April at CSLDallas

Be Made New

This article was written March 20th, just as the coronavirus COVID-19 was really starting to take off in the United States, California was on state-wide stay-at-home orders, and Texas was not too far behind. There are many ways this can play out over the next few weeks, and without a crystal ball, no one knows. However, what can be known is that many people have been home, many people have been out of work, many people are sick, and many have died.

How then, shall we celebrate spring, Easter and our theme Be Made New?

All the chicks and bunnies that abound in the decorations this time of year come from the ancient earth and fertility goddess traditions celebrating the rebirth that comes with spring. After the abundant harvest and the cold, dead winter, the new growth reminds us that life is an eternal cycle. This deep ancient wisdom has lived in our bones since the beginning of time and yet in our modern world, so distanced from our Mother Earth, we have become comfortable with and actually assume that everything shall stay the same. Now, in this time of powerful disruption, we are once again engaged with life in its most basic terms. And we are confronted with the question “How will we take it up?”

We are Made New when we take up this season with faith, not with fear; with responsibility instead of blame, and with conviction rather than despair. Be Made New by the promise that the cycle will end, the dead of winter shall pass, and new life is sure to emerge. We have had an abundant harvest and with the ending of the cycle we have the opportunity to birth a new way of being – together, with others, and on our planet. Let a new spring emerge from this winter that is truly designed to grow a world that works, individually, for all of us, and for our planet.

The Story of the Resurrection from our Christian roots celebrates the eternality of Life, not the human physical life, but the Spiritual Life that is our essence. It is after the agony of crucifixion and the darkness of the tomb that the eternality of Life is made evident. The Resurrection reveals that while the body dies the spirit within each one of us is eternal, immortal, deathless and changeless.

We are Made New as we embrace our immortality, right here and now. We are reborn into the spiritual reality of the wholeness and perfection of every life, that no life can truly be lost, and that each spirit continues on in the dance toward full awakening. Be Made New by the promise that life goes on. Yes, we truly grieve the loved ones and all the lives lost. But our grief does not need to fall into despair because we know that each one is part of the Whole. Nor do we need to fear for our own lives. We have the opportunity to meet life with such deep faith and conviction that we can work together for a beautiful experience of Life here on earth which truly reflects the spiritual nature of all life.

May we continue to find ways to celebrate in the midst of chaos and disruption and stand firm in our faith in the midst of sickness and death. And realize that we are all in this together, holding hands and walking each other home.

We are reading The Philosophy of Jesus, updated and gender neutral by Dr Ernest Holmes, to help us navigate our path together. May you Be Made New as we love each other in community and draw ever closer and deeper to the spiritual truth and presence of the One.

BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Philosophy of Jesus

by Ernest Holmes

Throughout history, people around the world have read and wondered about the miracles of Jesus. Ernest Holmes’ The Philosophy of Jesus explores the nature of this power that Jesus used, how it operates, and how to apply it in our own lives in helping ourselves and others. What is the key that unlocks the doorway to the power greater than we are? How can we discover the secret that Jesus so plainly told us was inherent in the kind of relationship he had with God, who is present everywhere and in everyone. We tend to overlook that Jesus had access to a spiritual power that he used in every way. He was not the great exception; he was the great example. It’s time for YOU to be the great example, too. This original, spiritual classic by Ernest Holmes has been updated and edited with gender-neutral language.

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