Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Christmas and the Star

To me, the star is a beacon, a guiding light, physical and spiritual. I tie it in with the first citation in this week's Bible lesson on God, the Preserver of Man. "The Lord our God, he it is that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed". (Joshua 24:17) What a wonderful passage and how practical it is when we apply it to our human experience.

There are three distinct types of thought. Where you choose to keep your thinking determines your experience. This passage identifies that first stage, the one where we view ourselves as slaves in 'Egypt', in servitude to a situation, held in bondage to a physical or financial condition. We have all had the 'Egypt' experience. But this is not the reality of Life.

Many find a way of 'being', the system of worship that works for them, and they follow this path out of that first level into the second. It is where we find ourselves in an improved situation, something we can live with or just accept as our lot in life. We wander around at this level, our basic needs met, but still in a 'desert' setting. This is not the reality of Life either.

That third level of understanding is when we realize who we are as the privileged children of God, with all that comes with it. It is when we can feel the presence of Good and know that we stand on holy ground, are in the secret place of the Most High, the Promised Land. In this place, this state of thought, there is no illness, no unhappiness, no lack, no bad relationships, no unsolved problems. When challenges arise, we can meet them with poise and confidence. When thought changes, there is healing and the physical or any other need is met.

The passage tells us that this applies to the way we go and the people we encounter. When we need direction, the way will be clear. If there seems to be blockage of some kind, it will clear. Progress is assured. In traffice. Planning your day. If we can't figure out how to do something, Mind shows us. This passage promises fruitful, pleasant encounters with the people we interact with today. Family. Friends. Customers. Students. Teachers. Sales people. Neighbors. Strangers. Church members.

Let this be your star today and through this holiday season. Expect good.

Go in peace.

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