November – 2015
Nov 1 – All Saints/All Souls
Wisdom of Solomon 3.1, 3
“The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God…they are at peace.”
The wisdom of Marcus Tullius Cicero
“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”
The wisdom of Robert Green Ingersoll
“In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.”
“I heard a loud voice…saying, ‘See, the home of God is among mortals. God will dwell with them as their God; they will be God’s peoples, and God will be with them to wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more…’”
The wisdom of Aristotle
“Of all the varieties of virtue, generosity is the most beloved.”
“Those who give freely seem to enjoy more.”
The wisdom of Suze Orman
“True generosity is an offering, giving freely and out of pure love, no strings attached.”
“Jesus sat down opposite the collection, and watched the crowd putting money into it. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins…Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than anyone else. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she gave all that she possibly could.’”
The wisdom of Marianne Williamson
“The circumstances of my life may go up and down, for the mortal world is changeable. The immortal world, however, is changeless, for there is only love. I build my house on the rock of the immortal world…I extend my perception beyond what my senses perceive, to what my heart knows is true. I withdraw my belief that I need anyone or anything to be other than what they are, in order for me to be secure. I know that whenever fear expresses itself, love will ultimately prevail. Therefore I need not fear…nor despair. To the extent to which I see what is truly true, I see only cause for happiness.
Happiness is the choice I make today. It does not rest on my circumstances, but on my frame of mind. I surrender to God any emotional habits that lead me down the path of unhappiness, and pray for guidance in shifting my thoughts.”
Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to GOD, “You are my provider; I have no good apart from you.”
…The HOLY ONE is my chosen portion and my cup…I have a goodly heritage.
I bless our God who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
I am always mindful of the divine Presence in my life, and therefore, I shall not be shaken.
And so it is that my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.
For God does not give up on me…I behold the path of life. In the divine Presence there is fullness of joy; God offers joy forevermore.
Nov 22 – Reign of Christ Sunday
“The holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever and ever.”
John 18.33, 36-38
“Pilate summoned Jesus and asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jewish people?’ Jesus answered, ‘My domain is not from this world. If my realm were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over…But as it is, my realm is not from here.’
Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. I’m just here to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to what I have to say.’
Pilate asked him, ‘What is truth?’ After Pilate had said this, he went out to the waiting crowd and told them, ‘I find no case against him.’”
Nov 26 – Thanksgiving Day
I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter…
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of your God who has dealt wondrously with you…
You shall know that I am in your midst, and that I am your God…
Nov 29 – Advent 1
From “Saved From Salvation” by Rev Dr Durrell Watkins
“Redemption is another word that has been misused to the point of being almost irredeemable itself. But I remember ‘redeeming’ coupons and soda bottles many years ago. A fifty cent coupon was worth fifty cents, a soda bottle or aluminum can also had a predetermined value. To redeem something was to claim its value. Redemption for me isn’t about being saved from worthlessness, but, rather, having our innate worth, our sacred value affirmed, claimed, acknowledged. To be redeemed is to be reminded that our essence is whole and holy and at our core we are amazing beings of energy, beauty, and unlimited potential.”
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Human One coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”