You are a Psychic Healer!

About twenty years ago the company I was working for sent me to Los Angeles for training. In my free time I visited Venice Beach. I saw the “Chainsaw Juggler,” Muscle Beach, and there was a Tarot reader sitting on a blanket along the public pedestrian thoroughfare. I sat down with him, and we had a nice chat. He told me that the card foretold that I was to become a psychic healer. Me? A P-S-Y-C-H-I-C H-E-A-L-E-R? I walked away entertained, as that was all the young man had promised, entertainment.

This week I remembered that conversation. A co-worker’s brother had fallen off a horse and sustained serious injuries. It was apparent that this co-worker was experiencing anguish. I wanted to help. I stopped by the flower shop and purchased an arrangement for this lady. The flowers were purple and the arrangement was adorned with a purple butterfly. I know that purple is her favorite color.

When she came in to work to find the arrangement on her desk, she seemed touched and pleased with my sincere gesture of concern. I could do nothing for her injured brother, but maybe my co-worker was healed, even if just a little, by my kindness.

I am sure that most of us can multiply this kind of gesture, with our prayers and concerns and kindness, a hundred thousand times during our lifetimes. Maybe we all take a turn at being the “Psychic Healer.”

Jesus healed physical illness and injury. Yet, He also healed us emotionally and healed our psyches. All of the parables he spoke pointed to this fact.

And then, after He left this Earth, we had His Holy Spirit, and the Apostle Paul, with all his encouragement and instruction.

Just as it takes more than a surprise flower arrangement to fill the gap we can experience just by virtue of the fact that we live our lives here on Earth, maybe we could all be more aware of the emotional needs of each other. A kind word, a sentiment of encouragement, a small gift. With all these things we can all help heal each other and maybe touch each other with the God-given inspiration that is richly bestowed on us through the Holy Spirit. Have faith.

Wendy S.

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Turn the Other Cheek? Peace!

Ahh, the Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes’, the Lord’s Prayer. So much is given in this sermon, but so much is asked!

We are asked to give without thanks to charity. We are asked to pray in secret. But most perplexing, we are asked to love and pray for our enemies. Can this all be a mistake?

Smack in the middle of the great Sermon on the Mount, we are told to “turn the other cheek.” If someone strikes us on one cheek, we are instructed to offer the other cheek.

The Sermon on the Mount is a foretaste of Utopia. Utopia, where nothing but goodness matters. Where all His teachings and example come to fruition. The world that God has wanted for us from the beginning.

But, I digress. What about this “turn the other cheek stuff?” What’s that all about? It certainly doesn’t sound like Utopia!

Well the basis for that statement stems from our personal relationship with God, and especially through His son, Jesus, the Christ, who came to us to instruct us in the ways of Utopia and the road to world peace.

“Turn the other cheek” means keep our focus on God, our Father, and not on the one who has done us harm. We are turning the other cheek because it just doesn’t matter if someone strikes on the cheek. We have God for our Father, and consolation (and treasure) in the Kingdom of Heaven. We have a promise of peace through God when we seek Him. That buzzard who stuck us on the cheek has no power over us. We are His, and He is ours. What more could we want.

And with God as our Father, we have at our hand a power greater than any of our enemies could muster. The miraculous love and power of God Himself.

So, what does it matter if someone does us wrong? We will be consoled, and rewarded.

Will there be resentment if we turn the other cheek? Perhaps, but together with the Power of God, we can work through it and overcome any resentment. Have faith.

Wendy S.

P.S. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount can be found in the Christian Bible, New Testament, Book of Matthew

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What Are We Waiting For?

Picture this–a working man and his wife trying to sleep in on Saturday morning. Downstairs their eight children, all in different stages of growth, making a ruckus. Saturday morning cartoons blaring on TV. The volume pumped way up with rock n’ roll on the stereo. Some kids were crying, some were screaming and some were fighting. All were loud and out of control. Suddenly my father tromps to the top of the stairs and shouts angrily, “DON’T MAKE ME COME DOWN THERE!”

H-m-m-m. Don’t make me come down there. What would happen if he came down? The consequences were chilling.

I was looking at some old photos today, and that scene came to mind. It reminded me of something.

Humanity sometimes acts like a commotion in a large family. What if our Father in Heaven came down in the form of the second coming of Jesus? What would He find? What would He do?

A few months ago I completed reading the entire Christian Bible Old Testament cover to cover. I had read it piece-meal over the years, but this time I trudged through every word.

I came away with the understanding that the concept therein was actually quite simple as it permeated all the chapters. If mankind learned to live by the precepts God set out, then we would enjoy organic and miraculous blessings. If we did not live by His Law, then bad things would happen to us, maybe individually, and maybe collectively–perhaps as a result of our own failings or maybe in the form of Divine intervention.

Perhaps it is time for Him to “come down here.” But the concept found in the Old Testament is still the same. As we have trekked through life, have we improved? Be it individually or collectively? Have we engaged our lives with God and His precepts, especially through Jesus Christ? Then, I believe that when He finally does come down here, we have nothing to fear. We are at peace with God.

