Words from Rev Dan
Our Guest Speaker is Rev. Denise DeSimone and her Talk is - "Love loves to love"
Our Guest Speaker is Rev. Denise DeSimone and her Talk is - "YES = Your Evolved Self"
Rev. Dan's Talk: "Healthy Self-Esteem VI - X"
Rev Dan's Talk - "Healthy Self-Esteem, I - V"
Rev Dan's Talk - "Masters of Disguise - Shame & Guilt II"
We can be free of toxic shame.
Rev Dan's Talk - "Masters of Disguise - Shame & Guilt"
Rev Dan's Talk - the last of the K.I.S.S series, "What is yours to do?"
This is happy Labor Day! The last Sunday of the summer.
Before I get started ,I just want to recognize an amazing lady. Faith Kindness. The last 30 days she's had two surgeries and she's up here doing celebration leader! I told her today, this morning, what we've been talking about, becoming masters of our mind, she’s been living it. I had to laugh this morning. A lot of people would've had the second surgery and thought it was such a big deal. She said, “Dan, you know what the funniest part of this whole month was? After going through both of those surgeries, this week I got the most upset because I couldn't get my telephone system to work.” I said we get lessons from all over. You never know where they're coming from. Thank you Faith, for being such an example for all of us.
I wanted to share a personal story today. Our four-legged daughter, Kiwi Grace was part of Jacqueline’s life for 4 years before I met her. If you know anything about dogs, a Chihuahua and Dachshund mix is pretty intense. Kiwi Grace is only willing to except a couple of people into her life. In the beginning there was only one and it took me a while to get included, a long while. Well when we were getting ready to head out on vacation, Kiwi Grace was getting so sick, I had to carry her up and down the stairs. When we took her to the vet, they said she was diabetic and we would have to begin to give her two shots a day of insulin. For a dog who doesn't like people to touch her at all (unless she wants to be touched) this got to be a bit of chaos. We had this most peaceful home that became chaos. You’d be amazed how quickly 12 hours came around. An hour, maybe an hour and half before it was time to do the shot, we started looking at each other. Jacqueline, as time came close, started to hyperventilate. As we got closer to the time we’d look at each other and Kiwi Grace is watching us to see if we're making a move to go to get the shot. I don't care what anyone says, that dog knows when it was time. So we were getting to the place where our wonderful peaceful pleasant home was in chaos.
So finally I said to Jacqueline, maybe we’ve got to practice what I preach and pray about this. We prayed and it got worse. I think we were in alignment with last Sunday’s message and we were praying amiss. Finally one day I sat down and since there is the Divine within me and the Divine within Jacqueline and the Divine within Kiwi Grace, we need to ask the Divine to talk to Kiwi Grace. That this is for her, to help her. It’s peaceful. We’re not trying to hurt her because she’s never been hurt like this. It didn’t happen overnight. Slowly, things began to change. It’s amazing. This morning Kiwi Grace just jumped up on the love seat where we give her the shot. Not a bark, not even a whimper. She just knows it’s for her best now.
I thought, the Divine, God is in the details. So many times we think we can do it ourselves. I thought we could do it ourselves. But when we got to the point where we were so frustrated, we asked. Why did we wait that long? I mean, we should have started there, right? One thing I’ve learned is we all are incomplete. Including me. We’re on this journey. We forget these things sometimes.
Don’t forget! In the minute details to connect to the Divine from within. It’s all wisdom. I didn’t know how to talk to Kiwi. Jacqueline didn’t know how to. But something is happening and out of all of this, we have our peaceful home back. As you go through this week, look for those places in your life where your emotional GPS, for me it’s my gut, tells you you’re stewed up, stirred up. That’s when you can just take the time, to say, “Wait a minute.” Connect with your inner wisdom and ask for guidance. It worked for us with this most intense thing. We now have a new normal. All there of us are getting along fine. Kiwi Grace ran up and down North Field Mountain twice this week so she’s doing great.
Don’t forget it’s in the minute details Just ask. Remember what we heard last week. Our job is to ask. Jacqueline and I forgot to ask. The second piece of that is, believe it’s going to happen. When we finally got to the point where we could believe that something could happen, we receive it. So we got to get ourselves in alignment with the way the rules are laid out.
This Sunday, UPV is combining their Sunday Service with a Potluck Picnic.
It will be held at Bascom's home in Shelburne Falls.
There will be NO service at 43 Silver Street.