Does it count that I have all sorts of excuses for being diverted?
What did your spiritual teacher say this morning? What did you hear in meditation yesterday?
The message continues to be, ‘Write!’. Last night I reviewed messages received from the Guides working with Ainsley MacLeod, author of “The Instruction”. They validate my desire to tell stories with simplicity and insight. Also, I’m reminded that we all carry inner wisdom and knowing, but need to be reminded and encouraged to access our inner gold.
Thank you. You’ve expressed our message for today. When you ask us what to write, our only answer can be “write what is in your soul.” Draw out and write down what is inside that well, Soul Dipper. We give the same encouragement to all writers. Have courage to write the depth that exists. Listen to your longing. Do not fear self-expression.
Thank you, my Guides. I need to hear that often.
I was thinking about a sermon I heard from a United Church minister who was in London Ontario until 1988 and who ended up in Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York until 1992. His name was Rev. Maurice Boyd*. This feisty and charismatic preacher came from Northern Ireland which helped his gift of delivering a sermon with a lilting voice, picturesque punch, and a cunning command of comedy. He grew congregations like a gardener using Miracle-Gro – in Ireland, London (Ontario) and New York. However, it was not without cost to both his personal life and his career.
In London, a few months before he performed John’s and my wedding ceremony in 1976, “The Rev”, as we called him, began this particular sermon with a personal story. He had three daughters. They approached him one day wanting to know which one he loved the most. He was flummoxed. He really had to think fast. After a quick plea for some Divine help, he said, “It’s true. I do not love each of you equally. But I can say with absolute certainly that I do love each of you uniquely.”
Then he paused, looked over the large congregation and said, “Did you know that the whole magnificent universe was created so one exquisitely beautiful daisy could exist? Just think, the entire universe was created with all its planets, all its stars and all its mystery so a daisy could come into being. One planet contained the soil, the one tiny seed, the perfect amount of sunlight, and the essential rain so beauty could be seen in one perfect daisy.”
He paused, giving us time to bridge his opening story with this expansive concept in hopes of appropriate digestion.
He finished, “If God did all that for one tiny daisy…think of what he has done for us. Especially since we are, indeed, loved uniquely.”
Dr. Maurice Boyd clashed with the Presbyterian church officials in New York in 1992 and started his own church, The City Church, where he preached until his death in 2007. Unless he changed from our London days, had I been in New York, I would have joyfully joined his co-creation of like-minded souls. I bought tapes of his sermons years after I left London. His sermons fed me through days of spiritual dread and droughts. Besides I held such gratitude that, at our wedding ceremony, The Rev chose readings from the Gospel of John – in honour of my husband-to-be and in honour of love – the theme of that Gospel.
Thank you for writing today. We love all who visit this garden. May each person, full of beauty and uniqueness, hear the whisper of Love that is continuously sent. Be silent. Listen.
Thank you, my Beloveds. I have been remiss. I hear your reminders that the world needs each of us to meditate…to be silent and listen. Yes, I hear…thank you for your forgiveness.
* Four books of Dr. Boyd’s sermons have been published: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World, with a Foreword by Malcolm Muggeridge, (1985); Permit Me Voyage (1989); Running to Paradise (1990) and Corridors of Light (1991). Also published are The Fine Art of being Imperfect (1998), a series of broadcast talks and Why Doesn’t God Do Things Perfectly? (1999) a defense of the goodness of God in the face of evil and suffering.