Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Beauty In the Beast

One of my very favorite stories is Beauty and the Beast. It is a story that teaches us that love can change anything. It is a story that teaches us that even in a beast, there is a kind and gentle heart; there is a Spirit that wants to give; there is a light that wants to shine and a child of God that wants to love and be loved.

Belle could see the beauty in the beast. She looked for the good, the gentle, the forgiving, the courageous, the God in the beast…and she saw it. She saw a friend. I can imagine a prayer Belle may have been saying: “I see you God…God I see you.” In the end, everyone sees the beauty in the beast— his identity as a prince. The prince had forgotten he was a child of God; he forgot how loving and kind he was, so a spell was cast on him to help him to remember. Belle showed him how to love again. As soon as she began blessing him with kindness and love, he began giving kindness and love, and the miracle happened. You may see someone acting like the beast, someone who forgets how to love— who forgets that they are a child of God. Even when someone chooses to be hurtful, selfish, or angry, there is God in them, and somewhere there is love to be found. This does not mean that we must allow anyone to treat us unkindly. We can walk away and pray. We can quietly bless and see in our prayers someone better, someone healed, someone loving and someone loved.

So… remember behind a mask is a beautiful child of God just like you! And whenever you see someone acting “beastly”, remember for them who they really are. Pray, “I see you God…God I see you.”

When you do this, you will feel the beauty in you, and you both will be blessed!

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Gift of Forgiveness

Is there someone you need to forgive? Think about it for a minute. Have you felt angry, hurt or embarrassed because of something someone has said or done?

Your feelings are so important and it’s natural to feel sad and hurt when we are not treated with love and respect— when someone makes a mistake and chooses hurtful words or behavior. You might even think or say, “I’ll never forgive you,” but this only really hurts you. Forgiving someone doesn’t mean what was said or done is okay. Forgiving means that you choose peace for you and not anger.

Forgiving means choosing love for you and not hurt. Forgiving means choosing kindness for you, not embarrassment. You see, forgiveness is for you to heal and to grow closer to God. God wants to help you to forgive, so remember to pray and ask for God’s help. Every time you forgive you win inside.

This is one of the greatest things Jesus taught us: The more we forgive, the more love we feel for God, for each other and for ourselves.

What about you…do you need to forgive yourself for something you may have done or said to others or yourself? Sometimes we are unkind to ourselves with our words and our thoughts, believing that we are not good enough and saying we are “stupid or dumb.” Forgive you! When you are angry or upset with yourself you hide your beautiful light that is meant to SHINE!

Everyone makes mistakes; this is how we learn and grow. God loves you so much. That means God loves your successes and your mistakes because they are all a part of you.

The most wonderful way to celebrate the life of Jesus is to live like Jesus. Pray. Forgive. Love. And always remember this: You are a beautiful, amazing, miraculous, incredible child of God. Nothing can ever change that!!

Happy Easter!

Friday, January 13, 2017

5 Powerful Thoughts…Think of These to Make The Perfect Beginning to a Year Filled with Love! By the Reverend Laurie Durgan

1. God is all good and active in everything, everywhere. 
You live in a beautiful world! You make it beautiful! It is beautiful when you see it as beautiful. God is in everyone and everything everywhere, and God is good, but you must look for the good to see it! God is in the oceans, butterflies and flowers, spiders, snakes and thunder. God is in the bully who is unkind and the darkness when you turn out the light to go to bed. Open your eyes and say a prayer and see that God is everywhere.

2. I am naturally good because God’s Divinity is in me and in everyone.
You are here to be God in this world. People feel the love of God when they feel your love. People see the light of God in your smile. They hear God’s peace in your kind words, and they are blessed by your special spirit. Everything you will ever need is already within you. Strength, courage, peace, love, joy and wisdom are all there; you just need to quietly remember this in prayer. Jesus said, “Even the smallest of you can do all that I have done and GREATER! Nothing is impossible for God.” You and God are amazing!

3. I create my experiences by what I choose to think and what I feel and believe. 
Your thoughts create your life, and you are the one who thinks your thoughts! You get to create your life! Jesus said, “…believe and you will receive…” Believe in the power of God in you. Whatever it is you want to see in your life, pray it, believe it, and you will see it. Say this often silently and out loud: I look for good and good I find, for I attract what’s in my mind. You will be a magnet for all the good you pray for.

