Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

The words we hear ignite certain feelings that create images in the mind. When left alone, these feelings and images evolve slowly or quickly into the physical realm. The invisible feelings, emotions and images of the mind become visible depending upon their intensity.  These mental impressions are forerunners to “the word”; i.e., a single distinct meaningful mental seed that contains its own fulfillment.

Yes, the words we hear are immediately translated and transcribed into our memory or subjective mind. They may be called into action at any time, either deliberately through conscious choice, or unconsciously through resonating with the belief it contains. 

Many words carry more than one meaning, therefore the context that they connote needs to be understood. Otherwise, what evolves into form may be different than expected, and in most cases not even remembered as having once been a feeling.

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“Grace” is one of those words that is rarely misunderstood. It always implies some natural goodness. When I hear the word ‘grace’ I sense and feel the essence of loveliness. Images of simple elegance flowing with effortless ease enter my mind. Soon I find myself in an environment of courteous goodwill, respect, consideration, and thoughtfulness. 

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The word ‘grace’ triggers a spiritual awareness within me. I begin to feel and sense an Intimate Presence divinely guiding the affairs of my life, bringing about peace and tranquility in all my undertakings. This awareness of The Great Mystery of my being inspires me to devote more quiet time contemplating The Beloved of my soul.  

I notice that whenever I begin to forgive myself for human errors that may have caused a negative experience for myself or another, the energy of love, peace and harmony surround me, infusing my consciousness with a sense of well-being. Once I decide to let go and let God, I notice unexpected good flowing in my life even before I imagined its possibility.

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Ernest Holmes says: “Grace is the giving-ness of Spirit to Its Creation and is not a special law, but a specialized one. In other words, Grace is, but we need to recognize it. It is not something God imposed upon us, but is the logical result of the correct acceptance of life and of a correct relationship to the Spirit.” 

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The more aware I become of the Love of Spirit all around, the more inspired I become to practice random acts of kindness; to forgive easily, gaze more deeply into nature, and to become a beneficial presence in the world, doing that which is mine to do. 

This Week’s Affirmation

“I walk this world with grace.”
By Natasha Brown

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