Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
The third day he rose again from the dead:
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
I believe in the Holy Ghost:
I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:
The forgiveness of sins:
The resurrection of the body:
And the life everlasting.
Amen.

 

The Apostles’ Creed holds a special place in my mind.  My best friend, while growing up in Lisbon, Connecticut went to Saturday night Mass in Taftville, Connecticut just about ten minutes from our homes in Lisbon.  I usually went with him and it was typically the only time I attended any organized religion.  I recall the prayer being said about half way through mass and I always appreciated its cadence, its intonation.  The Creed was probably my most loved prayer to say because I loved its cadence so much.

 

The Creed also has meaning because of its theme.
Everything about the prayer is in my entire paradigm:
–The Resurrection
–Forgiveness
–Everlasting life

 

I find this stuff so fascinating:
That after some thirty years; BEFORE I even understood my belief system, BEFORE I knew what I REALLY understood about spirituality, about faith, on some deep level I DID KNOW that faith and spirituality were an important facet of my life, that they would become so intertwined in my life that as I’ve written:
If you were to attempt to take them away’ I would cease to be who I am.

 

It’s another reason I resonate so deeply with this prayer, because now as I look back at my spiritual growth I realize I understood even when I didn’t understand.

 

God was merely prepping me.
God was giving me clues.
God was showing me at a young age how important a role faith would play in my later life.
HE was presenting me with pieces to my life’s puzzle that wouldn’t fit until I was ready.

 

That’s what a master HE is at the intricate process of our growth.

And only those of us who see the Divine everywhere,

Only those of us who have removed the veil,
Only those of us who have seen through the veil
understand the intricacies of HIS process.

 

Are you one who understands?
Do you see the Divine everywhere?

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Now I Lay Me Down

Welcome to my next Theme Monday:
Prayer Monday.  First Prayer:

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.

God bless Mommy & Daddy &…

I think everyone from a young age recited a variation of this prayer.  I remember it most while spending time with my maternal grandparents.  The last two lines can be frightening for a young child and now looking back, I find it quite surprising that children were taught this prayer.

 

I suppose as children we think we are invincible, that nothing will ever happen to us, thus the prayer only frightens us as adults.  In fact, I don’t remember at ALL being disturbed those lines.

Maybe even at that young an age I understood on some deep spiritual level that my overflowing faith would somehow keep me safe, that I would indeed survive, that there is some purpose to my being here to this day.

Could it be that I KNEW on some level that I was protected?

Could that be why those two lines didn’t distress me?

Just a curiosity.

As adults, however you would think we would know better than to teach children this prayer.

 

Do you as adults now recall this bedtime prayer?
Do you think it is an appropriate prayer to teach our children?
I’d love some feedback.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Prayer Monday

New Monday Theme:
Prayer Monday

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I’ve often written here about prayer.  And after my last Theme Monday ended, I looked for a new theme to start.  I decided on a prayer theme.  Starting next week I will be discussing prayers that have impacted my own life and giving examples of the influence they have made on my life.

Before I go on, I just want to reiterate what I’ve sais before and continue to maintain:
That when I speak of God, I’m writing about the UNIVERSAL God, God as I understand him to be.   Anyone reading who is NOT comfortable with the word can replace it with something they feel more at ease with:
Universe
Higher Power
Source

I believe there is divinity looking out for us, someone or something guiding our lives.  That’s what I mean when I use the word “God,” a loving all knowing source

of power enriching our lives.

 

I don’t consider my communication with God prayer, because in my opinion, prayer is a one way communication.  Prayer is asking for something.

 

I learned long ago, that God responds to all of our prayers and sometimes the answer is no.  When the answer is no, it only means that we are not ready for yes, yet.  God has to make room for the yes.

 

Until Prayer Monday begins next Monday with my first prayer:

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!

Blessings to you.

Chris