The beauty of October is upon us! Autumn in Ohio is a very brief season before the long months of winter begin. Each cool, sunshiny day is precious! I find, that in the busyness of life, I often forget to pause for a moment and be fully present to God’s beauty in the autumn flowers, in the sunlight, and in the sunset cooing of a Mourning Dove.
A Well-Known Secret
There’s a well-known secret that I’d like to share with you…. A moment of conscious appreciation makes all the difference between a life of busyness and a life of blessings. Appreciation is such a powerful way of focusing our feeling-thoughts, that it can lift us up to the awareness of our oneness with God. I’m reminded of a poem entitled My Love to Thee by Unity’s co-founder, Myrtle Fillmore:
The hours I’ve spent with Thee, dear Lord,
Are pearls of priceless worth to me.
My soul, my being merge in sweet accord
In love for Thee; in love for Thee.
Each hour a pearl, each pearl a prayer,
Binding Thy presence close to me;
I only know that Thou are there, and I
Am lost in thee.
Oh, glorious joys that thrill and bless!
Oh, visions sweet of live divine!
My soul its rapturous bless can ill express
That Thou art mine, O Lord! That Thou art mine.
Myrtle expressed such appreciation for every sacred moment of communion with God! And while we may give thanks for all that is around us, we are truly uplifted when we are anchored on the presence of God within us.
Devotion and Joy
How can you and I, as ordinary people, aspire to such deep devotion and joy? I believe we can begin with appreciation and giving thanks for everything. Appreciate not only the flower, but also the soil that contains the unseen seed. Appreciate not only the sunlight, but also the rain. Appreciate not only the Dove’s song, but also the long and silent night.
No matter what you are facing now, conscious appreciation will lift you up. In this season of bounty and beauty, may we all come into the joyful awareness of God’s presence within and all around us.
Light and Love to you,