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Denise’s Daring Daydreams 07/24/2015

unnamedWhew! It has sure been hot over the last few weeks and many times I have just wanted a long tall glass of cold water. Even mine and Judy’s dogs have seemed to drink more water over the last two weeks. It’s quite magical how something cool can quench your thirst and make everything better, even if just for a moment. In thinking about this further, I began to remember a parable that Jesus the Master Teacher shared with his disciples. The parable is found in Luke 16: 19-31. I believe most of us have heard the parable, and I believe most of us have misunderstood or been taught to misunderstand what Jesus was saying to the Rich Man and Lazarus.

If you remember, the story there were two men, one a rich man who was given no name, and a poor man identified as Lazarus who was a beggar. And as the story goes, they both died; and the poor man found himself resting in Abraham’s Bosom while the rich man found himself in a very hot place needing a cool drink of water. He actually asks Abraham to dip his finger in water and touch it to his tongue so he can get some relief.

Now for many years I have heard this story interpreted that because the rich man did not do anything for the poor man he went to hell and burned for all eternity; and the poor man got to go to live I paradise for all eternity because I guess God feels sorry for the poor and will scoop them all up and take them to heaven when they die? When you interpret the story that way, it would seem that it would be better for all of us to be poor. And it also would seem that those of us who are experiencing wealth in any way should be vigilant going out there and giving to the people who are experiencing poverty or we will find ourselves in hell someday. Unfortunately, we have totally missed the deliciousness of this story as it applies to Knocking on the Door of Heaven. And – that door is found right inside when we stop and realize the magic that is there.

What was Jesus attempting to share with his disciples that would have any bearing on my life in 2015? I’m glad you asked! I can tell you that we will be diving in and doing a little dissecting of this parable on Sunday morning – hopefully to share with each of us the real meaning is in cultivating Abundance Consciousness. Our own Scott Rattray stated in a meeting last Saturday between the board and the finance team; it’s not about the numbers. I know that when we are looking at numbers and the ability to buy what we want or to pay for the services we need – It sure feels like it is about the numbers. But Jesus our Master teacher was giving us some “Sweet Magic”, and a metaphysical look into what living the Abundant Life is all about. Both men had to have major paradigm shifts in the way they were thinking about their lives.

I am going to quote Jill Sissel and Mike Kuhl who wrote an amazing song, sung last Sunday evening in the Sherrie Phillips Concert. If you missed it, this song had a true Santana feel. It has run through my mind every day for the last week. Breathe into this verse: When I can see through the smoke and mirrors – and get past this worn out illusion; Then my passions are free and it’s up to me to see that it’s only illusion. Thank you Jill for reminding each of us, when we feel overwhelmed, or when our world feels lonely, sad, tragic etc…..

I found some real magic in my life. I found some real magic tonight.
This world can be so sad and tragic Unless you’re feeling’ that sweet magic.
Sweet magic be with me tonight.

Join me on Sunday to create a little Sweet Magic.
Namaste’ Rev. D

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 07/16/2015

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 Denise's Daring Daydreams

When you read the word Heaven – what do you think?  Do you see visions of streets of gold and pearly gates?  Do you see people walking around on clouds playing harps?  Do you hear celestial music sung by angels?  Or – do you hear old hymns like “No tears in Heaven, No sorrows given, All will be glory in that land, There’ll be no sadness, All will be gladness, When we will join that happy band. “   I don’t know about you but I’m ready to sign up to play in that band.  How does that happen – no sadness – all gladness? 

Over the years I have contemplated that very statement thousands of times.  As a teenager who loved to sing, I enjoyed singing Alto on that particular song.  As the sopranos sang “No tears”… and held that note for a few beats, the altos got to sing “in heaven fair”.  Then the sopranos sang again “No tears”, and the altos added “No tears up there.”  I remember asking one of my Bible Teachers at David Lipscomb, how could there be a place where there are no tears or no sadness?   That seemed very confusing to me because I had also been told that many people were not going to “make it to heaven.”  I had even been told by my own mother that my grandfather, her own father, had gone to hell because he had not accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior. 

I could not begin to imagine how I could ever be happy in heaven if I knew that some of the people I loved were not there.  Maybe I didn’t want to go to such an exclusive kind of resort.  Of course I did not want to sign up to go to Hell.  That sounded very scary – whoever that old Devil was.   I heard that he took great pride in heaping coals of fire on people’s heads.  It was not until I got to Unity Seminary classes that I learned that the word heaven comes from the Hebrew word Shamayim which translates “heights”, “high places” or “elevation”.  Also – if you look closely – you will see that the word Shamayim is very similar to the word Shaman which brings to mind a mystic or one who understands the dimensions beyond what we can see. 

I hope that you will join us at Unity of Music City over the next two Sundays.  We will be diving into the metaphysical deep end of the pool as we take a look at what Heaven really is, and how we can create that dimension right here right now.  This Sunday Jackie Sully will be gifting us with Special Music and I actually heard that Sherrie Phillips might be in the house and we could entice her to sing one also.  Remember Heaven is a choice that you can make, every moment of every day.  “Would you know my name – If I saw you in heaven?”      
Namaste’  Rev. D