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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 06/13/2019


Sunday is Father’s Day and that day always brings with it many emotions.  It is interesting that preparing for Sunday I am thinking more about my Grandfather, my father’s father.  Maybe it is because I am sitting on the deck of Harmony Haven, my river retreat, and being flooded with thoughts of me and my grandfather riding in one of his boats up and down this very river when I was a young girl.  It seems kind of surreal that I would now have a home on the very same river just a few miles downstream 40 years later.    

I began to think about the things my grandfather taught me about living in the flow of life.  These are simple thoughts that he lived and modeled for all his grandchildren even when it was apparent that other adults seemed to think the way he chose to live his life was a bit unconventional.  The biggest thing I remember about my grandfather was that he just oozed happiness and fun.  All his grandchildren loved spending time with him because it was a great adventure every time we were there.  He definitely had a way of living in the moment and becoming a “little child.”    

You see the minute my grandfather was able to retire, he immediately moved to Linden, TN buying a home on the Tennessee River.  He then became a commercial fisherman of sorts.  This was in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  I spent many hours with him up and down the river, putting bait on trotlines only to return hours later to take fish off those same lines. (Yes I’ve touched many a fish and worm and minnow in my life.)  My grandfather provided most of the fish for several big fish fries in the area each summer along with cookouts for friends, family and the local church.  You would never go hungry if my grandfather had anything to do with it.     

The first big lesson I learned from my Grandfather was, “Do what you love because it will bless everyone around you.”  You see my grandfather’s favorite thing was being on the river in a boat and fishing.  So it is not a surprise that when he retired he moved to a home on the river with my grandmother even when several members of his family couldn’t understand why he wanted to do that.  I remember great times there with my cousins catching lightning bugs and putting them in jars, getting up early in the morning and going out on the boat and watching the sun come up over the water.  Of course who could forget sitting outside late at night and listening to the whippoorwills sing.  And all of the fish fries with people coming to his home for miles around just to be in the company of love and compassion. 

Another lesson he taught was to be alert and pay attention to the detours the river may offer you.  Sometimes when we were riding down the river in one of his boats we might come upon sections of the river that were filled with logs, etc. that had ended up there from a storm.  I remember times when we had to be willing to go around the logs paying attention to the depth of the water and to not get stuck in the mud.  Sometimes that meant turning the motor off and paddling to make it through a tight place.  Metaphysically that happens in all of our lives.  We seem to be moving forward and all of sudden we are aware of obstacles in our path.  Now What?  Reset and Readjust – slow down for a moment.   

There were so many different things I learned just from being in his presence.  I hope to share these with you during Sunday’s Lesson as we focus on “What are the Missing Pieces to Living in the Flow?”  Our Special Music will be provided by Ryan Gill and our Praise and Worship Team.  We will also have a special reading by John Ricks for Father’s Day.   

When life seems to throw obstacles in front of you remember – Stay in the flow.  Be like Water.  Water will always flow around any obstacles in your path. 

Rev. Denise 

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 05/30/19

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy….or is it?  On Wednesday I was a part of several gatherings at Unity of Music City, two of which were classes that I was facilitating and two were just small groups that I met with for information sharing.  In each of the gatherings, it seems either I or someone in the group were reminding each other who we came here to be.  Of course we are a Unity Community so you should not be surprised. 

One of the gatherings was Lunch Bunch in which we discussed a wide range of topics including how we, as human beings, lose sight of our divine purpose just through the process of assimilating into the human form and attempting to “fit in.”   Another was our Metaphysics Class “Living the Unity Way of Life” which I must say was very invigorating for the persons who attended.  (The Namaste’ Café was full of not only persons, but also intimate and soul stirring conversations within this spiritual community). 

How do you answer the question, “Who Have I Come Here To Be?”  And how do you know when you have arrived at the answer for you?  This Sunday is one of our awesome Multigenerational Services and also a part of it will be a “graduation” of sorts for the youth that are in attendance.  A graduation can be from one school year to the next or for some, a shift to a new and exciting experience.  And when we graduate, or get the information and education we “signed up for,” then what?  Do you remember those days – maybe you are still experiencing them today in your human form.   

We will be reminding the youth and they will be reminding us that there is a power and presence within each of us that is greater than anything that might be happening in this human condition, whether the experience is something we label good or bad.  That presence and power is the same spark that carried us into this human form.  Isn’t it time we remembered?    Michael Elley will be sharing with us special music that will assist each of us in connecting in a different vibrational way to the true essence of being. 

See each of you at 11:00 on Sunday.  Come be a part of the goodness of Unity. 

Rev. Denise