make All Things New Again," a line that comes from the Book of Revelation in the Christian Scriptures (aka New Testament) and will focus on what happens after we die.
Really?! Yes, really.
For this blog entry, I'm guided to share poem by Kahlil Gibran entitled "On Giving." It was included in the Unity Awakening 2013 workbook, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Ah, Congress! What a great lesson about being in the flow. Or not.
I wish we had established Unity Awakening 2013 "In the Flow" study groups on Capitol Hill; if we had, I doubt that the government shutdown would have occurred.