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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 04/11/19

Unity of Music City is focusing during the Month of April on the Yin & Yang of Transformation.  Last Sunday I shared the story of Maybe So, Maybe Not – Who knows – We shall see. I believe that many of us have begun to wake up to the fact that we label things good and bad before we actually know the unfolding of the situation and how our lives will actually play out. 

What if we looked at events or situations and said, “It Just Is?”  Byron Katie wrote in, A Mind At Home With Itself:

When I woke up to reality in 1986, I realized that all my suffering had come from arguing with what is. I had been deeply depressed for many years, and I had blamed the world for all my problems. Now I saw that my depression had nothing to do with the world around me; it was caused by what I believed about the world. I realized that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that.”

Some of us have thought that we have, or had to suffer because of old programming or teaching.  Isn’t it time to let that old programming go?  How could our personal suffering help or assist anyone including ourselves in creating a life of Love Joy & Peace? If you have been postponing your freedom, join us on Sunday morning as Martha Creek shares her humor and pearls of wisdom about ‘Freeing Ourselves’. 

Katie also says:  “When we reach the ‘other’ shore (freedom), we realize that we have been there all along.  It just took a bit of letting go and releasing to wake up to that fact.” 

Set Yourself Free!
Rev. Denise


Denise’s Daring Daydreams 04/04/19

Frederick  Buechner, an American writer and theologian said “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”  Sharif Abdullah, author of Creating a World That Works For All took Buechner’s statement went a bit deeper.  Sharif said, “Where is your terror?  There lies the direction of your compassion.” 

I know the first time I read that statement, it felt a bit larger than it does today.  I was just beginning to understand the words at a deeper level – and then comes Fred Rogers and the movie, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 

There were several of us who experienced the movie together.  At the end of the time there were tears and lots of discussion about what we had seen, heard and felt.  Mr. Rogers was such a kind person who believed in sharing goodness and love with everyone he met. 

Fred was not wearing rose colored glasses and he believed that part of what was lacking in our world was love or the lack thereof.  He believed necessity is the mother of invention and in saying that shared this quote:

“Sometimes we need to struggle

with the tragedy

to feel

the gravity of love.”

 Join us on Sunday morning as myself and some of the youth give us an experience of the Yin & Yang of Transformation.  Our own Ryan Gill will be sharing special music and our young people will be sharing “Youth Who Have Made A Difference.”  These are stories about young people who experienced a tragedy or loss and used that tragedy to create more love in the world. 

Interested? . . . . .I definitely hope so.  It’s going to take each of us to turn this thing around.

Rev. Denise