Oakland church

“We Are All Meant to Shine, as Children Do”

This Sunday as we continue to explore the unconventional wisdom of the Beatitudes, and discover how, through our acts of mercy, compassion, and justice, we pass on, and shine forth, the love that we have received.

Join us as we continue to support the poor, right here in Oakland, with our “Stop Shivering Sunday” collection of clothes with those in need in Alameda County!

For your further reflection I am sharing with you one of my favorite quotes entitled, “Our Deepest Fear”:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

—-from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.


Pastor Laurie

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