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Joyfull Noise

December 5, 2009

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

and Inspiration

Photograph by Rev. DeBry 

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

Volume 8 page 49 (12-3-09)

It’s a Small World, Taken by Rev. DeBry


I know that my world is Joyful and full of Love.

That time of the year is upon us – when everyone talks about JOY. You get cards wishing you a Joyous Holiday, you hear songs with the word JOY in them, and most of all you are told to “jump for joy.”

          What is JOY? Ask ten different people, and you’ll get ten different opinions. Some people say it is a deeper (higher) level of Happiness. Some say it’s not an emotion at all, like happiness, sadness, anger, etc. Rather, it is a state of being that is outside the emotional realm. That particular statement might confuse some people – How could JOY not be an emotion?

An emotion is invoked by an event that produces a chemical reaction in your body, and your brain has learned, over time, to give names to those different chemical reactions. We’ve come to know what the chemical reaction for anger is, and for happiness, sadness, rage, and so on. I feel that JOY is just a natural state of being within us, that it is ALWAYS there, always waiting for us to embrace it, to bathe in its exquisite splendor and bring it forth. JOY is an essential part of all of us because it lies at our central core of being. It represents our connection to the Divine and resonates with the flow of the Universe when allowed to radiate from our hearts.

When we are in JOY we cannot be in fear and limitation. It permeates every aspect of our lives and enhances our unique contribution to the world, catalyzing our highest potential to live in our full magnificence, in harmony and balance. The resonance of joy and love can change the world!

For many generations, enlightened mystics, gurus, spiritual teachers and even many lay-people who have trained in meditation, yoga, Qi Gong and other types of focus have stated, from their own experiences, that a sure-fire way to experience “real” JOY is to practice one of these quiet disciplines with great sincerity, allowing the energy of the universe to come into you, and you will experience the natural state of JOY. They say that once you’ve sipped from the sweet nectar of pure JOY, you will understand the difference between it and body-driven emotions.

Well, all of the above may be true, or just the fuel for never-ending debate between different modes of expression, experience and philosophy. In any event, it is delicious food for thought. For now, just relax and enjoy the Many Expressions of JOY listed below. Don’t forget to add some of your own!

          Falling in love. Laughing so hard your stomach hurts.  A hot shower.  A special glance. Getting mail that is not junk or bills. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.  Hot towels out of the dryer.  A chocolate milkshake.  A bubble bath.  Giggling.  Thanksgiving at The Beach. A good conversation.

          Finding a $20 bill in your coat. Laughing at yourself. Having someone tell you that you’re wonderful! Friends. Falling in love for the first time. Overhearing someone say something nice about you. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep. Making new friends or spending time with old ones. Playing with a new puppy or kitty. Doing something you really love and having someone whom you respect tell you that you did a good job.

          Sweet dreams.  Hot chocolate.  Road trips with friends.  Getting hugs after church. Swinging on swings. Floating in a warm pool. Watching a good movie cuddled up on a couch with someone you love. Wrapping presents under the tree while eating cookies, listening to Frank Sinatra and drinking eggnog. Song lyrics printed inside your new CD so you can sing along.  Going to a really good concert. Getting butterflies in your stomach every time you see that one special person. Beating your partner at a really competitive game. Making chocolate chip cookies – and eating the cookie dough before you bake them. Clean, fresh sheets. Waking up late and thinking you overslept – then realizing it is your day off.

          Holding hands with someone you care about. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things never change.  Riding the best roller coasters over and over.  Watching the face of someone you care about when they open a present from you.

          A baby’s first real smiles. Seeing a baby’s joy at taking its first steps.  A baby’s belly-laugh.  Hearing a child say “I Love You” when you didn’t say it first.  Watching children performing a dance or a play that they made up.

          Watching the sunrise. Watching the sunset. Swimming with the dolphins. Feeling well again after you have been sick. Eating your favorite ice cream right out of the carton, with a really big spoon…in bed.  Standing up for peoples rights!  Joy is watching a child grow up healthy and happy, and knowing you did your best to protect them from harm. Joy is answering the phone and hearing your grown sons say “I just called to say I Love You.” Joy is getting kisses from your Grandchildren without asking for them. Joy is listening to either Louie Armstrong or Ronnie Grigsby sing “What a Wonderful World.”

“Joy is knowing your purpose. That you were created as an expression of God’s love to all the earth. Joy is knowing that you were designed to be as a rain drop and wherever you land that place will be blessed and nourished with the love of our Creator; God.”

— Pastor Marty McGrail

“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one to share the beauty of the stars with, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the JOY of each other, the JOY of challenge, the JOY of growth.”

— Mitsugi Saotome

“Sometimes your JOY is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your JOY.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

“This is the true JOY in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”

— George Bernard Shaw

“During periods of relaxation after concentrated intellectual activity, the intuitive mind seems to take over and can produce the sudden clarifying insights which give so much JOY and delight.”

— Fritjof Capra

“JOY is a net of love by which you can catch souls. A JOYful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.”

— Mother Teresa

“I asked God for all things, that I might enJOY life. God gave life, that I might enJOY all things.”

— Unknown Author

“It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better to do it; fun to have things but more to make them. The happy man is he who lives the life of love, not for the honors it may bring, but for the life itself.”

— R.J. Baughan

          A little boy and girl were singing their favorite carol in church the Sunday before Christmas. The boy concluded “Silent Night” with the words, “Sleep in heavenly beans.”

          “No,” his sister corrected, “not beans, Peas.”

(submitted by Rev. Jan Ewers)


June 26, 2009


A Joyful Noise!

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

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon,

Volume 8 page 26 (06-25-09)


I am a walking miracle – accepting God in all manifestations


          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!


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!


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.”


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!”


Joyful Noise June 11,2009

June 12, 2009

I am a spiritual being acknowledging my 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.
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?”
“Did they chop your firewood?”
“Great, now it’s your turn to call. I need my garden plowed.”
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!”



A Joyful Noise!
U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration