Immersion in Divine Love

On September 18, 2018, in Sunshine Cathedral, by Rev.Dr. Robert

Immersion in Divine Love Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins Let us dwell together in peace, and let us not be instruments of our own or others’ oppression. And now, may God’s word be spoken, may only God’s word be heard. Amen. I’m going to saturate you with pithy, wise sayings for a couple of minutes. One […]

Immersion in Divine Love
Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins

Let us dwell together in peace, and let us not be instruments of our own or others’ oppression. And now, may God’s word be spoken, may only God’s word be heard. Amen.

I’m going to saturate you with pithy, wise sayings for a couple of minutes. One after the other. I’ll tell you who said them but otherwise won’t provide much comment. I’m just letting empowering words wash over you today, as we’ll see Jesus instructed us to do. But we’ll get to that later. First, let’s just hear basically the same message shared over and over from some of the great mystics of our world:

(Spiritual Teacher from India, AK Mozumdar):
“We are forever united with God and can never be separated.”

(Rabbi Morris Lichtenstein was the co-founder of a metaphysical interpretation of Judaism):
“God is the soul, the essence of the universe, and the divine presence…fills the whole universe, every particle and atom of it.”

(William Woodfin was a lecturer on topics of spirituality):
“The creator is in creation. God does not exist out and apart from the universe, but is a part of it, is one with it.”
(Helen Wilmans was part of what was known as the Mental Science movement): “…there is but one Life, of which we are but individual manifestations.”

(Rev. Ike):
“God is within you. God lives in you, through you, as you.”

(Philosopher Eckhard Tolle):
“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.”

(Nona Brooks was a teacher and a Presbyterian who had a dramatic healing experience which led to understand God as omnipresence):
“Heaven is where God is and God is everywhere.” “…let us turn to our Basis, Omnipresence. This means God everywhere; therefore God includes me.”

(Emmet Fox was a very popular speaker in during the Depression and his books were widely read in the early days of the AA movement):
“It is not possible that you could ever find yourself anywhere where God was not fully present, fully active, able and willing to set you free.”

(Paramahansa Yogananda):
“Finding Thee first, God, I will find everything else in Thee.”

(Universal Foundation for Better Living founder, Johnnie Colemon):
“God is omnipresent, everywhere equally present…The divine nature of you is not hidden from you. It is always with you. It is you…You can never get away from who and whose you are.”

(Prolific author, Bishop John Shelby Spong):
“We must come back to a God who permeates life so deeply that our humanity becomes the very means through which we experience the Divine Presence.”

(Fannie B. James was Nona Brooks’ sister, and sort of the systematic theologian of the family):
“If God is omnipresence, there is nothing anywhere but God.”

“I know that God my life is nigh; I live in God, I cannot die.”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson):
“The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part and parcel of God.”

(Fenwicke Holmes was a Congregationalist minister who became a leader in the New Thought movement):
“I am the Inner Presence, forever nigh –
Whenever thou dost say, ‘I am’: I AM That I.”

(Divine Science minister Kathleen Besley):
“We cannot fear anything or anybody if we have the full realization that God is everywhere, that God is Love and that Love is the great power of life.”

(Modern dancer turned minister Helen Zagat):
“In our awareness of God as Omnipresence, we feel that Spirit cares for each one of us. We are never alone.”

Now, hear again the first verse of our processional hymn today:
“Always with me! I can never stray beyond God’s tender care, for our God is omnipresent, here and there and everywhere.”

And recall the prayer of protection that we sing at the end of the service:
“The Light of God surrounds us; the Love of God enfolds us. The Power of God protects us; the Presence of God watches over us. Wherever we are, God is!”

Jesus told his disciples to make more disciples, more students, find more people yearning to learn of God’s omnipresence. And he said baptize them, wash them, saturate them, hose them down, bathe them, immerse them in an awareness of God’s loving presence, and teach them to follow Jesus’ example and his dictates.

In Matthew, what are Jesus’ demands of us?
Turn the other cheek.
Go the extra mile.
Give to anyone who asks.
Love your enemies.
Pray for your tormentors.
Give generously and discreetly.
Forgive.
Avoid worry.
Proclaim God’s realm (presence).

“Follow me.”

So, the great commission is: Go out and teach people that God is omnipresent love, and show them how to live in the power of that truth.

It starts with knowing, owning, embracing, trusting, declaring, sharing, and celebrating this simple credo: There’s not a spot where God is not!

That simple understanding is immersion in divine love, and that is our purpose for ourselves, and our purpose as healers in the world. Immerse ourselves and the world in an awareness of omnipresent, unconditional, all-inclusive, everlasting love.

But what about the gays? – They’re part of God’s loving presence.

Transgender? – part of God’s loving presence.

People in recovery? – part of God’s loving presence.

People struggling with depression? – part of God’s loving presence.

Muslims? – part of God’s loving presence.

Atheists? – part of God’s loving presence (but don’t tell them…we don’t want to aggravate them).

People who have died? – part of God’s loving presence. (“I know that God my life is nigh…I live in God, I cannot die!”)

Catholics? Protestants? Mormons? Pets? Poor? Rich? Even mean people who don’t seem to get it at all?

No one is beyond the reach of God’s love. There is nothing outside of God. There is no outside. It is in God that we all –forever – live and move and have our being.

We can’t be lost. We can’t be damned. We can’t be forgotten. We can’t be abandoned. There’s not a spot where God is not.
Everyone is forever loved because everyone is part of the eternal Love that God is, the everywhere fully present Love that God is.

God is the Substance of our lives.
God is creator, creativity, and creation.
All-in-all, expressing in, through, and as all, giving all to all.
Knowing that, celebrating that, and sharing that is immersion in divine love. It’s the call of Christ for us today. It is the recipe for miracles. And this is the good news! Amen.

There’s not a spot where God is not.
I am immersed in divine love.
This gives me peace, power, and joy.
I share these gifts gladly.
Alleluia!
Amen.

 

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