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Miracles

June 26, 2009

 

A Joyful Noise!

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon, safedoti@aol.com

Volume 8 page 26 (06-25-09)

 Affirmation

I am a walking miracle – accepting God in all manifestations

Miracles

          A client called me from Texas today and asked if I believed in miracles – since her chemo wasn’t working and she was afraid her cancer would return. My response – it doesn’t matter if I believe in miracles – it was important she did.

          So many times we deny the existence of God and then implore “the divine” to supply us with a miracle.

          A miracle is an interruption of the laws of nature – in such a way as to bring forth an amazing occurrence. Many religious texts and people claim various events are “miraculous.” People in different cultures have different definitions of the word “miracle.” Even within a specific religion there is often more than one meaning of the word. For example, the term “miracle” may refer to the action of a supernatural being or “God.” Thus, the term “divine intervention” would describe a God inspired miracle.

          In casual usage, “miracle” may refer to an unlikely but beneficial event, such as the survival of a natural disaster or regarded as “wonderful” regardless of its likelihood, such as birth. Other miracles might be: survival of a terminal illness, escaping a life threatening situation or ‘beating the odds.’

          According to A Course in Miracles – channeled by Helen Schuman:

Miracles are natural. When they do not occur, something has gone wrong.

Miracles are merely the translation of denial into truth

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.

The real miracle is the love that inspires them.

In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.

The miracle comes quietly into the mind that stops an instant and is still.

The miracle of life is ageless born in time but nourished in eternity.

In any situation in which you are uncertain, the first thing to consider is “What do I want to come of this? What is it for?” The clarification of the goal belongs at the beginning; for this will determine the outcome. It is important that you analyze what you want before you request a “miracle.”

Doubt is the result of conflicting wishes. Be sure of what you want, and doubt becomes impossible.

Remember – nothing is difficult that is wholly desired. Quite often this request is in the form of a prayer to Mother/Father God.

Only when we have a single purpose, unified and sure, can we be unafraid. Then, and only then, will our request or “miracle” be answered.

This is the one intent we seek; uniting our desires with the need of every heart, the call of every mind, the hope that lies beyond despair… that remains as God created it. 

Let me list for you some of the things I see as “miracles.” For me a miracle occurs ever time:

A baby is born.

A person is cured from disease or even the common cold or flu.

An unemployed person finds new employment.

A new medicine is invented to treat cancer, HIV, or any other disease.

A check arrives in the mail when one has no idea how they are going to pay a bill or feed their family.

A relationship of love begins.

A person lets go of anger and hate and discovers love.

A sermon is written or delivered.

And the list goes on and on. I see ALL these things and more as being miracles sent to you and me by God. How many times have you been filled with great fear and trepidation about something that was going on in your life and you could not even begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel and then all at once out of the clear blue an answer or solution appears? People, that is not “mere coincidence,” but rather a God-sent miracle!

CONCLUSION

Miracles come in all different sizes, flavors, and packages. Perhaps you are looking for a miracle in your life right now. My advice to you is DON’T GIVE UP! KEEP LOOKING UP! GOD IS STILL GOD, AND ALL YOU AND I HAVE TO DO IS BELIEVE AND KEEP ON TRUSTING!

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God granting miracles

A religious man is on top of a roof during a great flood. A man comes by in a boat and says “get in, get in!” The religious man replies, “No I have faith in God, he will grant me a miracle.”

Later the water is up to his waist and another boat comes by and the guy tells him again, to get in. He responds that he has faith in God and God will give him a miracle. With the water at about chest high, another boat comes to rescue him, but he turns down the offer again because “God will grant him a miracle.”

With the water at chin high, a helicopter throws down a ladder and they tell him to get in, mumbling with the water in his mouth, he again turns down the request for help for the faith of God. He arrives at the gates of heaven with broken faith and says to St. Peter, “I thought God would grant me a miracle and I have been let down.” St. Peter chuckles and responds, “I don’t know what you’re complaining about, we sent you three boats and a helicopter.”

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The parents of a 14 and 16 year-old went on a trip for the weekend. They left early Friday morning and the boys were left alone. That evening the younger boy suggested they take their dad’s car, pick up some girls and go to a local disco. The 16 year-old boy could drive a bit but was too scared.

After some nagging he gave in and off they went. When they got back to the car, they noticed a huge dent in the rear of the car – someone must have bumped into the car and drove off.

Frantically they phoned friends to find a panel beater/spray painter to fix the car. Finally they found one. The car was fixed properly and they parked it back in the garage.

Their parents returned the next day but the boys were too terrified to say anything about the accident.

The father went to the garage, came back very amazed and said to the family, “A miracle has happened! A guy drove into the back of my car on Thursday and now it is fixed without a scratch!”

