Dynamics of Faith

Despite man’s vaunted advances in science and the healing arts, he cannot get away from the fact that in every department of life he is ultimately dependent on a Power higher than himself. In some respects, modern man enjoys a more secure existence than his ancestors; but still his days are fraught with terrible uncertainties. One never knows when accident or disease, financial failure or natural disaster will strike. Sooner or later, a time arrives in every person’s life when a connection with that Higher Power suddenly becomes of utmost urgency, bringing him to his knees, through painful desperation or worshipful devotion-the choice is his-in recognition that not a beat of the heart nor an inspiration of breath transpires without the supportive will of the Lord. That consciousness of total dependence on God is the power behind the dynamics of faith. Such reliance is not a submissive cowardice that paralyzes one’s own constructive will, but an act of consecrated deference to God through love for Him and veneration of His supremacy. – Second Coming of Christ – Discourse 34 page 621 by Paramahansa Yogananda

Do You Know God?

“Do you know God? Do you know there is a power greater than ourselves which manifests itself within us as well as everywhere else in the universe? This I call God. Do you know what it is to know God, to have God’s constant guidance, a constant awareness of God’s presence? To know God is to reflect love toward all people and all creations.To know God is to feel peace within—a calmness, a serenity, a unshakeableness which enables you to face any situation. To know God is to be so filled with joy that it bubbles over and goes forth to bless the world.”

From “Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work In Her Own Words” page 87

Love makes the stars shine brighter

Love gives and gives and never stops giving
Love is invincible
Love is the answer to all life’s problems
Love is the elixir which makes one happy
Love is the greatest gift you can give
Love is the reason the sun removes the night
Love is the tonic for all ailments
Love makes the stars shine brighter

by Charisse Colbert

Rite of Passage

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of passage?

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he does this, he must not talk about it. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and earth and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man. Finally after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night protecting his son from harm. We too are never alone. Even when we don’t know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to him.

Moral of the story:  Just because you can’t see God, doesn’t mean he is not there. We walk by faith, not by sight