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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for September 14,  2014

         At first glance Mary L. Kupferle's book, "God Never Fails" appears to be very similar to other books written in the early 20th Century, yet her approach to teaching and defining spiritual Truth is worthy of special attention.  In the reading of this book I was taken by the way in which a profound truth was being so simply illustrated:  "A TRUTH student was severely criticized and condemned by a woman who misunderstood the facts involved in a situation. When the student was told of the criticism, something within her seemed to say quietly, "Well, what are you going to make of it ?" Her first thought was of the injustice of the condemnation and of finding some way to explain the situation to the woman. Her second thought, as she turned to Spirit for guidance, was: "Truth needs no defense. My business is not to attempt to justify myself to man, but to follow the Christ teachings and be true to God."
          After speaking a word of forgiveness in silent prayer, she set about turning the incident to good by declaring that it would bring to her only greater faith, greater compassion, greater understanding, a greater degree of love than ever before. As she prayed about the problem she felt as though she were infolded in a gentle atmosphere of love, that every hurt feeling was transmuted into a new awareness of love for God and all mankind."

           "Be true to God" she thought.  And with this thought we each can find a way in which to renew our consciousness to the greatest truth we will ever realize; we are the image and likeness of G-d.  We are a reflection of the love, the intelligence, the power and the spirit of G-d.  And just as the young woman was able to transmute her hurt feelings into a new awareness of love for G-d and mankind, we can too.  But we won't do this simply by asking G-d to do it for us, but by seeking the awareness that we are already capable of refreshing our own individual consciousness with a reflection of the image and likeness of G-d.

            Mary L. Kupferle
takes the words of Jesus and points us to the Christ; the spirit, intelligence and power of G-d within us:  "... when Jesus was with the disciples, "they reasoned one with another" concerning an appearance of lack and they received His deep rebuke. He charged them quickly and sternly: "Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? do ye not yet perceive, neither understand? have ye your heart hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? When I brake the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces took ye up? 
And when the seven among the four thousand, how many basketfuls of broken pieces took ye up? . . . Do ye not yet understand?"
      The disciples must have been quickly silenced and ashamed for their having looked to appearances. Jesus' rebuke was intended to bring forcibly to their attention the Christ way of judging every situation: "Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment." This message is carried down through two thousand years for your benefit and mine today, to remind us to turn aside from all that appears to be, from the lack, the inharmony, the sickness, the unhappiness, and to turn, instead, to spiritual vision, to righteous judgment."

         And so we realize that this "spiritual vision" she is referring to is for us begin to turn to that which is not seen with our physical eyes, but that which we can plainly see through faith; the unseen reality that is always calling to us to see G-d's reflection of good in everything, although often beyond the physical.  This we can see in faith with our eyes closed as we stir up the spirit within us.  This we all can do.  But we must want to see it with all our heart.  And so we see from Jesus' disciples that even though we may know that something is possible, especially when we have witnessed it personally, we must make the demand on our own consciousness in order to demonstrate the truth that we know.  In other words, we may know the truth, but if we allow our mind to be filled with its opposites, then we shall fail to maintain the life experiences that reflect what we know.
        

       Some final words from Mary:  "You and I, today, have the same claim to authority and command within ourselves that Jesus had. We are meant to call it forth and to exercise it through acceptance of our spiritual birthright and divine son-ship. We either make something of the negative appearance or we make nothing of it through our spiritual rebuke and acceptance of the one presence and power, God the good. We either let it rule us, or we, ourselves, rule by the Spirit indwelling in us."

      And so we see that this "son-ship" that is, the "part" of G-d within each of us can be expanded and embodied to a greater degree.  We do this by reminding ourselves that we are a "reflecting" the Intelligence, Power and Spirit of G-d to the degree that we recognize and identify with them.  It is not so difficult to do and most of us have had moments when we felt this transforming effect upon our mind, our heart and our soul.  Yet, we know that the degree in which we identify with this reflection of G-d varies from day to day, hour to hour and moment to moment.  It is up to each of us, just as it was to the disciples of Jesus, to determine to what degree we aspire to reach and experience.

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev
. Henry Bates

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