This Week at Unity of Palm Harbor
“The fruit of Trust is a peaceful mind.” Rev Linda Martella Whitsett
What if we start with the opposite of a peaceful mind. What if we start in chaos? What if we start with a desire so great that there is no choice but for us to seek out a different way of living? Let us start as seekers of Peace so that we will truly recognize our souls’ calling and the Universe’s response. As we so enjoyed Peter and Bartholomew last week, how about we explore Matthew, first known as Levi, the tax collector? He certainly did not have a peaceful mind with his fellow countrymen calling him a traitor to the Jewish faith. They spat on him in contempt yet he did not give up. Levi was persistent in seeking God’s plan for his life. As Levi observed Jesus healing the soul through forgiveness, he wondered if there was a place for him in this Kingdom of God. Jesus called Levi to follow him and renamed him, Matthew, meaning A Gift of God.
While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. Mark 2: 15-17
Palm Harbor Pulse
When you come to Unity of Palm Harbor, you notice we have an abundance of green leaves. Relax into your chair and rest your eyes. Imagine yourself walking through our shaded woodland, taking a deep breath, and relaxing into your stroll on the path around the property. The leaves above, shelter you from the heat of the day. As you walk deeper into the woods, you feel the mild breeze on your arms. You look up and see the leaves welcoming you, waving in the breeze. A peaceful feeling overcomes you, so you close your eyes for a moment. You breathe in the oxygenated air, that the leaves have exhaled for you. Your worries disappear. You feel safe here because the thought of God is all around you.