4. Through prayer and meditation, I connect with God and bring out the good in my life. 
The most beautiful prayer you could ever say is one from your heart. God loves you and you can talk to God like a friend. Nothing is more important than spending time talking and listening to God. God speaks to you in your thoughts, feelings, ideas, nature, dreams and in the peaceful silence. When you remember to take just a minute or two to pray and listen, you will feel better.

5. I do and give my best by living the Truth. I make a difference!
No one is like you! You are amazing, and God created you to be you. You are the light of the world. You are loveable and important. When you do your best and give the world your best, you are shining your light! You are perfect just the way you are, and God loves you sooo much!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

You are My Shining Star! By the Reverend Laurie Durgan

When I think of Christmas…I think of you. I think of your Light that shines when you smile. I think of the love you share when you offer a hug. I think of the “coziness” and comfort you create when you help someone who needs a friend. I think of the peace I feel when I hear you pray. I think of the joy you spread with your laughter. A very special way to celebrate Christmas is to take some quiet time and read about Jesus being born.

 The story is found in the Bible, Luke Chapter 2, verses 1-20. As you read the Christmas Story, remember that you are an important part of the story. Jesus came to teach that you are the light of the world too. The Christ in Jesus is the Christ in you. It is the power in you to heal, to create, to love and to bless. It is the power in you to do and to be anything of which you dream.

It is the power in you that is perfect and beautiful and there within you When I think of Christmas I think of you. I see you as a shining star, a beautiful child of God who came to be God’s love in this world. Like Jesus, you are loved and adored. Like Jesus, you are a great teacher. Like Jesus, you create miracles.

Like Jesus, you are to be praised, celebrated, and honored. When I think of Christmas I think of you, and I thank God for the beautiful, radiating light that you are in the world and in my life.

I feel God’s love shining from you. You make me so happy!! 

with love,
Miss Laurie

Monday, August 22, 2016

Love and Forgive Yourself By the Reverend Laurie Durgan

Do you ever make a mistake? Have you ever said and done something hurtful that you were sorry for? Have you ever felt really upset and angry with yourself? 

It’s okay! Everyone makes mistakes. Mistakes are how we learn and grow. Mistakes are how we learn to pray and ask for helpand learn how to really love God. The most important thing to remember when you make a mistake or get upset with yourself is Love. God always loves you.

There isn’t anything you can say or do that can cause God’s love for you to ever change—but you must let that love in by loving and forgiving yourself. Love and forgiveness always feel better than fear and anger. Love and forgiveness can fill you with peace right away when you remember to pray…when you remember that God within you can change you and heal you and help you to be your best.

God loves you—I love you. Now…you love you.

Miss Laurie

You love me God; I am strong. You love me God; I am free. You love me God; I am
kind. You love me God. Thank you for helping me.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Always Remember Who You Are!
By the Reverend Laurie Durgan

 When someone asks you who you are…you answer by telling them your name.  Your name is what you are called, but who you are is a beautiful CHILD OF GOD.    Do you know what it means to be a CHILD OF GOD?  It means that everything you know God to be you are too, and that everything you need is right inside of you.  Being a CHILD OF GOD means that you are honored and loved by God.   It means that God ALWAYS loves you—no matter what!   Nothing you could ever do can stop God from loving you.  You are like a treasure to God, sparkling and beautiful.   God is with you and for you all the time; God is your best friend in the whole world.   Being a CHILD OF GOD means everything is possible for you!  God created you to be you…unique and special…there is no one like you!  Within you is great power to be a great you!  You are creative, kind, gentle, loving, wise, powerful and peaceful.    
     When you remember who you are, you remember how much God loves you.  When you remember how much God loves you, you remember that you can do anything and that God is always with you!  So as you begin a whole new school year, try new things, meet new people, go new places, remember who you are.  In a second, you will feel courageous, calm and confident.  When you remember who you are and say either out loud or silently, “I am a CHILD OF GOD,” you are praying.       
     When you remember that you are a CHILD OF GOD it helps you to see and feel that everyone else is a CHILD OF GOD…we are one family.  Don’t forget to tell your pet that he or she is a CHILD OF GOD too!
So…beautiful CHILD OF GO…I love you and bless you!  You are my treasure too!

Ask a parent to laminate this prayer. Carry it with you on your first day of school! 

I’ll be praying for you!

I am a CHILD OF GOD. I open my eyes.  It’s a new day.
Today what I think is important. All that I do is important.
All that I say is important. I am important to my school.
I am important to my family. I am important to the Universe.
I expect good today. Thank you God.  I am happy to be me!