Look Up

Humanity is Resilient

(John 17: 1)  After Jesus spoke these words, he looked up to heaven and said,”Father the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you.”

Another senseless, tragic shooting in Las Vegas reminds us terrorists are within our own borders and even closer than that; terror strikes at the heart of those who refuse to question their own thinking, motives and actions. Many write posts saying we must live in peace, love one another while others call for stricter laws on gun control and question the motives behind any civilian thinking they need an arsenal of automatic weapons?

We are heart-broken over these atrocities and it is an act of self-preservation to look for the instigator of this terror and blame him or her or policies or ideologies and anything or anyone who was a contributing factor to this massacre.

Terrorist ideologies, plots and actions happen within us.
Many who are on the spiritual path think we’ve done at least enough inner work to stop us from acting out in such a violent way. And then we read about those in spiritual positions abusing their position of trust. The reason I bring clergy into this is to point out that no one is immune to the emotional turmoil that arises when an error belief takes hold, or the pain of losing someone becomes too unbearable.  In the case of this man, I read that this man, who had money, became overwhelmed with his gambling debts.
“Forgive us our debts as we have forgiven our debtors”
Forgiveness is an ongoing continuous technique we all need to keep clear from the insidious reasoning and mental machinations that come up in us when we are tired and hurt and weary from being tired and hurt and weary.
So what can we do?

Jesus showed us.  After he spoke these words, he looked up to heaven and said “Father, the hour has come, glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you.” We must not fall into the downward spiral of trying to fix these horrendous events when the cause of all the terror stems from not being connected to God/Source/Higher Power/Love.  Whatever name you want to call this Presence that lives us all.

Humanity is resilient – Good people everywhere came out to help, to support, to pray, to comfort. That is humanity’s true nature.  But when we start to believe crazy thoughts, and we can feel it when we do,  we must stop and take a moment to Look up and Pray,
“Glorify your Son so the Son may glorify you.”

This is telling us to raise the level of our thinking to what is good, what is kind, what is compassionate, what works, what is life supportive. Remember we walk in the light when we raise up our consciousness.  In the raising up of our consciousness our energy lifts others up, and gives hope. A war on terror guarantees its perpetuation,  for violence begets violence.  Violence and terror are symptoms that we are blind to the light and are in the throes of hallucinogenic fear.

Let us look up to heaven and say, “Father, lift up my thoughts so that I may shine your light of Love and let the animating light of God shine in all.”

In Oneness we Trust
Blessings, Rev Janice


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