Saying For Today: Faith allows us to see a thread of hope woven throughout each life experience.
Welcome to OneLife Ministries, an online ministry of Brian Kenneth Wilcox Ministries and Love Light Fellowship. This site is here to lead you into a heart experience of Divine Presence, Who is Love. We recognize “that of the Sacred in each one” and celebrate the diversity of expressions of our Oneness in Grace. We are for peace and nonviolence, and equal rights and justice for all. I hope persons of varied wisdom paths will find inspiration here. Welcome!
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Entering the Inner Sanctuary
Enter this sanctuary time by settling down, becoming quiet, and breathing deeply a few breaths. Remind yourself you are in the Presence of Love. This place you are entering, within, is the inner Temple. Here, you are One with Spirit and all persons, and Nature. You may use a mantra, or prayer phrase, follow the breathing in-and-out, or witness the arising and falling of all around you as the manifestation of universal-Grace. Enjoy these moments of Quiet and come out when you are ready.
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To you each, who visit this page, I wish... and for all...
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... Children remind us, to keep the faith of the Heart ...
*Rod Stewart. Faith of the Heart.
In the 1988 movie “Patch,” based on a true story, Hunter "Patch" Adams is adrift. Lonely and suicidal, he checks into a mental institution to try to work through his problems. While there, he learns the healing power of helping others and desires to become a doctor. In medical school Patch finds power in joy and laughter, but his innovative approach to medicine is not accepted among some of his professors.
After building a free clinic in the mountains, all seems to be going well for Patch. The woman of his dreams, a fellow doctor, confesses that past abuse led her to hate men, to wish she were a butterfly so that she could get away. Now, she has found new hope and love with him.
Just when things seem not able to get better, Patch is informed that his girlfriend has been murdered by one of their patients. Disillusioned about the value of his work, he decides to quit his profession. For a last time, he goes to the site upon which he one day hoped to build a free hospital to replace the clinic. There he challenges God.
Patch stands on a cliff top, looking out over the landscape. He starts talking to God. He asks, "What now? What do You want from me?" Patch moves toward the edge of the cliff and considers jumping. He tells God that he could jump, and he knows that God would not stop him. He says, "So, answer me, please. Tell me what You're doing?" Getting no audible answer, Patch says he will look at the logic. The way he sees it, God creates a person, who lives a lifetime of pain and dies. Patch argues that God should have thought out creation a bit more. He informs God, "You rested on the seventh day, maybe you should have spent that day on compassion." Again, he looks over the edge and, then, kicks a rock down the cliff. Patch, in a final act of defiance, looks up and says, "You know what? You're not worth it."
Patch turns and begins to walk back to his car. He stops, when amazed to find a butterfly on his suitcase. The butterfly takes wing and lights upon his chest, near his heart. Patch reaches out his hand. The butterfly crawls onto his finger. He looks at it. He laughs. As the butterfly takes to the sky, soaring higher and higher, Patch laughs again. God has taken a small creature of beauty and spoken to his heart. Possibly, at this moment he realizes his dear soulmate had only flown away, free. Possibly, at this moment he realizes that, as she did not run away from her suffering but found true love with him, he can find meaning in life, again.
At times we might feel somewhat like Patch. Even Jesus, according to Christian Scripture, struggled with his life:
14That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him. 15This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. 16So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it. (Hebrews 4.14-16, NLT)
Ironically, Patch, in his despair, faithfully laments to the Spirit. His doubting Spirit was made possible from faith in Spirit, his challenging the Divine arose from his love for the Divine. If he did not love and trust the Wonderful Presence, he would have never gone to that cliff and challenged Grace. Spirit, in a gift of nature, responded to Patch.
Faith allows us to see a thread of hope woven throughout each life experience. We can live with hope, for we know there is reciprocity to our faithfulness. We can, out of deep affection, through a love seemingly vanquished by hurt, faithfully lament, argue with, and find blame with Spirit. We will find, then, that Grace loves us so much that She would never want us to be other than fully honest about all we think and feel in regard to the experiences of our lives.
Reflect on how the OneLife presentation applies to you. What is hope? How do you express your hurt to Spirit? How do you express faith in Love Herself?
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