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Happy Father’s Day

June 21, 2009

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon safedoti@aol.com  

Affirmation

I hereby affirm that I am a loving and spiritual human being.

Happy Father’s Day, and thanks . . . for being you

If you’re a dad in today’s world, you could be a little tired of being thanked every year for working to support your family. In fact, you could be wondering, “Hey, what about me, the real me? I’m worth more than a paycheck after all.”

      Certainly you are. The intangibles a father brings to his children can be at least as important as material things.

          Love:  Its effect can’t be underestimated. Love is the basis for children’s future maturity and helps them become self-respecting adults.

      Your example: Children learn more from observing you than they could if you intended to coach them on how to live.

          Problem solving: They see you deal with many difficult situations and learn that problems can be solved.

      Humanity: Children soon discover that even you aren’t right all the time. It’s human to be wrong sometimes, and your apology shows that you are strong, not weak.

          Interaction: From cradle through college, your play with your children is different from their mother’s. It could be more rough-and-tumble or games where you show them how to play by the rules.

     Childcare: You may be more involved than your father was, partly because their mother also has a job. Your involvement helps to mold stronger children and a stronger America.

Top Ten Things You’ll Never Hear a Dad Say 

10. Well, how ’bout that? I’m lost! Looks like we’ll have to stop and ask for directions.

9. You know Pumpkin, now that you’re fifteen, you’ll be ready for unchaperoned car dates.  Won’t that be fun?

8. I noticed all your friends have a certain “up yours” attitude … I like that.

7. Here’s a credit card and the keys to my new car — GO CRAZY.

6. You wanna play football?  Figure skating not good enough for you, son?

5. Your Mother and I are going away for the weekend … you might want to consider throwing a party.

4. Well, I don’t know what’s wrong with your car.  Probably one of those doo-hickey thingies. Have it towed to a mechanic and pay whatever asked.

3. No son of mine is going to live under this roof without an earring — now quit your belly-aching, and let’s go to the mall.

2. Whaddya wanna go and get a job for?  I make plenty of  money for you to spend.

1. Father’s Day? aahh — don’t worry about that — it’s no big deal.

Fathers Then and Now

Today is one of the Father’s Days of our new millennium.  Fathers of 1900 didn’t have it nearly as good as fathers of today; but they did have a few advantages:

In 1900, a father’s horsepower meant his horses.
Today, it’s the size of his minivan.

In 1900, a father waited for the doctor to tell him when the baby arrived.
Today, a father must wear a smock, know how to breathe, and make sure film is in the video camera and cut the umbilical cord.

In 1900, fathers could count on children to join the family business.
Today, fathers pray their kids will soon come home from college long enough to teach them how to work the computer and set the VCR.

In 1900, a father came home from work to find his wife and children at the supper table.
Today, a father comes home to a note:  “Jimmy’s at baseball, Cindy’s at gymnastics, I’m at Adult-Ed, Pizza in fridge.”

In 1900, if a father had breakfast in bed, it was eggs and bacon and ham and potatoes.
Today, it’s Special K, soy milk, dry toast and a lecture on cholesterol.

In 1900, “a good day at the market” meant Father brought home feed for the horses.
Today, “a good day at the market” means Dad got in early on an IPO.

In 1900, a happy meal was when Father shared funny stories around the table.
Today, a happy meal is what Dad buys at McDonald’s.

In 1900, a father was involved if he spanked the kid now and then.
Today, a father’s involved only if he coaches Little League and organizes Boy Scouts and car pools.

In 1900, fathers were never truly appreciated.

In 2009, fathers are never truly appreciated.

Take time this Sunday to appreciate your dad!

 

Joyful Noise June 11,2009

June 12, 2009

 
Affirmation
I am a spiritual being acknowledging my patriotism.
 
