Spirit Lost and Found

Christmas Angel

 

As I entered the room with the hustle and bustle of the festivities of the Eve, my spirits I have to confess were not at a high point, been a week of medical testing rather than Christmas Spirit and celebrating.  A big part of me wanted to go off somewhere quiet and have the world disappear. Life has a way of taking you out of your funk and angels come in all shapes and sizes. 

I sad down next my my nephew, cousin’s on, who is a teen now and we started talking, before you knew we were having an in depth discussion on different life issues, world events, really having a great time, having really intelligent discussion, something I often can’t even have with adults because any conservative viewpoint is dismissed as racist etc…, rather than listened to and appreciated, considered even.  The Spirit I thought I had lost was found with the smile and love of one who from the moment he came into the family, and also his sister and brother, lit up our lives.  Once again, that light of a “child” brought a smile and the Spirit back into the heart and soul.  It doesn’t take presents, things to find your joy, not really, not if you have an open heart, and so through the light of my three Christmas lights whom I refer to as Pushkin, Sweet Potato Pie and My Muffin, the Christ Child, His Light makes its’ way into my heart.

Shalom and Amen

Dreaming of Christmas Yet to Come

Red and White, Beauty, Simplicity

 

Tonight the Eve of Christmas we will gather all together,

We will gather in a sea of and a crowd of voices,

And most likely rather than just kin, as it should be,

There will also be a myriad of acquaintances and friends,

Not enough chairs, so some will be left standing, plate in hand.

As I look at this photo, I dream of Christmas yet to be,

But what might that Christmas look like to me?

 

As I dream of Chrismas yet to be,

I dream of the Christ Child the center of all for you and me. 

I dream of quiet elegance, of quiet and peace, and a spiritual journey,

A time when yes there is music and good food, but in quiet reflection to. 

I do not envision a crowd, standing room only, plate in hand, 

Nothing but silly chatter all night long.

 

As I dream of Christmas yet to be, 

I dream of the holiday on retreat, a retreat of heart, body spirit and soul,

A retreat of reflection, joy, and introspection on the Reason for the Season,

I dream of quiet elegance as I dream of Christmas yet to be.

 

 

The Three Kings

The Three Kings

A Bright Phenomenon, Three Wise Men, and Gifts, particular ones, one thing I wondered about, have wondered about is that bright phenomenon in the sky.  Couldn’t be a star because of the way it acted, or anything even remotely like that, so what could it be?  For me, the answer is in the Bible itself and a particular scripture.  Remember when Jesus says that no one comes to the Father except through me?  Well, wouldn’t it be logical then that no one was guided to the Son, except through the Father, including the Magi?  I thought about it and I realized that phenomenon was The Spirit of God Himself, His Holy Spirit guiding to the Son.  That is just one of the verses that helped me reach that conclusion, but it is the main one.  The beauty of Scripture is that it will explain itself, but of course, you have to sew the strips together to get the full picture.  I hope you enjoy this poem and that you can all appreciate the awesome gift the Trinity gave to us in the form of that Child in the Bethlehem. 

Shalom and Amen

Feast of Seeing, of Opening Your Eyes

Feast of St. Lucy

On December 13, the Feast of Saint Lucy is celebrated in some countries. This is a special Christmas holiday that is very important mainly in Scandinavia and Italy. It’s called St. Lucy day (also known as St. Lucia Day). The celebration is held in honor of Saint Lucy, a martyr who became a patron of the blind and those with eye disorders who died during the Diocletianic Persecution.  The reason I love this is the light. 

Light, candlelight and St. Lucy being the patron of those who doesn’t see, not with the eyes, but perhaps with a different sight is beautiful.  The physical sight sees only what is in front of us, but the discerning sight of the spirit sees so much more.  It sees, senses emotions not being expressed, catches subtle cues and signals, facial expressions etc.., it connects to the spirit, soul of another in dreams, in music, paintings and so much more.  This feast of St. Lucy can be a beautiful reminder of all this and that although the spiritual realm, God, Christ, Holy Spirit, angels, love are not things you can physically hold in your hand, they are real, they do exist, and we can discern their being present and around us.  

