This weekend, the Children’s moment was the shining star of the service. Henriette Myers reminded us that the Holy Spirit Lives in our hearts! Not exists, not sits there like a lump on a log, but lives, resides and takes up residence. And she asked the kids (bur really, she was probably talking to all of us!) “What happens when you have Joy?”
Her response was so special.
Take a moment in a quiet place and picture in your mind, follow along with feeling.
Thank you, Henriette, for reminding us that Joy is in our hearts, we just need to look inside, listen and feel, and then let it out, let is shine forth!
Have a joyful day!
Vicki Schneider leads Christian Yoga and Meditation classes at Calvin Christian Reformed Church located on Norton Avenue. Join her for a class today!
In this bustling season of shopping, decorating, visiting family & friends we often forget to be joyful.
Joy breathes - Take a moment to slow down and breathe.
Joy surrounds, enters, lifts and supports each of us. - Take a moment to notice our blessings and feel how fortunate we are.
Joy is happiness over-flowing. First it fills all the nooks and crannies of our bodies and souls then spills over to be shared with others. - Share a moment with a friend or family member, maybe someone you haven't spoken with in awhile.
According to Rev. John DeBoer, "Joy is the reflection of Christ's presence within us." Allow your spirit to be surrounded and supported and Be the light this holiday season!
Have a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. See you next year on the 10th.
Blessings and namaste,
The title of this post came from the book, 100 favorite Bible Verses. Passage 15 in this book tells us that "the Psalms are a tapestry of human emotions.” The poetry of prayer in the Psalms weaves together anger, fear, joy, longing, despair, praise and passion. All emotions we feel every day.
But this psalm “Be Still and Know that I am God” is God’s answer to us. “It is brief and straightforward: Stop and remember who is on your side.”
But if you look closely at the psalm, it is anything but calm. It talks of mountains collapsing and earthquakes. All of these images are reflections on how we sometimes feel, especially when we feel like our lives are out of control. But when the Psalm mentions to “Be still, the whole tone of the passage changes from outside chaos to internal rest." We can do the same.
I loved what Pastor Jerry said this Sunday that red is the symbol of Joy and Fire. And the fire begins with the Spirit in us. And, the fire, that Spirit changes us. When we are grounded in love, strengthened in inner being, we get a sense of peace. He said that the Spirit is the energy of the heart of God, that transfers from the heart of God to your heart. We get this when we step away from the distractions of life and look inward.
And this is what the practice of yoga is all about. It is about learning how to live in the world while at the same time seeking God. When we practice yoga we are practicing and re-instilling our connection with God.
When we practice, we can "Stop, and remember who is on our side."
Blessings and namaste,
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