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“Hope lies in having more faith in the power of God to heal us than in the power of anything to hurt or destroy us.” ~Marianne Williamson

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December, 2018

Restoring the Image.

 

Generations of exposure to the elements of nature, severity, and neglect leave an opaque film over the original image of the painting. Restoration is the delicate and tedious process of removing the effects of that pollution, revealing the image as it was first created, and as the artist intended it to be seen.

The person doing the restoring not only has to understand the chemical processes and techniques used for restoration, they also have to be aware of the artist’s work so that the original aesthetic remains when the restoration is complete.

How then can the residue of our own exposure to the world be removed, and the image of the divine within us be restored?

If we compare the intent of many, if not all, of the spiritual traditions of the world, we have our answer. Each one of them, in its own way, is pointing us to the truth of our nature – we are the very image of the divine, awaiting the time when our awareness and ownership of that truth is fully realized.

Then we’ll begin to see ourselves and each other with all the color and brilliance of our original light.

See you Sunday for one service at 10am,
Franklin

December, 2018

In Today’s News: Infinite Joy to You and to All!

 

JOY is the topic for Sunday.  ‘Tis the season for “tidings of great joy!” There are so many lovely verses that speak of this, that proclaim it with whole and emphatic trust. The Hope and Peace and Love which we have explored the past 3 weeks lead us unswervingly into Joy.

 

Charles Fillmore said that joy is the happiness of God, expressed through humankind. And the Psalms speak of ALL creatures, all creation, expressing God’s joy.

 

What is this joy that all sacred traditions proclaim?

 

A friend told me recently about a conversation on “what brings you joy.” As we talked about it, we began to realize that the things being described sounded more like, “What brings you pleasure?”

 

Once again I was reminded that Joy is a deep state that emanates from inside of us. It is part of our being. I love the song from the Sound of Music about “My Favorite Things.” It’s a great celebration of things – like kittens and mittens and such – that make the singer feel happy.

 

Happy as those are, however, they do not define the Joy about which the spiritual traditions speak. As Desmond Tutu says in The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and the archbishop:

“Joy is much bigger than happiness. While happiness is often seen as being dependent on external circumstances, joy is not.”

 

I hope you can join us Sunday for our Advent celebration of Joy, which will include special music by our wonderful Unitics band.

 

In Joy,

Peggy

 

I invite you to say this affirmation continuously, letting its meaning radiate into your entire being:

 

I am God’s joy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.

December, 2018

Carriers of Love.

This Sunday is the traditional Advent celebration of Love. Love is my favorite topic and yet in some ways it’s the hardest to talk about…

It is Everything.

It is Who We Are.

It is All That Matters.

 

Bette Midler’s performance of “The Rose” goes deep into my heart and soul every time I hear it. I also find the lyrics profound… especially the words, “I say Love, it is a flower, and you, its only seed.”

 

Upon looking up the origins of the song, I learned that the songwriter, Amanda McBroom, had a spiritual experience in which the song basically wrote itself! In her description of writing it, she ends with expressing her eternal gratitude, “…to the Universe for speaking to me in the first place and for showing me what I truly believe.”

 

I love thinking about being a seed of the flower that is Love. It’s another way of saying that I am a child of God, for God IS Love.

 

Another image that came to me this week is that of being a carrier oil. In aromatherapy, certain strong essential oils are diluted by a “carrier oil,” so that the potent oil does not burn or irritate. Maybe we are like a carrier oil for the essence of Love!

 

As part of our reflections on Light and Love, Shannell Sedgwick will share a personal miracle story of a longed-for, unexpected birth.

 

Blessings and Love,

Peggy

PS – Don’t forget to take time to go into your own Inner Stillness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.

 

December, 2018

Tending the Peace Light.

 

This Sunday, as we continue the theme of bringing light to darkness, we will focus on the light of Peace. I am always deeply moved and challenged by stories of people who are able to be deeply peaceful in the midst of truly challenging circumstances. Gandhi, of course, comes to mind. He taught that practicing peace called for being truthful, gentle, and fearless.

 

But there are many people who practice peace day after day in ways that inspire me. Perhaps you know people like that. Perhaps you ARE people like that!! It is certainly one of Unity’s primary teachings. I invite you to share your stories with us on Sunday. The more we hear these examples, the more we recognize that it’s not just famous people who can inspire and encourage us. We are surrounded by examples every day.

 

I have long been touched by the poem below that reminds me that peace is not passive. It calls for active courage!

 

Much love,

Peggy

 

Waging Peace by Sarah Klassan

(How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace. Isaiah 52: 7)

“…You might as well

wage peace as war. You’d have to stand

exposed at the crossroads of unguarded anger,

a presence, not an absence,

not gritting your teeth. Forcing your clenched hands

open. Your heart’s hard core

and everything the stubborn mind conceals

revealed. Disarmed

you may become disarming,

the terror in your unmasked face

radiant, your unshod, wounded feet beautiful

beyond words.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.