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Friday, March 18, 2016

Will you find your way home to God? That is the promise of salvation

During this Lenten season as we approach Palm Sunday next week, in the Christian tradition, salvation is the high light of the season, as Jesus, prepares to show us, very dramatically, that torture and execution can't stop love. He showed us how to rise above drama on the ego plane and that salvation comes from making a different choice: love and truth, instead of fear and death.

This month, March, 2016, we continue to consider and reflect on the topic of salvation. This consideration begins with the question, “Do we need salvation,” and if so,  “what does that salvation consist of,” and “how does one gain it?”

It is written in the workbook in Lesson 231, “Salvation is a promise, made by God, that you will find your way to Him at last.” It says a little farther, and it makes me smile, “Salvation is undoing in the sense that it does nothing, failing to support the world of dreams and malice.” And so, it would seem, that we do need salvation in the sense of becoming right minded. We need to clear away the blocks and obstacles to our awareness of Love’s presence in our lives.

It says in Chapter 12, Section VI, paragraph 5, verse 1, “When you have seen the real world, as you will surely do, you will remember Us. Yet you must learn the cost of sleeping, and refuse to pay it.”

And so, salvation is a change of heart and mind. Jesus is clear about this when He tells his disciples that the way to the kingdom is to “Love as I have loved.” For Unitarian Universalists salvation is encouraged in the covenant to promote and affirm the seven principles, the most important of which perhaps is the first, the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

Salvation in my life has come in the experience of kindness as a recipient of other people’s kindnesses and as a giver of kindness to others. When I have been kind to others, it was a double blessing for my intended recipient as well as for myself and the others influenced by the ripple effect.

Salvation comes from being a blessing to yourself and to others. Do one kind thing every day  even if it is an act of random kindness and “...you will remember Us, and wake up from your sleep of narcissism.

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