Namaste, Shalom, and Amen

Advent Prayers

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I wanted to share these Advent prayers.  I love celebrating the Judeo-Christian aspects of the faith, as a matter of fact we had a Hanukkah party at my coop and we were given a box with a small Menorah, and candles, booklet on how to light them the prayers, and so I am celebrating both aspect of my biblical faith the Judeo and Christian by having my Anglican Rosary I say every night before midnight, and will help mum set up for Christmas, the decorations at home.  Enjoy these beautiful prayers and a Blessed Advent.

Amen 

We Are More Than …

Spiritual Being

As we celebrate Chanukah, Advent, Christmas, one of the goals should be to get back to this spiritual being we are and understanding this important perspective.  We can easily forget that we are a spirit being inhabiting a physical body.  Often, the two realities will clash, creating dis-ease and other issues.  One of the reasons I plan on joining the Buddhist Meditation circle weekly and special event healing circles at the Buddhist center, still centered in Christ, and pray the Anglican Rosary, and medicate daily is to remind myself of that in a deep way, release carnal baggage I may be carrying.  Especially in this Advent and Christmas Seasons, it is the perfect time to reflect and free yourself of baggage, to realize that we are spiritual beings living in a topsy-turvy physical existence and world.  How we choose to balance both sides, move through the world, with boundaries, morals, ethics, integrity or not is our choice, and any consequences, well we must then accept them.  My hope for Advent and Christmas, for my life, is that I truly get back to this and life can shift for the better.

Namaste, Shalom and Amen

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Gratitude Prompts, Living in the Light

25 Graditude Prompts

As we go through the holidays, it can be so easy to see what we lack, what is missing etc.., but Jesus said to be of good cheer, even in the midst of pain, be of good cheer for he overcame this world, he did so via gratitude, via prayer, connection to the Father, his Creator.  I can be all sad, stay sad about what I lack, any financial shortfalls, and believe me depending on government programs for your day to day sustenance can make anyone depressed.   I can be sad about nor having a life partner, a good man to share my life with, but then again, best to focus for a time now on getting healthy.  I have time for God to bring me into union with that person.  I can find stuff to frown about every day just by way of how messed up we humans are and the world is.  However, I can also do the opposite and go through the prompts each day, take two prompts. 

What makes me smile?  Children playing, smiling, being children is always a joy. Music, song, poetry makes me smile, as certain ones can bring back such great memories.  Writing, singing, teaching, they make me smile because I am touching spirits and hearts.  The beauty of nature, the complexities of nature showing the amazement that is God, our Creator, makes me smile.  These things all make me smile, so if I can think of these things then any darkness is pushed out, doesn’t mean I don’t resolve issues, but I choose to live my days grateful for the things that make me smile.  What makes you smile?  What do I love about myself? This question is not meant to be narcissistic, but rather be grateful for any gift, talent the Lord gave us.   What about myself am I grateful for?  My ability to be firm and fierce in my faith, general faith principles, have one hell of a debate, raunchy one even and then still be best friends.   Rather than beat myself up about immaturity in the past, I can instead focus on positive traits in the present.   I am determined to make a conscious effort to live in gratitude each day, each and every day. Will you join me?  I hope so. 

Namaste, Shalom and Amen

Happiness, Not a Destination

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When we think of happiness, we think of places, people and things often times, don’t we.  What if happiness was none of that?  What if happiness was being grateful for everything in your life, the sun, stars, the clear skies, the dark skies, rain, thunder, and everything in between?  What if happiness was being grateful for all you learn throughout the entire journey, even in being alone?  Though when you are of faith, you are never alone, never.  What if happiness was being able to smile and appreciate the rain as it fell on your face as a great miracle of life?  Maybe that’s what we need to aim for during this holiday season, to cultivate.  Maybe that’s what I need to cultivate.  Seems like a good place to start for transforming my life, what about you?

Inspiration or Dictation

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If you see this picture, inspiring, I think so and that is what made me choose it, but someone else might choose something else as inspiriting.  When God decided to pen his Holy Scriptures, the Bible, he understood this and he understood a few other things.  He understood personality, style, perspective, cultural experience.  What does this have to do with the Bible, and who wrote what, and God being the same now and forever? A lot actually, a whole lot. 

