Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

“And what is it to work with Love?
It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit.”
~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet ~

The idea that the only Life there is, is God, is awe-inspiring and far-reaching in its implication.  The concept of One Presence expressing in multiplicity means each one of us is an individualization of the One. This whole notion is filled with promise and unlimited potential.  It implies and stands to reason that the nature of God is everyone’s inherent and changeless nature. 

This train of thought may cause one to question their true purpose, or ponder, what is mine to do? Until that inner question is satisfied, the sincere truth seeker may experience divine discontent; an emptiness that can only be filled by the energy of unity … the fullness of belonging. Once awakened to our true identity and aligned with The High Ideal … every thought, word, and deed becomes a dynamic and energetic force for good released into the world.

Emma Curtis Hopkins tells us, “There are three ways of dealing with the principles announced in Truth. There is the deep thinking which the mind exercises respecting them. There is the speaking them forth which we do not hesitate to do. There is the careful recording of them, which is writing down what we know of them. The next is living them, which we are sure to do if we think, speak, and write them. It is by faithfully doing all these things with Spiritual doctrine that we accomplish the works of the Spirit in us.”

In Ms. Hopkins’ statement, she provides a clear regiment of spiritual practices that is sure to bring one to a point of self-realization, identifying the Spirit in us as Peace, Love, Harmony, Beauty, Joy, Order, Wisdom, Abundance, Intelligence and more … all that make up the totality of God. One may conclude that expressing these qualities as a way of life is our purpose, to the end that we become contributors to a world that works for everyone. 

True purpose and belonging have nothing to do with a particular vocation one chooses to follow, or the social skills one has acquired, although they permeate those things.  Instead, they become embodied characteristics of a way of life that the enlightened have discovered. Purpose and belonging are like a response to a personal call to action that gives reason for one’s existence.

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Oprah Winfrey has been known to ask her guest interviewees, “What is the one thing you know for sure? This thought-provoking question, when carefully scrutinized and answered, reveals a life principle that undergirds one’s individual life and out-pictures in some way into the whole of humanity. 

The one thing we know for sure can be measured against anything, anywhere, and at any time, and with true observation, the nature of that thing is predictable, reliable, and consistent. Whenever we speak about it or act upon it, there is a sense of purpose, confidence, fulfillment, and belonging to something greater than ourselves. In many ways, it is the evidence of that which is not seen. 

What do you know for sure and how are you letting it support the further evolution of humanity through what you think, say, and do? 

This Weeks Affirmation

I AM the power and the purpose to create good things in my life.

Keith Childers

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  1. Thank you Rev. Mary!



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