THIS WEEK AT THE CHAPEL - November 06, 2017
SUNDAY AT THE CHAPEL
Garnett Nash will speak to us this Sunday. His topic, “I’m Okay, You’re Okay.” Garnett always brings us a powerful message laced with humor and antidotal supporting stories. Even though I live with him, I don’t get to hear the talk until he delivers it, and I’m always pleasantly surprised to get a little more insight into my very special guy!
Chris Casses will be providing our music this Sunday. Come early enough to enjoy Laura Dendy’s prelude music, a cup of coffee and a visit with friends.
Following the Sunday Service, please plan to stay for the annual membership meeting. It will not be long, but is of great importance in the business of the Chapel.
There will be a report on the Chapel budget and finances as well as a report on the past year’s accomplishments and improvements planned for 2018.
HATHA YOGA AND QIGONG
As you know Hatha Yoga with Dana Thiele is on winter hiatus and will resume in the spring.
QIGONG will also take a winter break. The last session will be Monday, November 13.
Keep your practices going on at home until we meet again.
The Board has selected Richard’s Kids, a local charity serving needy children in Rabun County, to be the recipient of our Christmas giving. You may make a tax deductible donation by making your check payable to Richard’s Kids. There is information in the Chapel about the good work they do.
CONTACT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Remember that the Board always welcomes your input. Our contact information is:
Dee Daley (404-219-8109) email@example.com
Marie Dunkle (770-335-0967) firstname.lastname@example.org
Garnett Nash (706-782-7234) email@example.com
Joyce Oliver (828-200-9160) firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll admit it, for the past few weeks I have felt overwhelmed, and the feeling of stress has been allowed to take me over at certain moments. I’ve always somehow been assigned the role in life of the strong, unflappable one…and yes, I am the one who had to accept that role – it was my choice, though I didn’t realize it at the time. It’s an ingrained pattern learned early in childhood.
Now comes the late in life understanding that I am every bit as vulnerable as anyone else. I hurt and am scared just like all fellow beings. In order to experience real intimacy one has to surrender into that vulnerability and empty the vessel (me) of all the old defense mechanisms.
We innately long for intimacy with other human beings, with all the creatures and critters of the world, with nature and mostly with God. It’s scary to let go of the ego-manufactured character that we’ve been playing, and simply “be” – naked, as it were; our open and raw heart waiting to be mended and filled. But that difficult surrender is an important first step.
Remember when Adam and Eve “realized” they were naked and rushed to cover themselves?” That story says to me that when we encounter our own vulnerability we may be frightened and try to hide behind some protective façade. When we do that we’ve separated from our God-self and effectively abandoned the “Garden of Eden” or as I see it, a life lived in God (the garden where all needs are met).
Long ago my False Self began construction of a wall around my heart space and over the years it has begun to deteriorate and crumble. I thought it was entirely gone, but apparently the demolition is not complete. I can still, when stressed, find a hiding place in the remains. When I sink into that hiding place, I start lobbing hand grenades out to fend off any intruder. Yep, I lash out…”I’ll hurt you before you can hurt me,” becomes my mantra.
This is not a place I want to be! So, I’m going to quit defending the wall, and give my True Self permission to take away the last vestiges of my fortress. Oh, yeah, the ego is going to put up quite a fight in order not to be cast out of its long held dictatorship.
There is strength to be found in admitting one’s flaws and failings, for when they are exposed to the light of Truth, their energy is diminished and eventually they crawl away and die.
As the Christian Community prepares for the celebration of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the embodiment of the Cosmic Christ, think about this symbolism, what image can better represent vulnerability and surrender than a new born babe? The story of the Nativity clearly illustrates to us that to be born in God, we become vulnerable and trusting – a vessel pure and open with nothing false or pretentious to hinder our growth. I’ll be celebrating Christmas this year with gratitude for the gift of this message.
Wayfarers Unity Chapel is entirely supported by free-will offerings. We are richly blessed by the people in our fellowship who give, and we are grateful for your gifts. If you would like to contribute financially to support this ministry, please place your love offering in one of the donation baskets at the Chapel entrance.
*Now you may donate on line clicking here and selecting the “Donate Now” option.
Tax deductible donations may also be mailed to Estatoah Wayfarers Chapel, PO Box 474, Dillard, GA 30537. There are self addressed envelopes at the Donation Center which may be used to mail your gift.
“Divine love thru me blesses and multiplies all that I have, all that I give and all that I receive.”