A Foundation of Joy

You might remember the song that many of us used to sing in Sunday School. “The foolish man built his house upon the sand, and the rains came tumbling down…The rains came down as the floods came up…and the house on the sand went splat.” (I always loved that verse because we yelled the word “splat” and clapped our hands together for effect.) But, “the wise man built his house upon a rock, and the rains came tumbling down…The rains came down and the floods came up…and the house on the rock stood firm.”

Over the last few years we have experienced changes in what we thought were foundations. America almost got out of the automobile business with GM and Chrysler coming close to closing the doors. Bank of America’s stock went down to a couple of dollars a share or even lower. Many people lost jobs that they thought they would retire from, and houses they thought they would be in forever.

Many of us in our spiritual community have experienced the loss of a dear one. Often people leave us before we are ready to let them go. Or a dear one goes through a change in health condition, and we have the face the future knowing that life will never be the same again.

How do we get through this? By calling on our foundation of joy—joy being the continuous awareness of our oneness with Spirit (God, the Universe, our higher power). The “house,” in this case being our physical being, will stand firm in the knowingness that we never walk alone.

We may have no idea how we will get through whatever it is. But as we stay consciously connected with our intuition (the still small voice, our inner wisdom, the presence of Spirit), we will be guided through.

Click below to listen to my talk from Sunday, October 14, titled “A Foundation of Joy.”

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About revjerryt

I offer spiritual counseling around healing issues related to relationships (with our Higher Power, ourselves and family), coming out (regardless of sexual orientation), and other concerns. I am a Religious Science / New Thought Minister living in the San Diego area, and senior minister of Joyful Living Spiritual Center, meeting at the Days Hotel (543 Hotel Circle South, Mission Valley/San Diego) in the East Wing Meeting Room on the second floor. Learn more at http://www.joyinsandiego.org. Other services include weddings, holy unions, baby blessings, baptisms, and memorial services. Learn more about me, and my book, at http://www.revjerry.com. I am also the founder of the LGBTQ Spiritual Summit, bringing members of the gay and lesbian community together with leaders of various religious denominations and spiritual traditions, in order to start the conversation about healing. Learn more at http://www.lgbtqspiritualsummit.org.
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