"Where is my Sunday paper?!" The irate customer calling the newspaper office, demanded to know where her Sunday edition was. "Madam", said the newspaper employee, "today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered until tomorrow, on Sunday." There was a long pause, followed by a ray of recognition as she muttered, "Well, that explains why no one was at church today."
“When our focus is on the past and future, we veil God from our sight.” - Rumi
Affirmative prayer: Pure Spirit, today I’m hanging out in the present moment. For a while, at least, I let go of regret and expectations, and I center myself in this holy moment. I see the Divine everywhere, and I feel renewed, cared for, and blessed. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Linda Zhang, a Chinese immigrant who came to the U.S. when she was eight years old and who didn’t speak English, is now a chief engineer for Ford Motor Company and the lead designer of Ford’s new electric pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning. The truck is being hailed as a major step in moving this country closer toward a no-gas automotive future and everything that means for infrastructure and the climate.
“I believe in human ingenuity – that when we decide on a task to be done, no matter how daunting, we unleash the ingenuity and innovative capacity that takes us to a solution.”
- Christiana Figueres, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Affirmative prayer: I am sourced by Divine Mind. My imagination is the play of Spirit’s creative expression, and I bring inspired passion and ingenuity to the conditions of my life. I am one with the Love-Intelligence that created the Universe, and I am strong enough, inventive enough, for the challenge before me. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
“We must stop regarding unpleasant or unexpected things as interruptions of real life. The truth is that interruptions are real life.” - C.S. Lewis
“Every time something bad happens to me, I don't ask, 'Why did this happen to me?' Instead, I ask, 'Why did this happen for me?'” – Elijah Cummings
Affirmative prayer: “Today, I know that every prime experience in my life invites me to go deeper into the heart of meaning, and that every person in my life is the occasion of Spirit. I am ready, Infinite Presence, to be inspired and enlightened, and I give thanks for the clarity, guidance, and love that is revealed. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona urged University of Connecticut graduates to embrace their uniqueness as their "superpower." Cardona advised graduates to power their dreams with their unique personal traits. “Whether you have ADHD, are differently abled, speak with an accent, grew up on poverty, or are LGBTQ, embrace your uniqueness and use it to find your purpose.”
“You are an individual awakening to greater potentiality. Life made you out of Itself and implanted a unique something within you. Every urge you have to rise up is an echo from deep within, forever proclaiming, 'Behold, I make all things new.'”
– Ernest Holmes
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, I give thanks for the pattern of wholeness at the center of my being, at the center of each and every person. I claim my unique place in the cosmic procession of beautiful souls replicating the Original Living Being. And I answer Life’s call to express, create, and to serve. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Tax Day, 2021
"This is too difficult for a mathematician. It takes a philosopher."
- Albert Einstein, on his tax returns
Affirmative prayer: Today and every day I am in the flow of all Good. In prayer and meditation, in my relationships, my work, and my finances, I become a clear conduit for the qualities of the Divine. I give thanks for the blessings of my coast-to-coast community: the infrastructure, education, parks, and all the benefits that I enjoy every day. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
The National Women's History Museum is accepting submissions to determine the next series of American heroes to grace quarters produced by the U.S. Mint. The program already has two candidates: poet Maya Angelou and astronaut Sally Ride.
Each of us leaves a legacy, whether we want to or not. Our legacies are the quality of the lives we leave behind. What we have been is stamped on the hearts of those who continue on.” – Joan Chittister, The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully
Affirmative prayer: My true self, the Divine “I-Am” within me, is revealed in every facet of my life: my relationships, my playfulness, my work. It lives on in the lives of those in my orbit. We abide in one another, and the Spirit of each of us is paid forward, immortalized, and sanctified. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
The Dujiangyan Zhongshuge bookstore, in China’s Sichuan province, uses gleaming black-tiled floors and mirrored ceilings to transform the space into a “never-ending” palace of books. Architect Li Xiang said she wanted to give readers an elegant and powerful artistic landscape - a visual feast.”
