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NO NEW THING

Continuing to follow the Wisdom of Solomon, son of David, he tells us “there is no new thing under the sun.”  In Ecclesiastes 1:9 KJV, Solomon tells us:  “The things that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done.”  Yet, with the arrival of each calendar year, we set about thinking and planning to do something new or different in what we call the New Year—we make a new resolution.

 

However, if we would deeply ponder the words of Solomon, we may well change our thinking and planning to return to that which has been, rather than embark upon that which we think and feel is new.  We may discover that it has been of our own accord to depart from the loving promises and protection of our Father, God the Good.  And in this discovery, the words of God, spoken by Malachi (3:7 KJV):  “Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of host,” may again speak to our conscious mind and heart with resounding effect, thus returning us to the love and law of God.

 

And then, to glorify God in our understanding of “There is no new thing under the sun,” we may decide to return to eating healthy, exercising, praying and meditating more often, and giving our attention to living an imaginative, faith-filled life of joy, peace, and love.  We may return to reviewing the teaching of Jesus, encouraging us to treat others as we wish to be treated (see Luke 6:31).  Our hearts may quicken with forgiveness of ourselves and others—forgiveness for anything we may have judged unjust.  This return is simply a return to that which we really are --that which we’ve always been –a return to love.

 

At last, we find pondering Solomon’s words of wisdom brings us to the realization that the “new” we are thinking and planning, is but a renewing of the mind to again put our faith and trust in our creator---I AM.

 

As Paul so lovingly shared:  “And be renewed in the spirit of mind” (Ephesians 4:23, KJV).   And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him” (Colossians 3:10, KJV).

 

Christine Randle, LUT

 

 

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UNITY OF OAK PARK
405 N Euclid Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302

Phone: 708-848-0960
Fax: 708-848-0158
E-Mail: unity@unityoakpark.org

CELEBRATIONS OF LOVE

For centuries, we have celebrated what we call Valentine’s Day in the month of February.  On the 14th day of February many of us receive and give gifts of love in the form of candy, flowers, and other trinkets.   Oftentimes we’ve prayed to have a special romantic love in our lives, so we can share our gift of love on this wonderful day.

 

However, history shares a story of the origin of this holiday as one that started with acts not so loving.  Acts such as that of the ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia where animals were slaughtered and women beaten, then raffled off to wanton men.  And during that same time, 3rd century A.D., we’re told of another not so loving story of the Roman Emperor Claudius II execution of two men named Valentine, on February 14th of different years.  The execution of these men resulted in the Catholic Church honoring their martyrdom with the Celebration of St. Valentine’s Day.  Yet, in spite of the historical beginning, our current focus is on doing good things and loving.

 

In addition, February is also the month designated to celebrate Black History Month (also known as African American History Month). Since February 1926, Black History Month has been deemed a time to celebrate the love and resiliency of a group of people--historically called Negros, Blacks, and a host of other unpleasant names-- that were bound in slavery in the United States for about 250 years.  A group of people that were subjected to gross and unjust inhuman treatment during slavery and a plethora of injustices subsequent to the abolition of slavery .  Despite the horrific acts that proceeded Carter G. Woodson’s and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History initially designating two weeks in February for the celebration of Black History, love continues to sustain and uplift those now called African Americans.

 

Although both Valentine’s Day and Black History Month originated from historical acts where love appeared to be blind, they give us a clear example of the power of God’s love for all of creation.  These recognized holidays (or celebrations) show the wonder of the man faculty Charles Fillmore has named Strength—metaphysically defined as “The energy of God.”  This faculty (Strength), or power, of man is represented in the month of February and by the disciple Andrew; and, is a wonderful reminder of the Strength of Real Love.

 

The metamorphosis of the origin of Valentine’s Day and Black History, gives credence to the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 5:44 --- “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, and bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”  Embrace Love with all your being.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

Unity of Oak Park is dedicated to teaching Spiritual Truth; awakening individuals to the indwelling Christ -  I AM; and putting into practice Universal Laws of Love, Peace, Prosperity, and Healing.


Affiliated with Unity Institute and Seminary,   Unity Village, MO

Member of The Association of Unity Churches

UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES

9:00 AM & 11:00 AM SERVICES


JANUARY

7

Clear Vision - Through God's Eyes
Christine Randle, LUT

14

Manifesting Your True Vision
Rev. Patty Pipia, Guest Speaker

21

Beautiful Brokenness
Karen Taylor Good

Stowe Dailey

Guest Speakers

28

The Visionary in You!

Michael Applegate

Guest Speaker

 

 


FEBRUARY

4

Love, Healing and Spiritual Justice
Christine Garza, Ministerial Candidate

11

Love Talk
Rev. Tom Wendt, Guest Speaker

18

What's Love Got to Do with It?
Mary Stewart-Pellegrini, Ph.D.

25

This Thing Called Love

Ryan Priester, LUT-C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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