January – 2016
The Wisdom of Carley Dawson
“The all-wise, omnipresent Spirit is a Spirit of Love. It guides me into all good. It will never leave me. I no longer live in ignorance of who and what I am. I am a spiritual being. I live in a Life that is constant and on-going and continually expanding in Light and Love. Gratefully, I shall grow in it and with it eternally.”
John 1.2-5, 10
2 The Word was with God in the beginning.
3 Everything came into being through the Word,
and without the Word
nothing came into being.
What came into being
4 through the Word was life,
and the life was the light for all people.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.
10 The light was in the world,
and the world came into being through the light,
but the world didn’t recognize the light.
Arise! Shine! Your light has come;
divine glory has shone upon you.
2 Though darkness covers the earth
and gloom the nations,
God will shine upon you;
God’s glory will appear over you.
Matthew 2.1-5, 7-12
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem…during the rule of King Herod, magi came from the east to Jerusalem. 2 They asked, “Where is the newborn Jewish king? We’ve seen his star in the east, and we’ve come to honor him.”
3 When King Herod heard this, he was troubled… 4 He gathered all the chief priests and the legal experts and asked them where the Anointed One was to be born. 5 They said, “In Bethlehem of Judea, according to the prophecy…”
7 Then Herod secretly called for the magi and found out from them the time when the star had first appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you’ve found him, report to me so that I too may go and honor him.” 9 When they heard the king, they went; and look, the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stood over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. 11 They entered the house and saw the child with Mary his mother. Falling to their knees, they honored him. Then they opened their treasure chests and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 Because they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by another route.
The wisdom of Pliny the elder
“In wine, there is truth.”
The wisdom of Marty Rubin
“Drink freely the wine life offers you and don’t worry how much you spill.”
The wisdom of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
There was a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and 2 Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration.3 When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They don’t have any wine.”
4 Jesus replied, “Woman, what does that have to do with me? My time hasn’t come yet.”
5 His mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Nearby were six stone water jars used for the Jewish cleansing ritual, each able to hold about twenty or thirty gallons.
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water,” and they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some from them and take it to the headwaiter,” and they did. 9 The headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine. He didn’t know where it came from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew.
The headwaiter called the groom 10 and said, “Everyone serves the good wine first. They bring out the second-rate wine only when the guests are drinking freely. You kept the good wine until now.”
11 This was the first miraculous sign that Jesus did in Cana of Galilee…
The wisdom of Vida Reed Stone
“The entire concept of cosmic living lies in the eternal fact that God is all. There is but One Pow¬er, moving for good, throughout the entire uni¬verse. When our divine nature is fully awakened, we will know this and live in harmonious relation¬ship with all people.
Only as we realize the depth and wonder of this concept shall we have a strong incentive for cosmic living. Dwelling in consciousness upon the oneness of all life and our inter-relatedness with all that is, we naturally and spontaneously express a spirit of understanding and good will.
As we recognize that God’s power and strength are present at every point of space, as we desire sincerely to live a cosmic life, the life of wholeness, balance, and in peace, we shall receive all the inspiration and support we need from the great storehouse of universal Life.”
Jesus came to Nazareth where he had been reared. As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to the meeting place. When he stood up to read, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,
God’s Spirit is on me;
God has chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor,
Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and
recovery of sight to the blind,
To set the burdened and battered free,
to announce, “This is God’s year to act!”
He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the assistant, and sat down. Every eye in the place was on him, intent. Then he started in, “You’ve just heard Scripture make history. It came true just now in this place.”
The wisdom of Vernon Shields
Jesus lived in the awareness of his oneness with God, in the awareness that God responds and provides when faith is expressed.
You have faith. Use it. Direct it toward God, toward the highest and best.
Affirm now with feeling: “I have faith in God, the Good, and my faith draws to me an abundance of every good thing. Thank you, [God].”
The wisdom of Grace L. Faus
When we find within ourselves the Spirit of the Living God, life becomes more thrilling than it ever was. Living with God is a great adventure, living, we might almost say, as God. For when we realize that “I and the Divine are one,” we realize that our life is God living through us, and this becomes tremendous and exciting.
Those who [heard Jesus speak] said, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son, the one we’ve known since he was a youngster?”
…Jesus answered: “No prophet is ever welcomed in his or her hometown. Isn’t it a fact that there were many widows in Israel at the time of Elijah during that three and a half years of drought when famine devastated the land, but the only widow to whom Elijah was sent was in Sarepta in Sidon? And there were many lepers in Israel at the time of the prophet Elisha but the only one cleansed was Naaman the Syrian.”
That set everyone in the meeting place seething with anger. They threw him out, banishing him from the village, then took him to a mountain cliff at the edge of the village to throw him to his doom, but he gave them the slip and was on his way.