"More than at any other time, when I hold a beloved book in my hand, my limitations fall from me, my spirit is free." - Helen Keller
Affirmative prayer: Today, I am grateful for every writer and teacher that has touched my heart and mind. I give thanks for the expanding of my imagination, my understanding, and my soul. I pray that all people are blessed by this magic, this journey of consciousness and time. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Kenneth Farley, a Mars 2020 Project Scientist, is presently working on the Perseverance rover, which is gathering data on the red planet. But Kenneth is also looking to the future. “As we learn more about Mars, we are confronted with a perplexing question: How do you look for life that may not be life as we know it? That’s our job: to conceive of something that is not yet known.”
“The garden of your world has no limits, except in your mind.” – Rumi
Affirmative prayer: Today, Infinite Presence, I expand the horizons of my life. I think into being the revelations, adventures, and visions of a life blessed. I am empowered to conceive, believe, and achieve the good that Spirit desires for me. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Many Americans say 2020 made them more aware of the needs of others and more selfless than ever before. They’ve donated a portion of their paycheck, taken out their neighbor’s trash, shoveled out a stranger’s car. “After the past year,” said a researcher, “people are looking to better the lives of others and their communities because they envision a greater purpose.”
"What do we really have to offer? Everything, it turns out. Within each of us is that essence of Being which is in all things – call it God, Life, Energy, Consciousness. When we’re helping another, they feel that they are not isolated entities, lonely beings. They feel us there with them, that we are in this together.”
– Ram Dass, How Can I Help?
Affirmative prayer: Today, my sense of connection with others, my awareness of the Oneness of Life, is made visible by my support of others. When I help another, I am honoring the Divine in them, and we are both lifted up to where we belong, into the heart of God. Amen.
The Interior Department approved the first U.S. large-scale offshore wind farm. The Vineyard Wind project, situated about 12 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, will consist of 62 turbines spaced about a mile apart, each standing about 837 feet above the water's surface. Engineers say it will produce enough electricity to power 400,000 homes.
“The Universe operates through dynamic exchange. Giving and receiving different aspects of the flow of energy, keeping the abundance of the Universe circulating in our lives.” – Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
Affirmative prayer: Today, I align with an energetic spiritual Life that empowers me to live through and through. I move from the shallows, drawing strength from an all-giving Universe. I’m thankful for the resources of Life, and for the inspired and creative work of those who help manifest the light and love of God. Thank you, Infinite Presence, forever. Amen.
When eight-year-old Noa Lewis was assigned a school project on Amelia Earhart, she decided there was someone else she’d rather spend time getting to know: Bessie Coleman, the female African American and first Native American pilot. Noa said she saw something special in Coleman: herself.
“When you're in awe of someone else's greatness, you're really seeing yourself. Identify what you admire about them and then nourish those qualities in yourself. Rather than fixating on their brilliance, demonstrate your own.” – Debbie Ford
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, I look to someone I revere, see their light, and am enlivened by its brilliance. I remember that we are made from the same God substance, and that the Divine reveres me as one of its own. I am inspired by an eight-year-old girl who sees something special in herself, and I give thanks for infinite possibilities. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Sapir Berman made sports history when she officiated at a soccer match in Israel's Premier League for the first time since coming out as transgender. "This is the first step in a long and wonderful journey. Sapir, we are proud to do it with you," the Israel Football Association tweeted. Outside the stadium, one fan carried a banner that hailed Sapir as a "super woman, incredible, brave."
“Remember this, whoever you are, however you are, you are equally valid, equally justified, and equally beautiful.” – Juno Dawson
Affirmative prayer: Today, I pray for all who have felt alienated or rejected. I hold every blessed soul as a pure expression of the Divine, and I affirm that we are all abiding in courage and grace, free from harm. May there be an end to judgment and bullying. May wholeness be the pattern of our living. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
“Mother's Day is tricky. If you're a mother or have a mother figure in your life, you know it's nearly impossible to distill the full importance of motherhood down to one day. The most meaningful celebrations of motherhood are found in everyday moments: an impromptu phone call that lasts for hours, that first big hug after months spent apart. You can only hear ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ one day a year, but ‘Mom, I love you’ hits home every time.” - AJ Willingham
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, I honor the depth and trueness of motherhood, unconditional love made evident in our world by our mothers. I give thanks for the Divine Feminine in everyone, for the quality of creation, pure love, and unwavering hope for new life. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Part of a rocket booster which helped launch a Chinese space station last week will tumble back to Earth in “an uncontrolled re-entry.” It’s called the Long March 5B, and it’s predicted to crash or splash down somewhere on the planet at about the time SpaceX founder Elon Musk will be hosting “Saturday Night Live.” Space experts say the chances of it hitting someone are very remote. Nevertheless, heads up!
