“I’m scared,” she said as she looked at the stars. “I’m scared of the war and the meanness, and the bigotry and the hate. Good seems so far and it seems too late.”
“But, child, I’ve never left you I’ve always been here,” came a voice to her thoughts, strong and clear. “You can’t lose Love – can’t lose what is real. You’re safe in this moment – just let yourself feel the Good all around you – precious and dear.”
And she let herself feel the Good with her then – brought her thoughts close to ever-where, ever-when. The Good hadn’t left her. Love was still there – wrapping gentle arms around her in the still evening air. -Karen Molenaar Terrell
I wake with a sense of Love surrounding me – a palpable presence, lifting me from my bed – leading me to a place of peace and joy. Always with me. Always here. Protecting, guiding Be-ing. -Karen Molenaar Terrell
“The lightnings and thunderbolts of error may burst and flash till the cloud is cleared and the tumult dies away in the distance. Then the raindrops of divinity refresh the earth. As St. Paul says, ‘There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God’ (of Spirit).” -Mary Baker Eddy, S and H, p 288
Spring has always meant renewal for me – a time of new growth and baby things and the smell of blossoms. But I found myself feeling this deep sense of loss today as I drove the backroads to take one last look at the tulip fields.
I remembered driving around with my centenarian dad in the car just a few years ago – sharing the sights of Skagit County with him. I remembered chauffering Mom around to her appointments – and I remembered that day when she was trying to remember all the birds she’d seen so she could tell her friends about them: “Trumpeter swans and snow geese and herons.” I remembered the swans that were in that field at the beginning of April, spreading their wings for me. And I remembered the waves of snow geese that were here just weeks ago.
And now the tulips are topped, and the swans and snow geese have started their journey back north, and Moz and Dad are no longer here with me in their human bodies. And for a time today I felt this deep ache when I thought about the loss of all these beautiful forms.
Of course, the essence of all these things – the tulips and the swans and the snow geese, and Mom and Dad – is still with me. And I’m going to consciously wrap myself up in the love and joy and beauty and rejoice. But sometimes… sometimes there’s an ache.
topped tulips stand stark trumpeter swans are gone now April brings mourning
All That Is Gone
tulip petals in the lawn no more trumpeter swans my parents have moved on spring is supposed to be the dawn of seasons, new growth, lambs and fawns, but today I’m remembering all that is gone -Karen Molenaar Terrell
“…our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love.” – Mary Baker Eddy
(The audio podcast for this can be found at this link.)
Our salvation is bigger than what we could wish, and not dependent on what we “accomplish.” It’s bigger than what our little egos can give – bigger than how we “die” or how we “live” or how many letters come after our names – salvation doesn’t come from awards or fame. We are saved because we are made for God, made by Truth, made of Love. Guilt and shame and blame play no part in our at-one-ment with the divine Heart.
I need to stop thinking so small. I need to know myself as in the All-in-All. -Karen Molenaar Terrell
“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace…” – II Timothy 1
Praying for my “enemies” is praying to be healed. Recognizing the God-child in those who would harm me is my own salvation, protection, and shield. To see all of God’s children as She sees them – innocent and good – lifts a heavy burden of fear from my shoulders and gives me freedom to love beyond borders. -Karen Molenaar Terrell
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” -II Timothy 1
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,that you may be children of your Father-Mother in heaven. She causes her sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father-Mother is perfect.” -Matthew 5:43-48
Earth green brown parks towns river ocean trees field prays world heals cedar pines aspen alder birch spring water = earth juice snowy sunny rainy magic windy fiery fires smoke roots trunk cloud fumes noise crowd dried woods polar melts brace storm fears earth cries tears prism cloud after child laugh rouge boots splash seize trash hikes trail climb plays hopes birth human being Mamma Earth -Karen Molenaar Terrell
(The audio podcast for this post can be found at this link.)
Feel Love’s presence. Feel the power of Love.
Listen to Love’s voice:
You are so loved. You are My precious child. You are always with Me. And I am always with you. You are Love be-ing. The belief that you can ever be separated from Me is a lie, for you are embodied in My Body. You are one with Me. You are in the womb of Love. There is no power that can usurp My government or the governing of My own ideas, for I am ever-present, all-powerful, glorious, magnificent, never-ending Love.