Who is Your Neighbor? – March 1, 2020

Who, exactly, are our neighbors? What does loving them look like? Are there those you leave out of your circle of love? This Sunday we will explore what building community looks like and how navigating this terrain begins within us. 

Joni Lorraine will be our Guest Speaker this Sunday.  Joni is a long time Prayer Chaplain at Unity Church of the Hills and currently attends the Seminary of the Southwest.  Joni will soon begin a Summer Chaplain Internship at Baylor Scott and White. Joni has enriched our congregations many times with her programs on “Conscious Conversations.”

 

The quote that Joni shared during the Service is from Martin Laird’s Into The Silent Land. A WONDERFUL book on centering prayer.

 

The marvelous world of thoughts, sensation, emotions, and inspiration, the spectacular world of creation around us, are all patterns of stunning weather on the holy mountain of God. But we are not the weather. We are the mountain. Weather is happening – delightful sunshine, dull sky, or destructive storm – this is undeniable. But if we are the weather happening on Mount Zion (and most of us do precisely this with our attention riveted to the video), then the fundamental truth of our union with God remains obscured and our sense of painful alienation heightened. When the mind is brought to stillness we see that we are the mountain and not the changing patterns of weather appearing on the mountain. We are the awareness in which thoughts and feelings (what we take to be ourselves) appear like so much weather on Mount Zion. For a lifetime we have taken this weather – our thoughts and feelings – to be ourselves, taken ourselves to be this video to which the attention is riveted. Stillness reveals that we are the silent, vast awareness in which the video is playing.

To glimpse this fundamental truth is to be liberated, to be set free from the fowler’s snare (Ps 123:7)

‘Whoever trusts in the Lord is like Mount Zion: Unshakable, it stands forever” (Ps 125:1).

“Mount Zion, true pole of the earth, the great King’s city” (Ps 48:2).