If we are to take the metaphysical meaning of Christmas seriously, we would do well to eschew all things material in the celebration of it. What if we completely spiritualized all of Christmas? There would no need for gift exchange; no need for holiday dinners; no need for the hustle and bustle that creates so much stress and distress in our lives. When we come to realize how to glorify God in the highest, it will naturally follow that there will be peace on earth and good will toward men.
When we begin to have a larger sense of proportion and wider perspective on life as a series of impermanent, uncontrollable events, then we can begin to appreciate the truth that each moment offers us a choice- to transcend ordinary life and reach for the sacred. It’s right there- wherever we are!
Sometimes is just seems like life is stacked against us, right? Bad things happen to innocent bystanders, good people suffer personal tragedy, children get sick and die. Humankind has long pondered why these things happen. Issue of human suffering is especially difficult if we profess to believe in a benevolent God. In this weeks lesson, taken from Pam Grouts book, Living Big, she reminds us that happiness is a choice. From personal anecdotes to scientific studies, this Sunday we will get a refresher course on how to choose happiness no matter what shows up in our lives!
The 12 Power banner for Imagination that hangs in our sanctuary says: envision good unfolding in every area of my life. But what if imagination is even bigger and better than that? Pam Grout sees imagination as a power that frees us. It can free us from ruts, from boredom and from a life lived too safely. If we are created in the image and likeness of the Creator of the Universe, shouldn’t we claim our destiny as the creative, magical beings we were meant to be? Today, we will explore some baby steps to unlocking the creative genius that lives in us all!