Poetry, Fiction, Song, take any genre and you have numerous writers within that genre, but a publisher knows that each writer has their own style, personality etc.., so he can’t use a cookie cutter approach with all the writers, same goes with a good teacher and her students. When the Holy Spirit inspired Moses, and those of the New Testament to write, He had to keep in mind their personality, their life experience, a host of things because He had to honor their free will and their personality.  He will never honor our sins, but our personality, style of writing and all that, yeah. Luke was a physician, perhaps a pediatric doctor, worked a lot with children because he focuses on the childhood where others don’t, so God honored that background in him to tell of Jesus’s childhood.  What of the one who had been a tax collector, what are his accounts like, what do they tend to focus on? What of John? Why is John inspired to write in a mystical fashion?  Could it be that John by nature was a philosopher, esoteric? Paul, what of him, well he was passionate, so his writing letters in defense of Jesus’s truth is perfectly in line with his character.  See what I’m getting at? The Scriptures were not a dictation per se, but rather given in accordance with each person’s personality, background etc.. to relay God’s truth.  God is consistent in that, so if he is consistent in that regard, then his core precepts and moral boundaries are also consistent, which is why scripture tells us God is the same past, present, and future.   When God inspires a poem, a song in me, he knows my personality etc.. so giving me something in the Rock genre would not work, not at all, it’s not in line with my persona.  God is consistent and so are his concepts and precepts of ethics and morals, of rejecting sin though he loves us the sinners.   

Then we get into the question of what sin is and speak to 10 different faith leaders, likely to get 7 different answers.  I am going to take a crack at this based on scripture, metaphysical and other levels of understanding, common sense and observation.  As I have come to understand sin and missing the mark, sin is this.  It is actions that are destructive to yourself, to others, society, and with malicious intent.  It is actions that destroy the fabric of society in some way, and natural order as designated by God and nature which God created, but through arrogance and pride was corrupted.  Some would say, well does that mean I should stay in miserable family or relationship situations forever, even harmful ones? Are they miserable because you and the other person have not fully embraced Christ and Biblical wisdom? Are either of you refusing to acknowledge baggage and issues that need help resolving? Have you done all possible to salvage the situation and it just is as miserable as ever or more so?  If there is truly no fixing or saving the situation and there is a danger to the person, or persons in the household, well no God doesn’t expect you to stay.  He understands that this is a broken world and because it is, sometimes stuff can’t be fixed and we have to move on, even with parents and their kids.  Is sharing the wealth sinful or not sinful? Depends.  Are you forcing people to live in almost dictatorial conditions or less than optimum quality conditions in a misguided notion of equality?  Sharing, tithing all of that has to be voluntary, not government mandated, so yes it is a sin to force distribution of wealth under government rule.  At the community level if the churches, synagogues etc.. create an email list and they let the needs of the community, people be known and people help voluntarily, fine, awesome.  Let people keep most of their money, of their earnings and let the local community be the one to distribute wealth.  No sin in that.  What of love, is all love okay? No, a parent that loves to the exclusion of boundaries is missing the mark of good parenting, of Godly parenting.  Love that takes advantage of another’s goodness and good heart is not a Godly love, the opposite.  Sin is about what is in the heart, boundaries and such.  Sin is about being selfish and destructive to self, other and society with maliciousness, with spite, or taking action with not caring about the consequences, not even measuring them, figuring out how to minimize them, though it is broken beyond repair and you know you have to move on.  Even in the political arena, laws, borders, boundaries matter, they matter to God, so they need to matter to us.  If you read scripture, that mattered to God, natural order, boundaries, even sexual natural order, hence the end of Soddom and Ghammorah.  Not as complex as sometimes church leaders would have us think. Hope this helps bring some clarity.

Shalom and Amen 

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Thanksgiving Nature and Thanks Decor

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Thanksgiving is a time of Thanks, and it can also be a time for teaching.  If we use nature for our decor, even lanterns, with candlelight to light them, we can teach young people about the bounty of God, about the beauty of creation, creative inspiration of the creator.  We can teach prayer to give thanks for all of that and to tap into the creativity of nature, that nature inspires.  Yes, the turkey and stuffing etc.. are yummy, let’s teach about thanks, about the creative love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Let’s make this a very spiritual  Thanksgiving, not just one of stuffing our faces.  Shalom and Amen