How few there are
who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend
them. – Benjamin Franklin
This Week at Unity Church of the Tri-Cities
January 8th, the topic will be “Releasing the Old (with Dissolving
Bowl Ritual). We will also write our Letters to God. It will be supported by our popular “rockin’ reverent” music as well as traditional music of the season. The service will begin at 11am at Samadhi Healing Arts Center, 423 W. Walnut St., Johnson City. Please stay for coffee and conversation. The Lending Library will be open before and after the service.
In Case of Inclement Weather . . .
It’s that time of year when we begin to check the weather conditions before setting out to go somewhere, including church. In the unlikely (but possible) event that weather prevents us from actually conducting our church service, we will post a notification on our Facebook page and on our web site as early as Saturday night before the service, if possible. Otherwise, it will be there by 9am Sunday morning.
The Quest: A Journey of Spiritual Rediscovery by Richard and Mary-Alice Jafolla. God’s omnipotence is precisely why there can be no evil. If God is perfect good, in every “place,” and has all power, then there can be no “place” where evil can have power. Just as there can be no fire in a universe of water, so there can be no evil power in a universe of good. We realize this brings up the very legitimate question of “if there is only one Power operating in and through us and It’s good (God), then who or what generates all that we consider to be ‘bad’?” The answer is quite simple. While the power in us is most assuredly God’s, we have been given the freedom to use it in any way we desire [free will]. The power of electricity provides us a good analogy. We can use it to light cities, run machines, and make our lives easier. We can also use it to execute people in an electric chair.
Atomic energy is another strong analogy. It can provide power for our homes and light up a city when used for peaceful means or it can annihilate a city when deployed for destructive means. We humans determine how we use it.
And it is we who decide how to allow God’s power to express itself in our lives. No matter in which direction we use it, itstill is the power of God. Sound startling? It just proves that we have been entrusted with such a power as well as the ability to determine its expression in our lives. Furthermore, since the only power is God, and God’s plan for us is only good, we have to assume, and trust that even when in some areas there appears to be “evil”, there is always a larger, higher plan for good. We may not be able to see it, but it’s there. (This puzzling question of “evil” will be covered in further teachings.)
God also has universal knowledge. God is omniscient. God knows all things. More correctly, God is Omniscience. God is All-Knowledge, which is all knowingness. The mind of God is universal and encompasses all things. How could it be otherwise? How could the ultimate Creative Force not totally embrace all knowledge? It is all knowledge. And that’s great news, too, because it means there is an answer to every problem, to every challenge in our lives. Here’s why: Since we are part of God, our own minds are part of God’s mind. God’s mind operates through us! This means we have access to all of the intelligence in the universe.
Follow us weekly as we go exploring on The Quest. More hints along the path of spiritual rediscovery will be revealed each wee
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Rev. Carolyn Claiborne, Minister