Renewal with Laura Moliter

e-inspire, November 28th

“Do not fear, you wild beasts: You will eat again, for the desert pastures are green again! And so will we: the trees bear their fruit; the fig trees and the vines produce their bounty once again.” (Joel 2: 22, The Voice Translation)

This verse glows with a promise for each of us. The barrenness we may feel at times, the lack or loss that seems to engulf us, is not our fate. The desert of our thought and experience will bloom again.

For God is with us. His grace is boundless and ready. What seems to be destruction at times may actually be renewal, that necessary “slash and burn” where the old and unfruitful is cleared away so that new life can grow and flourish.

God’s Love and His infinite Life is our assurance. And this means we can calm our fear and that of others, knowing God’s good intention for us is that we are fed, nurtured, given all that is needed for us to grow and be happy, to be what He made us to be. God’s promise is that we not only survive the wilderness times, but emerge from them into even greater productivity, inspiration, and bounteous goodness to express and to share!

Laura Moliter, Divine Purpose Coach and Spiritual Activist

www.beingfreenow.com
https://www.facebook.com/poeticandpowerfulliving/

The Christian Science Monitor -Watch out, 2020: Young voters are on the rise

 

Diversity “makes us who we are,” Obama said at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year event in the East Room of the White House, where she hosted 50 school counselors and a slew of stars. “Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter, or like you don’t have a place in our American story [or your church]. You do.”

First Lady Michelle Obama said at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year event in the East Room of the White House.

 

…  hitch your wagon to something bigger than yourselves. This generation coming up – unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic – I’ve seen you in every corner of the country. You believe in a fair, just, inclusive America [and church]; you know that constant change has been America’s hallmark, something not to fear but to embrace, and you are willing to carry this hard work of democracy forward. You’ll soon outnumber any of us, and I believe as a result that the future is in good hands. 

President Barack Obama’s farewell speech in Chicago, IL

 

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Watch out, 2020: Young voters are on the rise

WHY WE WROTE THIS

Young people have long been seen as apathetic when it comes to engaging in politics. But this year revealed a remarkable receptivity to their peers’ activism.

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First-time voters, dubbed “Generation Columbine,” have never known a world free of school shootings. That proved to be a powerful catalyst this year, along with concerns about President Trump’s ascendancy to the White House. Young people turned out on Election Day at the highest rate the United States has seen in a midterm in at least 25 years, though at 31 percent turnout they still lag behind their elders. The surge in youth turnout stems in part from fear – about school shootings, the state of politics, and the direction of the country. But it also comes from a collective desire to support each other and make positive change at a time when many feel their lives are quite literally on the line. “This is a sea change [in political engagement]…. They’re the most diverse generation in history so they don’t point their finger at the other,” says Alan Solomont, dean of the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. “This generation is about ‘us’ more than about ‘me.’ ”

 

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/1115/Watch-out-2020-Young-voters-are-on-the-rise?

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Thanksgiving Song of Joy & Gratitude with Virginia Harris, C.S.B. & the Macy’s Parade – Come Out of the Storms & Shadows of Fear and Separation

 

Thanksgiving Song

In the Book of Psalms there are 150 songs – most of which are of praise and thanksgiving to God for deliverance from disaster and suffering. Even the communal and personal laments include verses of gratitude for ultimate proof of protection and safekeeping. Sung, spoken, and written by countless voices describing their experiences over 500 years, these offerings of gratitude come out of the storms and shadows of loss into glorious light…the victory over every human ill.

In fact, the underlying premise of all the psalms is the effectiveness of prayer to God, the declaration and assurance of and trust in Her unconditional and universal goodness. This is the prayer that removes fear – the fear of separation from God’s love and goodness – and guides, guards, and governs each of us, especially in the midst of trouble.

So many times I have been freed from sorrow, fear, or despondency by the simple utterance, “Thank You, God.” Thank You for creating me inseparable and undivorced from Your love, abundance, protection, guidance, joy, and…, and…, and…! In fact, the more I keep adding the ideal qualities of the Spirit that are mine by reflection, the higher my heart soars. The trouble gets smaller until it is meaningless and powerless.

A friend sent me this link to a beautiful psalm of Thanksgiving, This Is the Day, by John Rutter.  It is a “new-old” psalm in that it sings the lovely top-notes from several ancient Psalms (118, 148, 91, 121 and 27) to offer one powerful, present-day hymn of praise.

This Thanksgiving season, may you find opportunity to sing the song of gratitude, and may your heart and home be full of praise and peace.

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The Joy of Using Our Talents with Elton John + a Christian Science Perspective

I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words. How wonder full your ad is, which I did enjoy ❤

D. Craig

 

 

The Joy of Using Our Talents

[Of Special Interest to Children]

Excerpt below from the January 27, 1962 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


One of Jim’s favorite Bible stories is the parable of the talents, which Jesus once told to his followers. The parable tells of a certain man who prepared to go away on a long journey and “who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods” (Matt. 25:14). To each servant he gave money, or “talents,” as some of the money was called in those days. He gave five talents to one servant, two to another, and one to a third. He gave to each the amount he felt that servant was able to take care of.

