Monthly Archives: May 2013

And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; Isaiah 11: 2

I just finished watching Raw Faith, a biographical documentary that provided a candid look at the life of Marilyn Sewell, a Unitarian minister, as she follows her faith and progressive beliefs. I laugh, cried, and stopped the program about five minutes from its conclusion on last night because it was so overwhelming and real. I went to sleep thinking will I be able to finish this program anytime soon? This morning, when I awoke, I thought about the program every few minutes and when might I be able to finish watching it. I needed my heart, mind, and spirit to be in sync for the conclusion…I thought. Well I just finished it. It was a wonderful reflection of an individual… an individual that appeared real and true…and brave. If I could only be so brave and true…If only I can stand still and let “God’s grace” find me…bring to fruition the desires of my heart. Desires that I pray are in the will of God for my life.. The desires that I can not even verbalize. The desires that I have yet to believe can come true for a simple unworthy person such as I. Maybe some day I will be brave enough to tell my story and believe that I am worthily…

Let me look up Unitarian…I am not familiar with the term.
Unitarianism is a religious theological movement named for its understanding of God as one person, in direct contrast to Trinitarianism, which defines God as three persons coexisting consubstantially as one being. Thus, Unitarians contend that main-line Christianity does not adhere to strict monotheism as they do, maintaining that Jesus was a prophet, and in some sense the “son” of God, but not God himself. For most of its history, Unitarianism has been known for the rejection of several conventional Protestant doctrines besides the Trinity, including the soteriological doctrines of original sin and predestination, and, in more recent times, biblical inerrancy.

No wonder I was not familiar with the term unitarianism as it relates to Christianity…because I believe in Trinitarianism…the Christian doctrine that God exists as three persons…but is one being. The persons are understood to exist as God the Father, God the Son (incarnate as Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit, each of them having the one identical essence or nature, not merely similar natures. My belief system confess that one can only be saved through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as one’s personal Lord and Savior.
I was taught to believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into Hades. The third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sin; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.
Now that I have a better understanding of Unitarianism, I see why the biography of Minister Sewell did not appear religious to me but just human…just raw human emotions. Emotions that were not yet resolved, organized, or understood very well. It was as if after 17 years of being a minister, she was still searching for herself, her desire to be loved by a man, and her relationship to everything. Yet, she was brave enough to still seek for answers or maybe resolve…Words of Wisdom?…WOW?
If I give this some thought I want to compare and contrast what I saw in the documentary with what I think I might have seen had Minister Sewell not been unitarian…but that is not for me to do this day. My limited, crude, unscholarly skills need much perfecting. I lack the knowledge and expertise…Maybe someday…
God Bless in Jesus’ name…be happy and do good.
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12: 9

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that falls every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Memorial Day is our day to honor all Americans who have died while in military service.
May all the living relatives, friends, and love ones of those who gave their lives for our freedom and way of life in America find comfort on this day, as we pause to celebrate those brave men and women who gave their all.

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And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. Revelation 5: 5

Today I was in a church that had a large picture of a lion framed behind the pulpit. This prompted my memory of a phrase from a song that I like which refers to the lion of Judah. So with a few quick keystrokes I read some interesting things about the “lion of Judah”.

In Christianity, the Lion of Judah description is used to refer to Jesus Christ, but that’s not where the significance and meaning of this symbol ends. The Lion of Judah is an ancient symbol. The sign represents the Israelite tribe of Judah throughout the Old Testament of the Hebrew Bible. The symbol also is featured on the emblem of Jerusalem, recognizing the original tribe of the Biblical Yehuda or Judah. Traditionally, a lion represents the tribe.

In Genesis 49:8-9: Jesus is referred to as the Lion of Judah, a strong fighter against the enemy.
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By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. –Romans 1: 5-7

Today I learned that I have been accepted into seminary school. I hope to take my classes online. Wow! It has been a long journey for me to get to this point. No matter how desperately my heart accepted the call…my mind thought that it was impossible for it to be realized. Today I marvel at God’s work, when it comes to the “impossible”.

For as long as I can remember, I have felt the presence of God in my life, an unwavering assurance that there is a power, that keeps me, greater then myself. As I grew older, I began to make the connection between God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. “You need, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,” our preacher bellowed out every Sunday morning in a small Baptist church.

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Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. —Psalms 27:14

It certainly has been a long time since my last post. Thanks God… I am still here to think, breath, and hope. Happy Mother’s Day to me and all the mothers in the world. I am so excited because I am in the process of applying to divinity school.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s Granddaughter…