Issue # 5
JAN - MAR 2001
A Spiritual Publication
Welcome to the true beginning
of the new millennium. This promises to be an adventurous time for
the spiritual seekers.
So join us on this spiritual
expedition into the mysterious future. We shall endeavor to explore
some of life's mysteries together, and to share ideas and stories which
guide us to a more sacred and enlightened way of life. Since all
of us are children of God, and share his light we are not so much about
living an extraordinary life, but about living life in a extraordinary
We will also continue for
this to serve in part as the unofficial news letter for our Church the
"Spiritual Chapel of Inner Light", so if you're looking for more information
on our services, you can always find it here. So welcome old friends and
new to this issue and the new year. My we all be blessed.
Hello to everyone
Hope your Holidays was
warm and enviting. We had a wonderful time in our new home, which
we have given thanks for time and again. Jeffrey and I learned to
appreciate more than ever after living in our RV for 2 1/2 years.
Our teenage daughter, Ashlee, has learned a great deal and is of
course still a teenager, although more appreciative than before.
Our animals, Mitzi and Unique love it...they have the freedom to roam.
We can actually be in
the kitchen together, what a concept :-). I took so much for granted,
such as a washer/dryer, dishwasher, garbage disposal, privacy, etc...none
of it meant anything without the love of my family. We went through
our trials and yet grew closer... the tight quarters in which we lived
were actually a blessing and our lives became richer because of it.
Love has a way of breaking through all pretend barriers and facing self
is the greatest gift that you could give yourself. So, I ask you,
are you worth the gift of life? If so, are you willing to take that
step to recognition? For me, I was worth discovering.....and it doesn't
have to look the same :-).
Be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid only of standing still.
-- Chinese Proverb--
Love, From Spirit
We wish to speak
of you with this New Year energy coming in around January 17th of your
time. This energy has a far reaching magnitude and your thoughts
will manifest in short order. Pay attention to your intent, as this
is the key to purity. Speak with your heart and it will shine
through. Your words are the vehicle to what harbors beneath the surface.
Expression of truth is a benefit to yourself and all you come into contact
with. Your ability to discern truth is becoming more apparent regardless
of words that are spoken. Many ask, "I am only one person - how can
I make a difference?" You are one person of many facets. These
facets being something which is not visible to the naked eye. When
you reach from within to that place of peace and contentment, you will
understand which we speak of. This essence lies within every individual
and the pure, profound existence of its creation can be visualized everyday
on your planet and within your own lives. It is the power of manifestation
and what you have chosen to create for yourself. You see, there truly
are no victims. Where in your life do you feel you have no choice?
Choice is what you are gifted with. Where in your life do you fear
moving forward? There are many opportunities that await you. When
you are willing to see you will see. When you are willing to hear,
you will hear. When you choose your path in faith and wisdom, your life
will unfold before you. Universal Abundance comes in all forms and
is available at all times....are you willing to receive the precious gifts
you Love, Light,
Joy and Abundance
Our greatest glory
is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Chapel of Inner Light
Reflecting on the past year, it has been an interesting road
indeed, which brings us to today. Our very first service of the “Chapel”
was held on January 2nd, 2000, the first Sunday of the new millennium.
Much has changed in us and our vision as we grew from embracing (and being
embraced by) the Modern Spiritualists in the NSAC (National Spiritualist
Assoc.. of Churches). I owe them much thanks for helping us with
information and the important encouragement which got the ball rolling
so to speak.
Then as we grew and as I was guided more and more into
my own calling, we found that our path must be separate, and that our beliefs
did not fit into that particular association’s. So operating
under the grace of God and the certification of one of our founding members,
Rev. Sherry Sellars, we have found we work well as a niche of the
Spiritual Science Church.
I will be Ordained this first Sunday of 2001, into that
same Church, which will mark the beginning of a life long ministry, and
a new way of life for me personally. Thus a New Year brings on new
and welcome changes yet again in our lives and our church.
We are still holding our services on every first and
third Sunday each month, and still in the clubhouse conference room of
the Sterling Apartments complex on highway 751, in Durham. We still
offer Spirit messages as a working portion of our service, and we still
focus on living an enlightened life through proper application and observance
of the Natural or Spiritual Laws found in all great religions.
If you are interested in sharing your beliefs and light
with us, you are certainly welcome, as this year will be a more powerful
and focused year than the one before. I personally will be more active
in the work of bringing light to the services, now that my calling is becoming
crystal clear. Soon we will publish a more in depth calendar than
that on page 7. In 2001 we will be holding a bimonthly unfoldment
class, after the each Sunday Service, and several seminars including Diane’s
“Self Discovery Through Divine Channel's” Class, an Astrology Seminar by
Rev. Sherry Sellars, and even a class on building your own serenity fountains
by me later in the year. 2001 has much to offer and we look forward
to making new friends and new discoveries about the God light in all of
us. We hope you will join us on the adventure, but for whatever
paths in life you choose, whether they cross ours again or not, we wish
you the Highest and best of success.
Watching a popular TV show on the PAX network™ the other night brought
to me a thought I shared in service one Sunday, and which I would like
to share with you as well. On this particular episode of Its a Miracle”
there was a story about a couple meant to be. They met in church,
he was the junior pastor, she a new lady in town, sitting in the back rows
of this unfamiliar congregation. Both felt a strong connection at
first sight, yet neither was the type to approach the other. Over
the course of weeks they would each see the other and finally attend a
church study/prayer group together as a sort of neutral turf first date.
The young woman was spending a lot of time with her terminally ill
mother, at this same time, so a short time later, before this budding romance
had any real chance to develop, it was interrupted as the Mother took a
turn for the worse. The young woman made a terribly hard choice and
moved back Home to be with her Mother, knowing it would almost certainly
end any possible relationship. Not long afterwards, the Mother died,
her last words were to her beloved Daughter, an encouragement that she
would be fine and find happiness.
Meanwhile a mutual friend of the young “almost” couple told the young
Pastor of the mothers death. He was torn inside, as he felt strongly
about this young woman though he still barely knew her. So he knelt
in the Church one evening, and he prayed to God for an answer to his overwhelmed
emotions and feeling for the young woman.
Then a man walked up to the pastor and interrupted his prayer.
The man was not one of the normal congregation, in fact the pastor had
never seen him before, but he said: “excuse me, I know you are deep in
prayer, but you have in mind a young woman and you are wondering if you
are meant to be together. You are and you will marry her and live
a long and happy life together, I just thought you should know that.”
With that the visitor excused himself and left never to be seen again.
So the young man set out to find his love and surprised her in the
church near her home where she was praying for guidance now only a couple
days after her moms death. She looked at him and said “ Oh I am so
glad to see you” to which he replied, “didn’t you know I would come, Will
you marry me”. Her shock took her immediately from sobs to laughter,
from tears of pain and loneliness to tears of joy. And So they were
married, and are still happily so today, over two decades later.
The Moral of my story is not about the miracle in itself occurring,
but about being a part of any such miracle. Any one of us could be
the one who receives a message, a knowing of something important that is
to be delivered to a total stranger. Wouldn't it be grand to be the
man who interrupted a prayer with an answer? We are all angels,
all made of the stuff of God, so why not ask to be in his service and see
what miracles we can make happen?
Reality can be just like the lyrics of a popular song, "we're on the
side of Angels after all."
With Love and Light
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