Begin Again

Leddy Hammock

I can feel a change is coming.

I have released the old year, and I am ready to begin again.

I can feel myself outgrowing this life I’ve been living in. So, by the power of my word of faith, I begin again.

I am now speaking into creation a good new year ? a good new life. I know I’m going to be all right. Lovingly,

I send forth my word of wisdom and faith and I begin again.

Happy New You

Sue Riley

Let all the heartaches be forgot and never brought to mind.

Let all the sorrows fade away. We’ll keep the good in mind.

“And here’s a hand, my trusted friend, and lend a hand o’ thine.

We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet for the days of auld lang syne.

Joy to the World!

Leddy Hammock

leddy-beach2-200x200Inspired by lyrics to “It’s a Wonderful Life” by Robert Anderson and Kelly Corsino:

Stop! Look! It’s a beautiful sight!

We’re here at the manger, in Love’s holy light!

That same star shines, shines so bright!

A lifetime of memories, feels like Christmas, all right!

Joy to the world, with love, peace, and light! Right here and now, it’s a wonderful life!

Shepherds Show Up

Leddy Hammock

Stables, by Peter Mayer

In Bethlehem a manger waits, long ago and so today,
Where hatred-weary people pray Love will come and lay there.

And so do countless stables stand in hearts as harsh as desert lands,
Rough shelters in the wind and sand, so Love will come and stay there ?.

Love that opens fists of hate, heaps of gold on beggars’ plates,
Love that shows a kindly face to enemies and strangers.

And walls of stables tremble so when winds of fear and judgment blow.
For a stable hopes in Love alone and knows that Love’s the answer.

Oh, Love, the prophets’ only word, the only lesson left to learn,
The only end of heaven’s work, and the only road that goes there ?

Love that sees with mercy’s eyes, holds its arms out open wide,
Threads its loom with separate lives and weaves them all together.

So, may the lamps of stables glow brightly lit that light may go
for miles in the darkness, so Love will find its way there.

MAGI

Leddy Hammock

Deep in my heart, I long to find the Christ.

When the willful self cannot find the Christ, inner guidance reveals His presence.

To the Christ Child indwelling every heart belong the gifts of Truth, Love, and Life.

As I behold the inner Christ, I am not ruled by selfishness. I walk with the wise.

Yes, Way!

Leddy Hammock

Even when there seems to be no outer way, there is an inner way.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall conceive and receive divine ideas.

I am reflecting upon the message that Love brought: I am the beloved of God, born of a pure thought.

Shelter me, Holy Spirit, whisper to me from above.

So, forever my heart will hear it: nothing’s impossible for Love.

What Now?

Dell deChant

Inspired by lyrics to “A Quiet Christmas” by Michael Gott

“When there’s too much to do in too little time, my heart longs for peace.

Far from the hurry and noise, I leave the cares behind and find a quiet place inside.

I can slow my mind and just breathe.

Here is the joy, here is the peace that makes way for a quiet Christmas,

Where peace on earth meets peace of mind.”

Please welcome former long-time associate minister Dell deChant when he returns as guest speaker this Sunday!

Dell is the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida. He is a Master Instructor and has served at USF since 1986. The author of three books, over 30 articles in professional publications, and chapters in twelve books, Dell’s specialization is religion and contemporary cultures. His current research focuses on the relationship of religion and ecology in American popular culture, especially religious and ecological issues related to food production.

Dell also Chairs the Environmental Committee of the City of New Port Richey. He is a founding member of Food Policy Council of Pasco Country, a member of the Board of Directors of Ecology Florida, and the member of the steering committee for Friendship Farms & Fare.

When It’s Hard to Be Grateful

Leddy Hammock

(inspired by lyrics by Tim Burnaman):

I give thanks, even when I do not know what the future will be like:, even when I don’t understand why things can seem so difficult, even when I have to go in a new direction.

The more I give thanks, even when it’s hard to be grateful, the more blessings I see:

“Here and now, I am free. I go inside peacefully. Where I look, let there be blessings here for me. Blessings here I see.

Breathe in and out, soft and slow. At this time I let go. Where I look, let there be blessings here for me. Blessings here I see.

All on a journey on our way, different paths here today. Where I look, let there be blessings here for me. Blessings here I see.

Here and now, I am free I go inside peacefully. Where I look let there be blessings here for me. Blessings here I see.”

 
 

Faith to Go on

Leddy Hammock

(lyrics by Jana Stanfield):

“Increase my faith, in the things I cannot see ? the things I cannot prove, yet I choose to believe.”

“When I’m losing my way, it’s these words I pray: Oh, increase my faith, increase my faith.”

“Open my mind, to the things I need to know, thoughts I need to hold, and the ones I can let go.”

“When I’m losing my way, it’s these words I pray: Oh, increase my faith, increase my faith.”

Telling Time

Leddy Hammock

(“Affirmations” in Lessons in Truth by H. Emilie Cady, 1895:

“God is life, love, intelligence, substance, omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence.”

“I am a child or manifestation of God, and every moment His life, love, wisdom, power, flow into and through me.  I am one with God, and am governed by His laws.”

“I am Spirit, perfect, holy, harmonious.  Nothing can hurt me or make me sick or afraid, for Spirit is God, and cannot be hurt or made sicko r afraid.  I manifest my real self through this body now.”

“God works in me to will and to do whatsoever He wishes me to do, and He cannot fail.”

As I believe, I will receive!

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