Monday, September 18, 2017

Loving the one who scares you

It is written in A Course In Miracles, "There is a course for every teacher of God. The form of the course varies greatly. So do the particular teaching aids involved. But the content of the course never changes. It's central theme is always, 'God's Son is guiltless, and in his innocence is his salvation.'"

Rev. Lavanhar is a teacher of God as are all the people at All Soul's and billions of others around the world. It is Rev. Lavanhar's sermon on 09/17/17 that helps us remember what our true vocation is and that is to join with others to facilitate salvation or as A Course In Miracles calls it the Atonement which is the At-One-Ment when everybody loves everybody all the time. Impossible you say?

There are moments of grace when we have experienced this oneness with the universe but it takes, as Rev. Lavanhar reminds us, integrity to overcome our egos. Integrity is a wholeness within or as we said back in the 60s "getting our shit together." Some people have their shit together but most of us don't. It is a matter of degree because it is accurate to say that no one, on this ego plane, has his/her shit together completely. We are, to more or lesser extent, broken people. It is in unification that we compliment one another and achieve more wholeness. As Jesus promised, "Where two or more gather together in my name, there I will be." What Jesus meant was not literally in His name as in Christianity, but in His spirit which was loving the oneness of God's creation.

Today say hello to someone you don't like or who scares you and see what happens. Extending ourselves socially outside of our comfort zone may be one of the most loving things we, as egotistical human beings, can do.


  1. In thinking about this post I wondered what the blocks are they keep us from being aware of Love's presence. As you point out fear is probably the biggest one, and today in talking with a woman who was married to a drug dealer and was the victim of abuse, it became apparent to me that she was full of grief at her loses and disappointment. At times she told me, she just wished she was dead. Where has God gone? God is right there but she is unaware because her grief is so overwhelming. How to diminish the grief?

  2. This post goes together nicely with the one on radical hospitality. Loving the other is difficult and not for sissies. I did speak to a disabled black man today in a wheelchair. I think he was developmentally disabled. Seeing him made me nervous but he was with his caretaker in our supermarket and I wanted him to know that I saw him and acknowledged his presence. He smiled and drool ran down his chin and his caretaker looked me in the eye and softly said, "Thank you." Made my day.

  3. When Jesus was talking about people getting together in His name He was talking about being one with the Heavenly Father, right? Getting on the same frequency with God.