Author’s Corner: Message From the Unity Church of the Tri-Cities

Good morning campbellsworld visitors.
Here in the Author’s Corner we discuss all sorts of things. The idea is to help you, the reader, know me, the author a bit better by my sharing with you things of interest to me.
Whether I write them myself or am inspired by another’s work I hope to share with you a bit of myself.
This morning I’m sharing with you the Unity Church of the Tri-Cities’ message.
The lesson example given us this morning is one that will provide much food for thought.
I’d love to discuss the lesson if anyone has comments please post them in the comment section here on the site.
Or to: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com
Now, the message.

Yesterday I was clever and wanted to change the world; today I am wise and want to change myself. – Rumi

This Sunday at Unity Church of the Tri-Cities

On Sunday April 15th, Rev. Carolyn’s message will be “The End of Winter.” The service will begin at 11am at Samadhi Healing Arts Center, 423 W. Walnut St., Johnson City, and will be supported by our popular “rockin’ reverent” music. Please stay for coffee and conversation. The Lending Library will be open before and after the service. Look for our new selection of prosperity books.

Next Week’s Service: a DIFFERENT LOCATION
Next week’s (April 22nd) church service will be located at THE HERITAGE event center in Jonesborough.
On Sunday, April 22, 2018, UNITY CHURCH OF THE TRI-CITIES
Will Meet at THE HERITAGE WEDDING & EVENT CENTER
161 Molly Grayce Lane, Jonesborough, TN
(Just off Forest Drive beside Food City)
Use this link to get to a Google map to The Heritage
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Amazon “Smile” Donates to Our Church

Any time you buy something from Amazon, they will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. The process is simple: just log on to smile.amazon.com to make your purchase and before you shop you will be prompted to choose a charity for the donation. Unity Church of the Tri-Cities is one of the non-profits. The prices for all items are the same as on regular amazon.com. We are very grateful for your donations through smile.amazon.com

The Quest: A Journey of Spiritual Rediscovery
by Richard and Mary-Alice Jafolla (We are currently in Chapter 16 “Surrender”)

“Your Majesty, I have bad news and good news.”
“What is the bad news?”
“Our fortress is a shambles, we are out of ammunition, and half the men have deserted. We will never be able to defend ourselves against the barbarians.”
“That’s terrible news. How could there be any good news?”
“There are no barbarians!”

It was a battlefield, and the crabs were losing! We had never seen anything like it. Crabs were squashed, smashed, and strewn about the highway as if hurled down from the heavens. The whole mess came about because armies of large land crabs were heading east, crossing the shore road on their way to the beach.
If one drove carefully, it was relatively easy to drive around them or straddle them with the wheels of a car. They didn’t travel all that quickly and, since they were built so low to the ground, vehicles could easily pass over them.
The problem was that as a car approached them, the crabs would see it coming and raise themselves up as high as they could, waving their giant front claws threateningly over their heads.
These were not small crabs! Raised up with their claws above their heads, they stood over twelve inches high which, unfortunately for them, was high enough to touch the bottoms of the speeding cars!
It was this foolhardy show of bravado which proved to be their downfall. As long as the crabs moved normally and kept their natural height, one could drive around or over them. But when they felt challenged, they became aggressive, assumed an attack posture and, of course, were themselves “attacked”.
Now, with all that crab meat on the road, the birds flocked. *It seemed as if every sea gull in Florida were dining on crabs a la roadside that day. It was a royal feast.
But the reaction of the gulls toward the cars was much different from that of the crabs. When the gulls were approached by cars, they didn’t challenge the cars, they didn’t get upset at having their meals interrupted, they didn’t flap their wings in anger. They merely flew away! There was a total surrender on their part, an absolute nonresistance, a total willingness to let “the enemy” pass by without as much as a second look. After the cars passed by, they simply resumed their gourmet meals.
Crabs and gulls were both confronted by the same serious problem—speeding cars. One fought with the problem and lost. The other surrendered to it and won.
We’ve been admonished by Jesus to “resist not evil” (Mt. 5:39 KJV), but how do we react when faced with a problem which we feel is “hundreds of times our size”? Like the crabs, do we want to “do battle” with it? Do we want to sharpen our weapons and slay it? Do we want to fight with it and subdue it on our terms?
Or are we more like the sea gulls? Are we content to recognize that we have other than tools of battle available to us?
Like the sea gulls, we have been given the ability to “rise above” our troubles, to see them from a different perspective: a higher one. When we are willing to stop struggling and simply surrender, the Spirit of God lifts us aloft. We find ourselves walking the high road, where our burden is easy and our yoke is light.

SOUL-TALK
I surrender to God.
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SOUL-THOUGHTS

Follow us weekly as we go exploring on The Quest. More hints along the path of spiritual rediscovery will be revealed each week.

Live. Love. Learn. Church of the Daily Word.

Here for you. unity1.unity@gmail.com

http://www.unitytricities.org 423-975-9159

P.O. Box 2161, Johnson City, TN 37605

Rev. Carolyn Claiborne, Minister

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