Dear friends, I have never been much of a religionist, at least not since God spoke to me in meditation while I was in the military. I was working as a chaplain’s assistant and had the opportunity for a regular prayer schedule each day. I faced confusion over religious accuracy. I personally supported a Methodist minister, a Catholic priest, and a Jewish rabbi. This required that I do research in preparation for creating their materials. Of course there was a great difference in philosophy among the three, so I asked God, “God which teaching is right?” His response guides me to this day, now 50 years later. God said, “No single teaching contains all truth, but there is some truth in all teachings. Keep me in your heart and you will know which teachings pertain to you.”
Two items that stay with me are shown below. They bring me peace and purpose. I try to find time to read and contemplate them every day. Perhaps they may help you also.
GALATIANS 4:7 ~ “Wherefore thou art no more a servant but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” I love this verse. It was given to me by a priest at a Mass I attended with a Catholic friend shortly before my book, “I am the Father’s Son” was published. No words could better describe the feeling I have about my relationship with God, and the words fit so perfectly with the theme of the book. God is a loving and generous God and Father. As we enter the beginning of a new year in our lives, let us celebrate the gift of God’s parentage in our lives, and let us never forget that every day that we are alive is a blessing, filled with opportunity and promise and the potential of a miracle.
I start each day with a short but sincere prayer of thanksgiving, simply: “Thank you Father for your wondrous love and blessings and for this day of life.” Some of you know that 2015 was a difficult health year for me. I am totally convinced that as I stood at death’s door, it was God himself who took my hand and walked me back into life. This verse also exemplifies our philosophy at “Mystiques~West”. God’s miracles are seen throughout the world every single day, so why not you and why not today? God’s blessings to you and yours as you enjoy the season and the coming of a new year, remember, we are ALL the sons and daughters of God.
Most of us wish for the day when we can bring about change in the world; an opportunity to make the world better than it was when we arrived in it. Sadly, few people are given the opportunity to do something on a magnificent scale, and these days, many who have been given the opportunity choose to seek out notoriety rather than acclaim. However, the opportunity is still available to all of us on an individual scale.
Someone once said that doing something great is no more difficult that doing something small every single day. Surely, St. Mother Teresa had no idea what her destiny held when she decided to become a nun, and Abe Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King could not possibly have conceived the impact they would have on the world. In all cases of greatness, there is not a single account of anyone who became great after a single effort. Even J.K. Rolling of “Harry Potter” fame simple wanted to write about ideas she had as a youth. She never conceived that her simple ‘scratchings’ as she called them, would become a world-wide phenomena. She simply took it a little at a time and remained humble and appreciative.
For me, St. Francis had it all figured out. If we all just followed the message in his prayer, we could change the world for the better in record time.
St. Francis Prayer
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.