Message from the Minister, January 2021



There are so many people ready to say goodbye and perhaps good riddance to the year 2020. However, the challenges which presented themselves this past year only served to open our eyes to all that needs to be healed in the human family. If we want things to change for the better, we will have to first change ourselves. Everybody wants change, but most do not want to change.

I love the idea put forth by Mother Theresa, when she said, “I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know prayer changes us and we change things.” Instead of praying for things to change in 2021, I believe it is us who must make some fundamental changes in the way we think. Let this year be one in which we get closer to the essence of who we are, an identity set by God, and held in perfect potential within each of us at all times, ready to bless the world with miracles.

The change I am talking about is how we see ourselves in relationship to others, to the planet and to life as a whole. Wayne Dyer once said, “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” If the year 2020 has shown us anything, it is that we cannot keep living from the same perspective and the same old thought system of separation and attack and expect anything to change.

A Course in Miracles has taught me that I am basing my “reality” on a thought system that is hurting me, one I no longer want. It goes on to ask the question, “Would I not rather join the thinking of the universe?” Yes, there is a universal thought system based on oneness, eternal love and divine mind. It is not a symbolic system, which relies on words, definitions and judgments based on partial evidence. It is a direct extension of light energy emanating from our shared Christ-consciousness, creating only love, shining forever in the perfection of our source.

The world which is seen through divine mind and the eyes of Christ can only bless and heal, comfort and prosper. This is the year we can choose to give our whole self to the Christ-within and think with the mind of God. We have such a great opportunity to bring the vision of Christ to all we meet and live in the truth of our being without reservation or doubt. We are all called once again to put our fears aside and boldly demonstrate the higher order of things. It is another chance to discover the power of God within us and trust that power to heal our minds and guide our lives.

As you allow the new thought system to take hold in your consciousness, something wonderful appears, a new you. The Buddha was quoted as saying, “watch your thoughts, for what you think you become.” Well, if our thoughts are coming from divine mind, filled with love and charity, what will happen to us? If you allow the mind of Christ to be your mind, continually growing in light and love, then there will always be a new you, a person continually growing in light and love. No matter how far you have come, if you are following a spiritual path and remain committed to your soul-growth, you will always have reason to celebrate. In this new year, now more than ever, I celebrate the emergence of the Christ in you. Let us carry our true Self into the new year and be witness to the return of light in our lives.

Today and everyday… Happy New You!

Rev. Tony