Join us Sunday, at 845 Congress Avenue in Glendale, OH; 10:30 am Hospitality, 11:00 am Worship. Reverend Kit Billings if LaPorte, Indiana, will deliver our service.
Part of spiritual growth is to acknowledge that God calls us out of our usual “comfort zones” into greater love and faithful servanthood. Both in the Old Testament and from the Lord’s own words in John 3:14-21, we hear the importance of lifting up the bronze serpent and of lifting up Christ in daily life. In Swedenborgian thought, serpents symbolize the natural-sensual aspects of self. While walking in the desert, the ancient Hebrews complained a lot, and wanted to fall backward into their “comfort zone” of living in Egypt. Where are you, perhaps, tending to fall backward into old “comfort zones,” rather than moving forward into new growth? In your way of life now, how can you move a bit more out of the darkness and into the Light of love and truth?
Repetition can be beneficial, whether it’s learning math or maintaining a daily spiritual practice. Joan Chittister says, “The daily schedule consists of the same prayers and chores repeated over and over again until we see God’s presence in the ordinary and are grateful.” Buddhist author Norman Fischer reminds us that “each moment in the ever-repeated pattern is, by virtue of the repetition, always new; whatever comes around again in the great cycle of things is always fresh.”
Just as the repeated patterns in Scottish waulking songs accompany the women as they beat the cloth to make it softer, our own hardness is softened by the repetition of prayer.
Waulking songs (this version by @cinciMUSEchoir,) according to Wikipedia, are:
Waulking songs (Scots Gaelic: Òrain Luaidh) are Scottish folk songs, traditionally sung in the Gaelic language by women while fulling (waulking) cloth. This practice involved a group of women rhythmically beating newly woven tweed against a table or similar surface to soften it. Simple, beat-driven songs were used to accompany the work.
A waulking session often begins with slow-paced songs, with the tempo increasing as the cloth becomes softer. As the singers work the cloth, they gradually shift it to the left so as to work it thoroughly.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. -Helen Keller
Add an hour to your clock tonight and make it to church on time tomorrow. Worship on Sunday, 11 am, 845 Congress Avenue, Glendale, Ohio.
…you can see forever. See where Swedenborg’s clear seeing or clairvoyance led. Every single person can make a difference.
 The form which charity takes is so plainly visible in the next life that charity itself is that which produces the form, as well as being that which is portrayed within it. Indeed that form is such that the whole of an angel, especially the face, is so to speak charity – charity which is visible to the eye and perceptible to the mind. When it is beheld that form is one of indescribable beauty which stirs with charity the inmost life itself of the beholder’s mind. Through the beauty of that form truths of faith are displayed in a visual image from which they also are perceived. People who have lived in faith in the Lord, that is, faith that inheres in charity, in the next life become such forms, that is, forms of beauty. All angels are such forms, endlessly varying; and it is these forms that constitute heaven.~~Emanuel Swedenborg, Arcana Coelestia, n. 553 (Elliott, trans.)