While the master was away, two of the servants doubled their money. But the third servant buried his talent in the ground. When the master returned from his journey, he took the talent away from the lazy servant and gave it to the one who had made the most use of his money.

Mother told Jim that he could think of the talents in this story as representing the truths of Christian Science that he was learning in Sunday School. At first he did not understand how important it was for him to put these truths into daily use. Gradually, however, he began to prove for himself that he could turn to God whenever he was in any trouble and find God to be a quick and powerful help, able to free him from his difficulty, because nothing is impossible to God.

One day when Jim was behind on an art project in kindergarten, he was so discouraged that he threw his work down and said to his teacher, “I don’t draw well, and I’m not going to try any more.”

Hastily Jim picked up his crayons and began to catch up with his classmates. To his surprise he drew a good picture. In time his drawings improved so much that his pictures were among the best in his class.

Another time, when Jim was playing with his friends, they became angry with him and hit him with sticks and then ran away laughing. This was very hard for him to understand, and he was troubled. His mother came out to him and asked him to think of his talents. Jim was thoughtful for several moments. Then he remembered just the right one.

“I’m all wrapped up in Love, and hate can’t reach me,” he declared.

“That’s right,” Mother replied. “Science and Health says, ‘Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you’ (p. 571). Now get busy and exchange this picture of hate for the thought of Love everywhere. Hate cannot be real, if Love is all there is.'”

In a little while Jim saw his playmates coming back, and soon they were all playing happily together again.

After a moment Jim began to smile. “I remember something,” he exclaimed joyfully. “It’s from the hymn we sing, which Mrs. Eddy wrote (Poems, p. 4),

Wait, and love more for every hate, and
fear
No ill,—since God is good, and loss
is gain.”

 

That night when Jim talked over the experience with Mother, she smiled and said: “You are doing well with your talents. The more you use them, the more you will have at hand to bless you whenever you need them. We are told by Mrs. Eddy (Science and Health, p. 323), ‘If “faithful over a few things,” we shall be made rulers over many; but the one unused talent decays and is lost.’ ”

 

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Your Holiday Mom – OFFERING OUR LGBTQ YOUTH A VIRTUAL HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Happy Holidays 2018!

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Can you believe another year has passed? I can’t. (It’s my birthday today so I’m really feeling it!) It seems like life just keeps moving forward – but here we are, ready to share another holiday with you.

Who are you? You are my holiday child. Any age, any gender, and labels or no labels at all. You’re mine because I love you, because you are here, because you are YOU. You are worthy of love because you were born. Nothing else is needed – you walk the earth, you deserve love!

Oh, but it goes so much further than that my holiday child. Because I know if you are part of this community, you have a huge amount of courage. You are working hard to just BE in this world some days (maybe some years) and let’s face it, it’s not been the easiest of times in the first place. Not for any of us.

So let’s imagine we are spending this year high on a mountaintop. There’s snow above Palm Springs where I just moved. Let’s make it a snowy holiday together – right here in our virtual world. All it takes is a little imagination. You dancing in the snowflakes as they gently fall. Me trying to keep up! You laughing. Me smiling because it makes me so happy that you are laughing. There are holiday songs – whichever are your favorite – ringing through some bells in the far off distance. We hear them and know it’s time to celebrate.

It’s a funny thing, celebration. Sometimes you celebrate something that happened. But sometimes you just celebrate to BE. To be together, to be playing, to be free in this moment. That’s what I want for you, my holiday child. To feel that freedom. No judging. Nothing to prove. Nothing you’re doing wrong. Just you and me laughing in the moment, free to be. Sounds really good, doesn’t it?

You’ll also hear me whisper that I’ve missed you and I’m glad it is the holidays again. You’ll hear me saying how much I can SEE you, how you’ve grown inside (and maybe out, too). You’ll hear me asking you all the personal stuff. What’s he/she/they like, if you have someone special. If you don’t, what do you imagine him/her/they will be like? I’ll get all giggly because if there is one thing I love, it’s LOVE!

And when we come down the mountain, I’ll remind you to check back here every day for another mom’s love. I can’t take all the joy for myself. And here is a secret – the moms here love to love on you as much as you love to be loved on. We are wired that way, and that is why we are here. So please, come back and let us. We are here every day till New Years!

Yours this holiday and always,

Shamama

(PS, this is me with Jane. Her shirt says “love has no gender.” She’s worked hard to make it better for you in the corporate world and we loved sharing our love at the Palm Springs Pride parade together. I carried my sign high and proud!)

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A Look Back at Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Impact on America with Ellen & Oprah

Michelle Obama’s highly anticipated memoir, “Becoming,” got another boost Monday when Oprah Winfrey announced she has chosen it for her book club.
From the very first pages of “Becoming” I knew I wanted EVERYONE to read it. I’ve known Michelle for 14 years, but this book is so vulnerable, I felt like she was in my ear. BOOK CLUBS EVERYWHERE – you’ll want to make this your next selection.

OPRAH

 

Published on Nov 15, 2018

Michelle Obama snuck out of the White House to celebrate marriage equality with crowd outside gates

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s new memoir, Becoming, includes a section about the day the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. It includes a shocking revelation about the depths of the First Lady’s support for the LGBTQ community.