“Cease inwardly from thought and word. Look upward into the light and outward into the vast cosmic consciousness. Be with the brightness and the vastness. Then will Truth dawn on you from above and flow in you from all around you.”
– Sri Auribindo, Indian yogi and poet
Affirmative prayer: Today, I “lift up mine eyes from whence cometh by strength.” I look up and feel the light of Cosmic Presence on my face. I look within and know the freedom of one blessed by Life. I rest in the peace of this moment. Connected, content, and safe. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
A recent poll indicates that the majority two-thirds of American people of faith feel that God is telling humanity to change how it lives and that a majority of people have, at the least, paused to consider their priorities and may even be searching for deeper meaning of life.
“Behind our visible life, there is a God force, a divine impulse that yearns to express more, to do and be more. It wants to pour the qualities of Itself into our livingness.” – Scott Awbrey
Affirmative prayer: Today, I follow a dynamic, inspired force at the center of my being. Pure, divine energy. I am sourced by this creative spirit and I fashion the goodness of God into my conditions, my relationships, my service. I live abundantly, give generously, and manifest the love of Infinite Presence in every corner of my life. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
A devoted 79-year-old husband walked into a beauty school and asked to be shown how to apply mascara and use a curling wand so he could help his “beautiful” wife of 50 years. The gentleman said his wife’s vision was failing and she needed help. The school’s staff, moved to tears by his tenderness, dropped what they were doing and immediately gave him some tips.
“The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another, when we are there in the most attentive or caring way. This intimacy is the love we all long for.”
– Jack Kornfield, Spirituality and Social Action
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, how good it is, how grateful I am to have an open, connecting heart, and to have arms and eyes to embrace another. I pray that the love and sense of Oneness I feel when I am caring for others become such a vivid dimension of who I am, that kindness and beauty underscore all I do. I am blessed, and I am a blessing. My God, thank you forever. Amen.
“I have never meditated by conscious choice; by invoking mantras, sitting quietly. It just happens sometimes. It happens when I hike, simply putting one foot in front of the other, listening to the rippling water, peering into the shadows. I have a friend who once said, ‘I can’t turn my brain off.’ I can’t, either. But sometimes it so fills with the here and now there’s no room for more.” – Sue Wonder, author and teacher
“In the stillness of meditation, we touch the realm of infinite consciousness. Vast and free. By quieting the brain's habitual patterns, we stop reacting to everything we think. We become an open-minded witness.” – Elizabeth Lesser, Marrow
Affirmative prayer: In prayer and meditation, cultivating an awareness of Infinite Presence, I transform fear to faith, doubt to assurance. Uncertainty about my place in this life and my capacity to love and be loved are released. Wholeness is my divine birthright. Peace, be still… Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Tabitha Haly’s strong singing voice is precious to her. She has spinal muscular atrophy and has never been able to walk. But her father introduced her to music when she was three years old. Tabitha, who released her first album, "I Wrote Life," in 2019, advocates for disability rights. She says that individuals with a disability can declare, “I can be someone. I can help someone. And I can be loved like anyone else."
Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength. - unknown
Affirmative prayer: Today, I rise to the level of love, to courage, and to Spirit’s vision of me as whole and complete. My faith is deepened and my commitment to what is before me is unwavering. I can do all things through the love of God which strengthens me. Thank you, Infinite Presence, forever. Amen.
John Hinkle Jr. bowled a perfect game in honor of his father while using a special bowling ball that contained his father’s ashes. John and his brother grew up bowling with their dad, who died in 2016. In his perfect game, with his brother watching, he said he felt his father with him with every arm swing. “I was shaking. I had tears in my eyes the last couple of balls."
"In the timeless realm where God dwells, the beginning and the end are one, and the essence of everything that ever has been and ever will be is eternally present in a state of perfection.” – Eckhart Tolle
Affirmative prayer: Today, I look to the pattern of perfection at the center of my being and at the heart of everyone I have ever loved. We abide together in this wholeness, and our touch upon each other is full-hearted, life-restoring, and timeless. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S. (1849). She was rejected from 29 medical schools before being accepted by mistake by Geneva Medical College. She went on to build a medical practice, served impoverished families, and established the first medical college for women.
