Virtual Service

2020 Spiritual Vision

The Grateful and Cheerful Receiver

Living as Compassionate Conduits


Rev Dr. Raymont Anderson


Sky Nelson


Dianne Stewart Hamlin, RScP

The Grateful and Cheerful Receiver

Science of Mind Point of View

“The Universe is impersonal. It gives alike to all. It is no respecter of persons. It values each alike. Its nature is to impart, ours to receive. When we stand in the light, we cast a shadow across the pathway of our own experience. Emerson advises that we get our bloated nothingness out of the way of the divine circuits.” The Science of Mind: The Definitive Edition, Ernest Holmes

It is a deeply embedded part of our nature to know how to receive. It’s one of our great and beautiful birth rights as living creatures and yet sometimes we, for any number of reasons, do not believe that we can receive good or we believe that our only value is in giving.

The reality is that we’re in an ever flowing cycle of giving and receiving. It is the literal process of our breath. We take in oxygen and in our outbreath we give carbon dioxide out to the world to be used by other living beings that need it to survive and thrive. We live in synchronicity with the world around us.

Supporting Quotes

“All men* seek some relationship to the Universal Mind, the Over-Soul, or the Eternal Spirit, which we call God. And Life reveals itself to whoever is receptive to it.” Excerpt From: The Essential Ernest Holmes, Jesse Jennings

*This was written at a time where language was often gendered towards the masculine. As this is a quote it is written his way, but we recognize that the sentiment in this statement is speaking to all humans and not just men.

“Of all the thousands of people I’ve interviewed and studied over the years—looking for patterns in the data—only about 15 to 20 percent were folks living with their whole hearts, folks who were really all in when it came to their relationships. So I decided I wanted to find out why. What qualities did these people have that made them so capable of both receiving and giving love?

When I examined my research, I discovered that these were people who deeply believed that they were worthy of love and belonging. These folks believed this regardless of the circumstances, unlike the majority of us who think: “Okay, I’m worthy of love and belonging a little bit, but I’ll be super worthy if I get promoted. Or I’ll be super worthy if I lose 20 pounds.” These folks believed that they were lovable and that they had a place in the world, and those beliefs translated into specific choices they made every day. They were aware. They recognized shame, and they knew how to deal with it. They recognized vulnerability, and they were willing to feel it—rather than ignore or numb it.” Brene Brown

“Jesus says if anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all. His disciples argue about who is the greatest, and Jesus takes a child and puts the child in the midst of them. He takes the child in his arms and he says, “Whoever receives one such child . . . receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” He makes it sound like receiving God might be quite a bit different from receiving power as we are used to thinking of it.

Our nation says it desires peace—but then presents on its insignia a bald eagle—the fiercest bird. On the other hand, in the midst of a discussion about power, Jesus takes a child and says, “Here, embrace this.”

Maybe we worship power, try our hardest to project strength and invulnerability, because we are afraid of something we don’t need to be afraid of—something we would do better to embrace, like the vulnerability at the core of our humanness. Perhaps being open to this is precisely what makes peace and love and cooperation possible. It is this openness to vulnerability that allows us to receive God.” Consider the Birds by Debbie Blue

Call to Action

When we can welcome in our own vulnerability and the vulnerability of others we are well on our way to being grateful and cheerful receivers of goodness. Let’s cultivate our tenderness and tune into God’s rhythm. The ebb and flow of life is just waiting to course through us.

Weekly Affirmation

“I stand with my body and heart open to goodness and I know that there is nothing that separates me from the river of life that flows through me as I give and I receive.”

Event details

  • November 29, 2020
  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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