Monday, December 10, 2012
By Rev. Matthew E. Long
When we are inspired, we recognize and give thanks to our higher power. We consciously invoke an awareness of the infinite, unlimited, eternal existence that we call God. We know the peace that is God's great pleasure for us.
This awakening, or new birth, is called "Emmanuel" or "God is with us" (Matt. 1:23). It is a conscious awareness of our intimate connection with the Divine. This is not an egocentric glorification of self. It is a selfless experience with the ultimate, infinite, unlimited, eternal existence of the absolute good that is God.
The outer world is a reflection of our inner state of awareness. When we are negative, we tend to draw to us experiences to reinforce the negativity. Likewise, when we are loving and joyous, we draw to us experiences to support our joy. Even those inevitable brushes with unwelcome events and people are more easily met with compassion.
When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him. ---- Matthew 1:24
reprinted from Unity's "If Every Day Were Christmas Advent 2012"