Contemplation Day20

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 20

We were all created in His image, and yet we were each created different and unique. No two people are alike. No hearts beat to the same rhythm. If God had wanted everyone to be the same, He would have made it so. Therefore, disrespecting differences and imposing your thoughts on others is tantamount to disrespecting God’s holy scheme.”

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Today we affirm: I release my preconceived beliefs to seek clarity and compassion.

Therefore, disrespecting differences and imposing your thoughts on others is tantamount to disrespecting God’s holy scheme. Rule 20

As I was contemplating the Rule20 and today’s Lent reading I realized that …

One of the greatest misunderstanding that I have witnessed within myself and others is the assumption that we think alike. We don’t. We are all uniquely geared and therefore has an individualistic view on everything that Life comprises. 

Assuming that ‘we understand each other’ is a mistake that often leads to hurt feelings and broken relationships.

When I was younger, I was convinced that it was my job to change people’s minds because they did not understand me. It took me quite a bit of soul-searching to accept and respect others’ views. Nobody knows it all. Learning to ask questions and actively listen to others is a gift in disguise. People have such amazing stories to tell. There is so much to learn from every conversation, as long as we are open to listen. 

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click

Sacred Ground

I love churches. They say that all of them was built on holy ground. There must be something about that because every time I am in a church, temple, synagogue, or any other building filled with Spirit, I feel touched and in a way blessed.
 
I do not believe that churches of any kind are ‘homes’ where God resides. The only temple where the Divine resides in the physical is ‘physical bodies’ of different living beings. The Spirit of God dwells in us all whether we are aware of it or not.
 
Nevertheless, spiritual centres regardless of the way they are called give us a place where we can turn within, meditate and turn our attention back to God.