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SERMON: Loving Light....

Some great spiritual masters say that God is light. I think that God is love and that *all* is God manifest in an endless variety of ways, and that light comes from the burning stars that have been enfolded into reality by God throughout our Universe.

Recently I watched a mountain in Maui change patchwork colors as the clouds moved about in the sky. Cloud cover left mountain swathes dark shadow green and uninviting, yet where the sun came through, the large patches of color were brilliant light happy yellow green, thrilling to the eyes and spirit. I was amazed that, in an instant, a cloud could steal this brightness and make it dark.

There is the light that very gently lays on your soul mate's cheekbone or brow.
How magical it is to see waterfalls bursting with spray, casting rainbows about as the light tickles and plays with the droplets. They call New Mexico the “Enchanted State” because it is commonplace to see huge triple rainbows arching across the sky as light touches moisture in the air and breaks into its splay of colors.

The most exquisitely beautiful display of light is the shimmering show that occurs on the Pacific Ocean every day about noon and again at sunset. Surely the Hollywood dresses of satin and sequins were inspired by nature's awesome display in the Bay. Millions of moving water molecules with millions of shafts of light dancing and playing, alternating fire and ice, infinite kisses from the sun.

The first question for an artist awash in a scene that begs to be painted is, “Where is the light?” Painting is primarily about light and how it appears or does not appear on the leaves and grass, on the water, on the buildings, on the walls and furniture, on the flowers and ferns, on the windows, on the street, and on the people's faces. Light and shadows…. then line and color.

A twelve year old boy went out near the Santa Barbara Islands to complete his scuba diving certification test. When he passed and arrived back home, his mother, anxious about the danger involved, asked him, “What was it like down there?” He said, “It was beautiful, really cool. There was no sound, and light was streaming in from above….it was like a cathedral.”

Amachi, an Indian Saint, who visits the U.S. twice a year, receives crowds of hundreds and thousands for twelve hour days, giving each person a personal hug. The visual atmosphere of her loving, humble, mellow compound is laced everywhere with strings of tiny yellow white icicle lights---on and around every little building, on the outdoor wires connecting the buildings, around the windows and throughout the eating areas. She not only bathes people in shakti energy, but the lights grace us into a fairyland of happiness and joy.

There is the light that very gently lays on your soul mate's cheekbone or brow. The light that plays across the skin on her hands, glowing softly. And the light that glistens in his eyes, little pieces of light conveying pleasure and mischievousness,… and love.

Adapted from a sermon by Daniel Paul Nelson as submitted to



For Those Who Love The Philosophy Of Ambiguity As Well As The Idiosyncrasies Of Syngenesis, Part Two

These pithy bits have been "borrowed" from so many people we don't know who deserves credit but they sound like they are from George Carlin and Steven Wright or their love child. But they are pithy (we love that word), funny, insightful and each originator can be proud but, unfortunately, anonymous, here, right now.

1. Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?

2. If the police arrest a mime artist, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?

3. Why do they put Braille on the drive-through bank machines?

4. How do they get deer to cross the road only at those yellow road signs?

5. What was the best thing before sliced bread?

6. One nice thing about egotists: they don't talk about other people.

7. Does the Little Mermaid wear an alge bra?

8. Do infants seem to enjoy infancy as much as adults seem to enjoy adultery?

9. How is it possible to have a civil war?

10. If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest drown, too?

11. If you ate both pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry?

12. If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

13. Whose cruel idea was it for the word 'lisp' to have an 's' in it?

14. Why are hemorrhoids called hemorrhoids instead of asteroids?

15. Why is it called 'Tourist Season' if we can't shoot at them?

16. Why is there an expiration date on sour cream?

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