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This house of God is open for you; the Lord has been waiting to see you come home.

A place to leave behind the past, to have the
fullness of the present,
and to look forward to the bright future.

Everyone at some point feels the need for renewal – whether we’re faced with boredom over the same old reactions to the same old problems, wearied by recurring situations that remained unsolved, or challenged by predictable flash points in some relationships. Worn out views are sometimes like worn out shoes. Familiarity makes us reluctant to let them go. They feel part of our lives. But if you are plagued by the same old problems, and you react as you did yesterday and the day before, isn’t it time for a new point of view?

 

Prayer helps open the way for renewal and healing. Such prayer should include the persistent acknowledgment of God’s presence and power, which brings to light your divinely established relationship with God, as His spiritual idea. Even if you don’t feel very spiritually minded as you’re reading this right now, you can become more aware of the divine view God holds for each of us. Knowing that He sees us as perfect, eternal and good enables us to face and solve our problems, whether they include ill health, unhappy or tense relationships, immorality, lack, or some other difficulty.

 

Rooting out our dull, repetitious thinking, and identifying ourselves as having spiritual qualities, such as joy, intelligence, usefulness, helps us to stop mulling over depressing situations. It opens the way for new ideas, which actually are ever at hand. They constitute our essential nature as God’s creation. As our relation to God, who is the origin of our being, dawns in our thought; its light dispels outmoded, depressing concepts. Seeing ourselves in this correct light is a vital step toward healing and fresh beginnings.

 

Recognizing the reflected presence of right ideas from the Infinite Intelligence that is God, results in spiritual insights. As a result of daily looking for and appreciating new facets of our being as revealed through seeing ourselves spiritually, the negative, long-held views begin to fade. Along with their disappearance go the attendant problems. It’s useful to realize that we are inseparable from God, and reflect the intelligence needed to address whatever knotty situations we face. Such problems might suggest that we are stuck with them and that they can separate us from God, but that is never true.

 

Coming to know ourselves as God knows us reveals our spiritual nature. This discovery of our true worth in the light of God’s love is a continuing and healing adventure, one in which Jesus was constantly engaged. As we daily rejoice in this new view, we can join the prophet Jeremiah in his statement of assurance, “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved these with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.”

 

Tiring of our problems can move us to become aware of the man or woman we truly are. This awareness enables us to challenge and conquer undesirable cycles of behavior – to see them instead as opportunities to express more fully the redemptive qualities of our loving Father.

Then each day can bring a fresh opportunity to discover more of who we are as the sons and daughters of God. In turn, these new views will dispel whatever would tempt us to believe otherwise.

In His Light,

Bishop Raymond Contois

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