As for this world, it is for His Children a little like the pie fight in the movie, “The Great Race,” where pies are bombarding everyone else, but the gleaming protagonist, Leslie, is spared a pie in the face. (Or maybe he finally gets one at the end of the scene, but only for a laugh.)

The world has waited long enough. Let me remind you of Revelation 22:17 on to the end of the Bible. Have faith.

Wendy S.

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Better Than Paul?

I have been reflecting on the Pauline letters and how they are relevant today. Christians have had these important guideposts and the example of Paul and his cohorts for two thousand years. It seems to me that mankind, through the exposure to these insights, should have progressed in making the peace in the world that God intended through His sending His son to save us from ourselves.

Let’s reflect a little through the ages. The Bible seems to begin somewhere during the Iron Age. The people depicted in the Bible were largely nomadic, settling for short times to feed their flocks of goats and sheep. Then they would move on to the next grazing land. There were many wars between tribes, a propensity toward assuring a tribe’s ‘pedigree’, or their genes. Some of which would have enabled mankind to progress in the midst of hostile territory and a movement toward morality and peace.

Fast forward, and I do mean fast, to Paul’s time– then to the movement toward civilization in Europe, and finally the civilization of the world, including the Western Hemisphere.

What has changed? Has man remained static? Or has there been a progression in morality and a movement toward peace?

During the 1950’s people attended church in droves. Some would argue that there was resurgence in religion, and people prayed and stayed together. Yet, a black family could not take a walk in a predominantly white community without police scrutiny. It was commonplace for an employer to expect sexual favors just for hiring a young woman. (Yes, I have heard many such stories.) Men would spend hours in a tavern after work instead of going home to his family. (Also commonplace in that era.) But on Sunday, everyone went to church.

Fast forward to today. Race and sex bigotry are generally not tolerated. People have a fair shake at not being jailed for their beliefs. Child abuse is not tolerated in any community in the U.S. Yes, progress has been made.

The Apostle Paul, through the inspiration and wisdom of God, taught us the ways of Christianity. Perhaps, not perfect, but the best God could offer us at the time.

Through our thoughts and actions, we create our own worlds. For the most part, I choose the world of Paul. Have faith.

Wendy S.

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The Day of the Big Storm . . .

From time to time my parents would remind me that I was born during one of the biggest blizzards they could remember. The roads in suburban Chicago were nearly impassable as they rushed to the hospital. My mother must have had a horrible night because I was born at 4:11 a.m. Yet, I arrived as the third child of eight siblings as the storm subsided.

I can remember many storms in my life– some them literal, some of them figurative. Was it  George Carlin who once said, “Life’s a bitch—and then you die?”

The Christian Bible, New Testament recounts a miracle performed by Jesus. He is traveling in a boat with His disciples, and as He falls asleep, a raging storm almost swamps the boat. The disciples awaken Jesus, and He calms the storm and the sea. He chastises His friends for their lack of faith, yet, He saves them after all.

In my life, as I reflect on the storms, it is the same with me as it was with the disciples of Jesus. Storms can be terrifying, still, they usually pass. Sometimes quickly and sometimes it takes a while to see the end.

As I have matured, I have come to rely on the peace Jesus provides that passes all human understanding. Even during the torrents of life, Jesus is there with us, in Spirit, to guide us, reassure us, and rejoice with us when the storm is over.

Someone once asked me whether I believe that God visits us with these curses. I do not believe this, not in the least.

Our storms can be a result of poor decision-making. They can be a ripple effect of the economy. They can be our gene pool or our being in the wrong place at the wrong time. God endowed us all with free will, and that also goes for the people in our lives who may intentionally or un-intentionally do us harm. Perhaps I am over-simplifying. Sorry, it is my faith.

God is our lantern in our lives during the dark, scary, times. George Carlin may have had a point, but so did Jesus when he said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened, and I will give your rest.” Have faith.

Wendy S.

The story of how Jesus calmed the storm can be found in Matthew 8:23-27;
Mark 4:35; and Luke 8:22-25.

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On a Personal Note . . .

It has been many months since I last posted. I hope my friends on Word Press have not forgotten me!

Those of you who have followed me for some time know that the working conditions with my employer were abominable. Since the economy has improved, I have secured a position within a thriving industry as a Customer Service Representative. That being said, the turmoil in my life is the reason I have been unable to focus on my blog. All that has changed.

I have noticed that quite a few more people have been looking at my blog’s past posts. My commitment to you as my readers has not changed. I will continue to provide thought-provoking answers to the person of God and spirituality in general.

In the coming weeks, my posts will focus on some of the questions I addressed in the past, and also some new material. Included in my future posts will be topics such as:

– What were God’s intentions for the Earth and mankind in the Christian Bible Old Testament, and how do they relate to the present?
– Was the execution of Jesus Christ justifiable homicide?
– Why do bad things happen to people, and what is God’s role?
– How does God answer prayer?
– What is better, full emersion baptism, or sprinkling?

All these questions and many more. Thank you for your patience during my difficult transition, and please honor me with your presence in the future of this thought-provoking blog. Have faith!

Wendy S.

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