A wooden table and a stained glass window that reads, “The Light That Shines for You”—priceless keepsakes that helped merge the past and affirm a bright future for staff and volunteers at Silent Unity® and Daily Word® in the United Kingdom when they relocated from a much-loved yet deteriorating 110-year-old Victorian house in the town of Maidenhead to modern offices in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, last fall.
“Help me learn how to pray.” It is a statement or question that as a minister, I get often. As I read the Gospels, I notice that Jesus must have also gotten that question quite a bit because so much of his teachings are on how to pray.
One lesson that Jesus gives over and over again is on the power of gratitude as a prayer. So often we think of gratitude as an effect. We say thank you after the fact. But when you read the stories of Jesus, particularly the stories of the miracles, we find him giving thanks to the Father in advance of his request.
On New Year’s Eve 1914 a large crowd gathered to dedicate a new Unity administration building in Kansas City, Missouri. Bundled in heavy winter coats, the people stood in the dark street before two giant limestone columns. Myrtle and Charles Fillmore, founders of Unity School of Christianity, watched as handwritten blessings from around the world were added to the cornerstone. At midnight the crowd saw electric lights illumine the dark structure as the ring of chimes ended the silence.
How do you define a miracle? Is it something tangible such as winning the lottery, surviving a plane crash, or finding the perfect mate? Or are miracles more metaphysical and spiritual in nature; for example, the law of attraction or the ability to create one's own life experience?