September 23    

Today's quotation:

All people are special, and all moments are golden.  There is no person and there is no time more special than another.  Many people choose to believe that God communicates in special ways and only with special people.  This removes the mass of the people from responsibility for hearing Godís message, much less receiving it (which is another matter), and allows them to take someone elseís word for everything.

Neale Donald Walsch

Today's Meditation:

God's message.  Is it possible that we're hearing that message all day, every day, yet that we don't listen to it because there's just no way that God is talking to us?  After all, most of us aren't even sure that there is a God that would communicate with us, are we?  Many of us believe in a God who's way out in the universe somewhere, in a place called heaven that really hasn't been put on a map yet.

But no matter what we consider God to be, the moments of our lives just keep on coming, and we very often refuse to see the specialness of those moments, especially when they seem on the surface to be quite mundane.  But do we accept them as mundane because we're afraid to see them as special, because if they're truly special, we may feel a need or a responsibility to treat them as if they were truly special?  If we can avoid hearing God's voice in the gifts of the moments, then, as Neale says, we can take someone else's word for whatever we want, and we tend to search out people who will confirm the beliefs we already have-- and we end up learning nothing.

The presence of God doesn't need to be a point of contention.  If you believe in God differently than I do, that's fine-- I'm truly glad that you have something to believe in.  If you don't believe in God, that's fine with me, too; but I do hope that you're able to make the most of the special moments that you have in your life.  If you do believe in God, though, don't sell God short-- let him talk to you, and do some listening while you're at it.  You may be amazed at the wonderful things you're being told, but just haven't been hearing yet.

We don't have to have a complete grasp on who and what God is-- it truly doesn't matter.  Our concern is with that part of God that's in each of us, and with the messages that we're getting all the time, often from that part inside us.  Knowledge of the presence of God-- whatever we conceive God to be-- brings peace and allows for compassion and love, and it's just as much up to us to be as accepting of any messages as we can be as it is up to God to communicate with us, in the ways s/he finds to be most appropriate.

Questions to consider:

Why do so many people feel that a God would never communicate with them?

What are some of the most important messages that you've ever gotten from God?  How did you get them?

Why is it so hard to pay attention to possible messages from God?

For further thought:

When I remember that the primary purpose of life is to feel and appreciate the presence of God, to live from a state of love and compassion, and to be of service to others, then instantly, like magic, I begin to feel at peace.


Richard Carlson

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