This Week’s Quotation:
Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you, as all things are passing. God is unchanging. Patience gains all; nothing is lacking to those who have God. God alone is sufficient.~ Saint Teresa of Avila
Beacons of Light
Hardship, loss, and tragedy can be very convincing “realities” that God has abandoned us. At the same time, these situations represent moments when our certainty that God alone is sufficient must be unwavering. Such a paradox! Without support from fellow travelers, it's a huge challenge to summon that certainty.
Toward that end, how can we best support one another during challenging times? Might it be that our best response to any need is to ask for and be receptive to the power of God to work through us? Might we be the alchemist who transforms the energy of fear into the power of love within ourselves so that we shine that love where others need it most?
For example, many sailors have the beacon of a lighthouse to thank for guiding them through perilous conditions. We can be such a light-bearing navigational aid for others lost in stormy seas. And since we all get blinded by the dark at times, we can trust that a guiding light will shine for us when needed. We are all in this together, beaming the light and love of our Source to support one another.
In this way, we allow the light to illuminate what is in the dark, lost in the illusion of separation. Any time that we find the intensity of circumstances in the red zone, we can trust that love and light will ease the load that fear and separation would have us bear. That enables us to get our shine back on and glow brightly!
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Is Terri short for (St.) Theresa? Thank you both for that sanity and sanctity in the events tornado criss-crossing our globe. Many thanks for your PEACE, Terri, and your constant selection of great guardian angels not only to quote but to evoke into our presence. Loving thanks, Tom
Beautiful, let’s keep our shining and glow on, so that others may find us, as we deeply listen and see the potential unfolding through people during these amazing transitions at this time.
It hasn’t been easy the past 2 years to stay out of fear easily – there has been (no surprise) a plethora of fear producing events from the newly created to the naturally ocuring events – however – it certainly has also created an opportunity to test our internal strength of character and alignment with our true beliefs.With all that appears ‘bad’ – there has been a most generous increase in caring for others, from providing food to strangers, to helping people in multiple ways – we are past the cusp of a new age – we are deep into the change and feeling our way into the future that is already here – that we may be seeing through a glass darkly – but is truly here…..
Many human beings, “lost in the illusion of separation,” spend their lives searching for and seeking to connect with the light external to themselves. You are so right that we are “beacons of light,” here to, as Jesus said, “let your light so shine.”
So inspiring! This article is a demonstration of the very subject that it addresses.