 
Patriotism
          When was the last time your heart was filled with patriotism and you felt completely removed from your body as you gazed in a heightened sense at your country’s flag? Quite often I receive a spiritual charge as I look at the American Flag. Not because I revere it as I do God, but rather that it takes me out of myself – puts me in a place of reverence as I recall my own activism and work for equality, justice and freedom. Through marching, singing and prayer I have found myself a part of that spiritual movement that has helped increase the awareness of The Divine in whatever form you believe works best for you.
              One of the most spiritual/patriotic times of my life was standing at the base of Mt. Rushmore at sunset. Lights came on bathing the four granite presidents in luminescence, the American flag unfurled gently in the breeze, fireworks exploded overhead and the Star Spangled Banner drifted through a multitude of speakers. Tears streaming down my face on the cool South Dakota evening – I realized that as much as I had protested, sang We Shall Overcome and championed equal rights . . . still my spirituality blossomed that evening and I was proud to be an American. I was not burning the flag – but embracing it as a symbol of who I am . . . a spiritual patriot.
          Patriotism is defined as love of and/or devotion to one’s country. The word comes from the Greek patris. However, patriotism has had different meanings over time. I find that I most identify with the 18th century belief that patriotism is separate from nationalism. Instead patriotism was defined as devotion to humanity and beneficence; providing charity, criticizing slavery and denouncing excessive penal laws. In both ancient and modern visions of patriotism, individual responsibility to fellow citizens is an inherent component of patriotism. Doesn’t that sound like the Golden Rule? And, as a spiritualist minister – I feel that treating folks the same way I would like to be treated is the basis of my belief. 
          All of these feelings, emotions and thoughts about patriotism were triggered by National Flag Day which was first recognized as a holiday on June 14th, 1877. This was one hundred years after the Continental Congress adopted the flag with the stars and stripes as our nation’s official flag. The congress asked all public buildings to fly and wave their flags in remembrance of this day.
The public also got excited about the idea and started to fly their flags on June 14th as well.
It was President Woodrow Wilson, who in 1916, proclaimed officially that June 14th was Flag Day. But, it wasn’t until 1949 when Harry Truman was our president, that a bill was signed declaring that June 14th was National Flag Day.
In 1966, the Congress also voted to request that the President make a proclamation stating that the week that June 14th falls in be declared as National Flag Week, in which all citizens fly their flags.
The United States of America’s flag is one of the world’s most recognized symbols. For our country it stands for unity, pride, freedom, and democracy.
No matter who you are or where you are from, as a citizen of the United States, you probably got chills when you saw the 2008 Olympians athletes march in holding the flag, or when you watch the soldiers fold the flag from the casket of a comrade, or possibly when everyone rises to salute the flag prior to a ballgame. – I know the symbol of the Flag stimulates the beautiful spirituality that says, the flag means something to you. In case you forget sometimes, that is what National Flag Day is there for. Remembering the past and where we have come from and the struggles our country has gone through is how we love and appreciate each other and our country enough to keep going in the right direction.
We all know inspiration when we feel it. It is a force that enlivens us and activates us to do something—we might dance, sing, paint the house, or envision a new career. We might call an old friend or plan a trip abroad. Or, stand and gaze at a flagpole – feeling the energy of your State and Nation’s flags. Whatever the case, doing what we do from a place of inspiration and spirituality makes all things possible.
If you already know what inspires you, whether it is attending church, looking at old photographs, going to the library, or calling a friend, find a way to incorporate it into your life on a regular basis. If you aren’t sure what inspires you, or if it has changed, take some time to think about it. When we are in the presence of what inspires us, we hear our inner guidance more clearly and we have the energy to follow its cues.
If it has been a while since you have been touched by inspiration, you may feel listless and dissatisfied. Know that you can turn things around by remembering your spirituality, symbols, pictures and friends. On this Flag Day – let the flag light you up and bring that patriotism back into your life.
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The phone rings at FBI headquarters. “Hello?”
“I’m calling to report my neighbor. He is hiding marijuana inside his firewood.”
“Thank you very much for the call, sir.”
The next day, FBI agents descend on the neighbor’s house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept. Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but find no marijuana. They swear at the neighbors and leave.
The phone rings at the neighbors house. “Hey, Adrian, did the FBI come?”
“Yep.”
“Did they chop your firewood?”
“Yep.”
“Great, now it’s your turn to call. I need my garden plowed.”
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This 85-year-old couple, having been married almost 60 years, die tragically in a car crash. They have been in good health the last ten years, mainly due to the wife’s nearly neurotic interest in health food.
When they reached the pearly gates, St. Peter took them to their mansion, which was decked out with a beautiful kitchen and master bath suite, complete with Jacuzzi. As they “oohed and aahed” the old man asked St. Peter how much all this was going to cost.
“It’s free,” St. Peter replied, “Remember, this is Heaven.”
Next they went out back to see the championship golf course the home backed up to. They would have golfing privileges every day, and each week the course changed to a new one representing the great golf courses on Earth.
The old man asked, “What are the green fees?”
“This is Heaven,” St. Peter replied. “You play for free.”
Next they went to the clubhouse and saw the lavish buffet lunch with the cuisines of the world laid out.
“How much to eat?” asked the old man.
“Don’t you understand yet?” St. Peter asked. “This is Heaven. It’s free!”
“Well, where are the low-fat and low-cholesterol foods?” the old man asked timidly.
“That’s the best part … you can eat as much as you like of whatever you like and never get fat and you never get sick. This is Heaven.”
The old man looked at his wife and said, “You and your #@!%&~ bran muffins. I could have been here ten years ago!”
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