Rev. Lori's Message

Dear Beloved Spiritual Community  It’s time to make plans for Labor Day Weekend! As we enjoy the outer world of holiday fun with family and friends, we continue our inner world's spiritual labor; which is to apply our spiritual practices, disciplines, intentions, and dedications to our emotional and spiritual growth and transformation. There are times when we fail, we fall, we momentarily lose our way. Sometimes we see "another" as the one who provokes us, angers us. We see an enemy, a bad person in need of reprimand, instead of the guru who is holding up a mirror for our own reflection, contemplation, and correction. This our true spiritual labor's task; to see all that challenges us as opportunities to grow in self-awareness and compassion instead of undisciplined reactivity.

This quote, from Sufi poet Rumi reminds us: "Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come." And so, we begin anew; battered but not broken, on the sacred path of self-awareness. Renewed and refreshed, we go back to work on the labor of love; for healing, growth, forgiveness, peace.

As we mature emotionally and spiritually, we find we are less tolerant of our own broken vows and long for the vision of light that is set before us in every brother and sister who presents us with a challenge, which is in disguise an opportunity to heal, to grow in compassion, to learn forgiveness, to see innocence, to love. And as it is promised in A Course In Miracles, there will come a time when our automatic response will be "I can see Peace instead of this." In humble gratitude for the unwavering grace and love of The Divine, we set and re-set our spiritual intentions. We begin again.

LMC Interfaith Ministries continues to meet with a great group of sacred friends, Every Thursday at 7pm For A Course In Miracles studies at The Center For Inner Wisdom. This group is open and ongoing. Everyone is WELCOME! (4849 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park). Then, Our Open-Air Ashram spiritual cleansing ceremony under the September Full Moon is Wednesday September 6th at 7pm. Lauderdale By The Sea, 7pm, Park at the El Prado lot; 4501 N. Ocean Drive (33308).

In addition, anyone who feels called to sacred service is welcome to explore interfaith education and ordination with Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary. The next two-year course of study begins January 2018, so now is the time to get your application in! Find us at: www.sacredjourneyinterfaithseminary.org We look forward to being Blessed by your presence. Namaste and Blessed Be!

Please check our calendar for all classes and events. WE look forward to being blessed by your presence, in love and in peace. Namaste, and Blessed Be!