For Thanksgiving Day table grace and blessing, Unity friends and employees offer their favorite thanksgiving prayers and Bible quotes to share with family and friends gathered at the table.
One of the most widespread problems of modern times is what is often called the “pressure syndrome.” Certainly most of us are all too familiar with the high-level tension seemingly built into life and work, causing stress and all sorts of compound problems of mind and body.
There are many situations in which we may typically respond with stress: a multimillion dollar financial crunch for a business executive; an accumulation of bills to pay with the often inadequate take-home pay of the average worker; two term papers due on the same day for the student; a make-or-break audition for a musician or actor.
From the January/February 2016 issue of Unity Magazine®. This article is a finalist in the 2016 Folio: Magazine Eddie awards.
“There is something called peace.”
Sometimes you hear someone speak and their words ingrain themselves into the creases on your palms and the blood in your veins. They settle into your bones and stay there, rattling around in your thoughts and refusing to let you hear anything else.
Just a couple weeks shy of his 28th birthday, Meico Whitlock made a spur-of-the-moment decision to go out for dinner with a co-worker. That decision changed his life.
“It was a great night,” Meico recalls, remembering the conversation and sushi he enjoyed with his work friend. At the time Meico, who is from Atlanta, Georgia was living in Silver Springs, Maryland, and working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The incarnate God is a potent embodiment of what I think of as the truth about the human lot: that we are mixed, flesh, blood, spirit, mind—and that the holy is inseparable, not only from matter, but from the narrative of our lives.—Mary Gordon
A happy face, an enthusiasm for life, an energy that achieves worthwhile things—all these kindle our admiration when we see others expressing them. As we delight in every evidence of good health that we observe in others, we may even wish that we had the same zest for living.
Changing our thoughts about our bodies can bring us a new consciousness of life and health. By thinking and praying positively, we develop a firm realization of the spiritual quality of life and a better understanding of Jesus’ words, “It is the spirit that gives life” (Jn. 6:63).
Every one of us has had experiences to meet that at first seemed difficult but proved to be times of growth and gain. Through these experiences, we discovered new strengths in ourselves, we unfolded new powers and capabilities, we experienced a closer unity with God, and we relied on God with a faith greater than we knew we possessed.
Every experience is our teacher; we learn from the persons, the events, the circumstances that surround us. Most of the time we are not aware that we are learning because we are more aware of the struggle we are making. Like the child struggling to get to her feet, to learn to walk, we do not see that our efforts are teaching us and freeing us.
Do you feel today that your faith is rock-bottom low? Do you feel that you cannot hold out another minute in steadily believing that good will come through the experience facing you or someone you love? Does it seem that every door is closed, that your path is increasingly difficult? Take heart, dear friend, and know that almost every one of us feels this way at times in our search for guidance, healing, encouragement, new understanding of ourself, our life, and ways to meet each challenge as it arises.
The strength you need will come through. The release you seek at this very moment will break through and flood your being. The answers will become clear. The doors will open. The light will dawn!
I first heard of Eric Butterworth back in 1955. At that time I was a performer based in San Francisco, and my voice teacher happened to be a lay minister at the local Unity Church. He took me to his church the first time and I never left. …
What I found to be so compelling in Butterworth’s teachings, and still do, is that the power of God, the essential spirit, is within each of us. We can ignore that, or we can draw upon it and decide to grow. We can heal ourselves—or at least heal ourselves enough to know that we may need the help of a professional. And it’s just a marvelous way of looking at the world. …
I have made what seems to me a discovery. I was very sick; I had all the ills of mind and body that I could bear. Medicine and doctors ceased to give me relief and I was in despair, until I found practical Christianity, I affirmed my beliefs, and I was healed. I did most of the healing myself, because I wanted the understanding for future use. This is how I made what I call my discovery: