The bells will be ringing this Sunday! In honor of Mother’s Day, we are honored to have the Walnut Creek United Methodist Church Youth Bell Choir here with us to perform in worship! My dear friend and Bell Master, Carol Martin, will be bringing ten of her choir teens along!
I’d like to share with you a poem about the Divine Love of our Mother Father God, with us always, through it all.
Divine Love, of our Mother God
Her love is like
an island in life’s ocean,
vast and wide
A peaceful, quiet shelter
From the wind, the rain, the tide.
Tis bound on the north by Hope,
By Patience on the West,
By tender Counsel on the South
And on the East by Rest.
Above it like a beacon light
Shine Faith, and Truth, and Prayer;
And thro’ the changing scenes of life
I find a haven there.
Blessings, Pastor Laurie
Last Sunday afternoon I had the honor of being with one of the most amazing moms I’ve ever met!
There she was, nursing four of her little ones all at the same time, with such ease and joy.
Find it hard to believe? Well, Here she is!
We are one truly “one body with many parts”. With our mothers, we were literally one body.
Hidden deep within her our genesis began. Let us on this mother’s day give thanks for the wonder of our birth, our lives, and our mothers.
Blessings and love, Pastor Laurie
Just as Paul writes, “we are one body and many parts”, it is profoundly true when we consider our relationship with our mothers… our biological mothers and with mother earth. This Sunday at 10 AM we’ll continue our celebration of Earth Month with a service about both our human mothers and our ancient mother earth. All are welcome.
I leave you with a quote from Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, Jungian psychiatrist, in “Crossing to Avalon” pp. 255-257.
“The photo of the Earth taken from outer space may be the most significant image in the evolution of human consciousness in the twentieth century; it was a gift from Apollo-NASA’s Apollo space missions. The Apollo astronauts saw the Earth from outer space for the first time. And through them, we could see the Earth as a holy island against a sea of blackness, a sunlit ocean-blue globe with swirls of clouds and glimpses of continents. This image of the Earth touched the heart and brought humanity into a planetary age, with the psychological awareness that we share the fate of the earth, which has finite resources.
The beautiful blue and white planet that is earth, a sphere flowing with light, silhouetted against the blackness of space, is a gorgeous sight. She is beautiful and vulnerable, and the only Mother Earth we have.
In photographs, Earth also has the shape of a mandala, a circle within a square, the symbol of what Jung called the Self, an image of wholeness and the archetype of meaning. The Self is whatever we experience that is greater than our small selves through which we know that there is something meaningful to our existence. The round or the circle is a feminine symbol that represented the Great Mother before humanity could know that the Earth is round. The Earth is the great Mother Goddess: she births us and breathes us and feeds us and holds us to her body with gravity, and we return to her in death.”