As the White House was lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate the ruling, Obama documents being able to watch the happiness as celebrants gathered in the park outside the White House gates, but that she couldn’t even hear the crowd.

Suddenly “desperate to join the celebration,”  she decided to do something about it – and she enlisted help from her eldest daughter, Malia, to accomplish it.

“We were going on an adventure—outside, where people were gathered—and we weren’t going to ask anyone’s permission,” Obama writes in the book. “Malia and I were now on a crusade. We weren’t going to relinquish our goal. We were going to get ourselves outside.”

After a complicated process of sneaking past the Secret Service and being thwarted once, the two finally made it outside.

“We made our way down a marble staircase and over red carpets, around the busts of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin and past the kitchen until suddenly we were outdoors. The humid summer air hit our faces. I could see fireflies blinking on the lawn.”

“And there it was, the hum of the public, people whooping and celebrating outside the iron gates. It had taken us 10 minutes to get out of our own home, but we’d done it. We were outside, standing on a patch of lawn off to one side, out of sight of the public but with a beautiful, close-up view of the White House, lit up in pride.”

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/11/michelle-obama-snuck-white-house-celebrate-marriage-equality-crowd-outside-gates/

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Thank you to California’s best!

 

“An image is worth a thousand words,” Chmerkovskiy, 32, began his post on Sunday. “I’ll add a few of my own. As our beautiful state burns there are the ones that are fleeing and those that are going towards the fire, literally. These brave men and women, are truly heroes.”
“The courage, the compassion, and the sense of responsibility that these guys have is absolutely jaw dropping,” he continued. “This image is just a small glimpse of the reality of sacrifice that has to be made by regular people in a position of extraordinary proportion. This is what heroes are made of.”

Dancing with the Stars pro Val Chmerkovskiy

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People across the nation are expressing their gratitude for the firefighters in Southern California after an emotional photograph of the exhausted and hardworking heroes resurfaced on the Internet in light of the Woolsey and Hill fires.

In the remarkable shot, firefighters are seen lying on their equipment, bags and each other as they sleep on the grass outside after tirelessly working several 24-hour shifts.

The photo, featuring the first responders from the Tehachapi Wildland Fire Crew 11, was first shared on Instagram by the Kern County Fire Department in December 2017. It was originally posted to show the public how the local firefighters had been fighting the Thomas Fire in Montecito, California.

However, after the recent wildfires viciously burned through Los Angeles County, Ventura County, and Newbury Park — displacing thousands of people from their homes — the photograph has now returned and many are using it as a visual aid to express gratitude and support for the hardworking first responders.

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‘The seeker of Truth will find it’ 

 

‘The seeker of Truth will find it’ *

Excerpt below from the December 2018 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 

Matthew 2:1, 2

Not much is known of the Magi, who may have been part of a Persian priesthood of wise men. The Magi who sought the Messiah did so with holy anticipation. As foretold by the prophets, this Messiah would “proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound,” and would give “the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” (Isaiah 61:1, 3).

These seekers traveled a great distance from “the east,” ultimately making their way through a contentious Roman empire to their unknown destination. How could they be so sure that they would find what they were looking for? Centuries had passed waiting for a sign that the Messiah would come at a certain time and in a certain place. And when the star—“the light of all ages” and “the light of Love” (see Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 320)—appeared, they had a keen expectancy of fulfilled prophecy: Salvation was to be extended to all, as a light for all humanity.

The search for Truth is rooted in our spirituality, yet we may find ourselves struggling, challenged by suffering or doubts about our worthiness to experience good. Even Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, found that path to be challenging at times. She wrote, “The Discoverer of this Science could tell you of timidity, of self-distrust, of friendlessness, toil, agonies, and victories, under which she needed miraculous vision to sustain her, when taking the first footsteps in this Science” (Rudimental Divine Science, p. 17). This vision of salvation for all strengthened her hope and growing conviction that God, Truth, is the only governing power. It was what inspired her to write Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which articulates her discovery of the Science and practice of Christian healing, and it was what inspired her to dedicate the book “to honest seekers for Truth” (p. xii).

What started as a flicker of hope had grown to confirm all that he longed for: to be known and loved of God. You could truly say he found truth—that God and man are forever one—and it changed him. He shared this thought: “When you have known only darkness and mental illness, the step to trust God opens up a whole new world.” His story helped prove that the receptive and expectant heart can find comfort and assurance in the fulfillment of the promise articulated in Christ’s Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).

The star of Bethlehem that led the shepherds and the wise men to the infant idea of the Christ still shines today. Like them, we may feel drawn to this light that leads to harmony and ultimately lets us see that the “whole new world” we are being led to is the kingdom of God within. We don’t need to wait. The seeker of Truth can find that home, harmony, and salvation are right at hand.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7).

Kim Crooks Korinek
Associate Editor

* Mary Baker Eddy, “Teachers’ SS Lessons,” The Mary Baker Eddy Collection, A10433

"The seeker of Truth will find it." ~ Mary Baker Eddy