“None of us can know what we are capable of until we are tested.”
– Elizabeth Blackwell
Affirmative prayer: Today, I awaken the passion and the grit that was implanted in me by the Divine. With clarity, trust, and fortitude as my foundation, I give myself completely to the calling of my heart. I align my spirit with the God qualities that have brought me to this place, and I get on with it. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
May Day or mayday? Do we celebrate spring, or honor the workers of America, or send out a distress call? May Day – May 1 – is the halfway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. This date is also International Workers’ Day, which grew out of the 19th-century labor movement. And mayday (no space) is an internationally recognized distress signal, named as such because it sounds like the French word, m'aider, which means “help me."
“It is spring again. The earth is like a child who knows poems by heart.”
- Rainer Maria Rilke
God’s promise: “At a time of distress, the rush of mighty spring waters shall not reach you. You are safe from trouble. I will instruct you and teach you the way.”
- Psalm 32:7
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, I am ready to do the hard work to confront, heal, and release that which is giving me grief. Just as I welcome the change of seasons, I embrace the change in my thinking. All distress is released; my life is made new. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Yanet Lopez, the cafeteria manager of Deer Creek Elementary School, greets students with a smile and positive message every day. This past week, the students and staff lined the hallways to return the love and to celebrate Yanet for passing her U.S. citizenship test. An immigrant from Cuba, Yanet said this was her childhood dream, and she encourages her students to go after their dream, no how hard it may be.
“The secret of achieving your dreams lies in so vividly imaging them that you literally exude the consciousness of them. You are vibrating with their reality.”
– Eric Butterworth, The Creative Life
Affirmative prayer: Today, I am thankful to be included in a life of infinite possibilities, God’s pure essence finding new, beautiful ways to reveal itself. I am grateful that the hopes, dreams, and potential of Spirit are fulfilled as realized visions for those who seek a whole life. Knowing it is God’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom, I say thank you, Infinite Presence, forever. Amen.
Rene Compean became disorientated while hiking in Angeles National Forest. With his phone battery almost dead, he texted a photo of his surroundings to a friend. The image was posted online and a satellite-mapping enthusiast, Benjamin Kuo, notified the police of the GPS coordinates of Compean’s location. The hiker, who was lost, was found.
“Even though we may be lost in the wilderness, we should never forget that the power which created the wilderness is the very power that builds the path to take us back to the Holy Land.” – Ernest Holmes, Ernest Holmes Speaks
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, I affirm that, in moments when I feel lost and alone, there is a Divine power and presence with me. I give thanks for the ingenuity and resources of humankind, inspired by pure Spirit. I affirm that my sisters and brothers are forever anchored in the Divine. They are guided by the still, small voice within, lean into the brilliance of the human spirit, and are made safe and whole. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Chloé Zhao became the first woman of color to win the Oscar for best director, for directing Nomadland, In accepting the award, she quoted the opening text from a 13th century Chinese volume, Three Character Classic, which reads, “People at birth are inherently good.” Chloe, saying, “I have always found goodness in people,” and dedicated the Oscar to “anyone who has the faith and courage to hold on to the goodness in themselves and in each other.”
“You are a light. Release the need to harbor division. Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that only goodness is real.”
- John Lewis, statesman and civil rights leader
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, I give thanks for the Divine imprint on my heart, my mind, and my body. I recognize this goodness in everyone and give thanks for the mounting up of kindness in humankind. I hold the world in an expanding dimension of love, peace, and justice. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Fernando Tatis, third baseman for the St Louis Cardinals, hit two grand slam homeruns on April 23, 1999, in the same inning at Dodgers Stadium. Twenty-two years later, his son, Fernando Jr., shortstop for the San Diego Padres, hit two home runs in the same inning, on the same date, April 23, in the same stadium, Dodger stadium. “It's crazy," Fernando Jr. said. "It’s reassurance that there's a higher being."
There are only two symptoms of enlightenment: the first symptom is that you stop worrying. The second is that you encounter more meaningful coincidences in your life, more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous. – Deepak Chopra
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, I am grateful for the Divine’s handiwork that stirs everyday miracles. How good it is to know that Spirit, mind, and body are conspiring to create the life that I honor and cherish. I pray that my family, my friends, and all living souls are so in tune with the Infinite that their lives are miraculously blessed. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.