You Are Beautiful

*God, the Creator is ever with us.  Like the brilliant stars in the sky that shine above us, our individual life-lights shine uniquely in the darkness around us.  Though our hopes, wishes and dreams may be similar, our stories are all unique.  Though we are each loved by the same Divine Force – the Creator who created us – we express our individuality uniquely.

 Solo:  My Joyful Song of Praise

 Scripture: Psalm 139:1/14  “Oh Lord, you have searched me and known me…for it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you Lord, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Consider this:

*Your Uniqueness:  Of All the people who have come and gone on the earth since the beginning of time, not one of them is like YOU.

No one who has ever lived or is to come, has had your remarkable, un-duplicatable combination of abilities, talents, appearance, friends, acquaintances, family, burdens, sorrows, or opportunities.

No one has the same combination of secret inside-jokes or family-expressions that you do.

No one prays exactly the same way or about exactly the same concerns as you do; nor is loved by the same combination of people that love you.  You are absolutely unique.

*Enjoy your uniqueness:  You do not have to pretend in order to seem more like someone else.

You were not meant to be like someone else. You were meant to be yourself.

You do not have to conceal the parts of you that are not like what you see in anyone else.

Nowhere ever in all of history will the same things be going on in anyone’s mind, soul and spirit as are going on in yours now.

If you did not exist, there would be a hole in creation, a gap in history, something missing here.

*Share your uniqueness:  No one can reach out to others in the same way that you can, or speak your words.

No one can convey your meanings.

No one can comfort as you can with your kind of attention.

No one can bring your kind of understanding to another person.

No one can smile your smile.

Share your uniqueness!  Let it be free to flow out among your family and friends and people you meet in the rush and clutter and chaos of living wherever you are.  The gift of yourself was given you to enjoy.  Give yourself away – but also – let you receive the gift of yourself as well.

Scripture:  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.              Psalm 19:7-10,14

Marianne Williamson in “A Return to Love” writesNo matter what we do, we can make it our ministry.  No matter what form our job or activity takes, the content is the same as everyone else’s; we are here to minister to human hearts.  If we talk to anyone, or see anyone, or even think of anyone, then we have the opportunity to bring more love into the universe.  From a waitress to the head of a movie studio, from a crane operator to the president of nation, there is no one who job is unimportant to God.

Nancy Burke wrote in “Meditations for Health”:  “When I was very ill, I had to receive weekly intravenous treatments.  This went on for almost two years.  Somewhere in the middle I lost my courage.  It is hard to say which collapsed first, my soul or my veins, but collapse they both did.  One day the search for a healthy vein became too painful.  I pushed the needle away and cried.  A nurse brought to my side a young girl, of about ten, who had battled cancer all her life.  This child smiled at me and said, “You should get one of these.”  Lifting her T-shirt, she showed me the hole that had been cut into her abdomen so that she could receive her treatments through a permanent plastic port.  Then she put her hand, so small and soft, on mine and said, “You can take it.”  And I did.”

Sometimes those we help turn out to be healers for us, showing us important spiritual lessons that we can apply t our own situations.

A minister friend had been experiencing long bouts of depression because of the seeming lack of success in his church.  One day he went to visit a woman who was very ill.  As he started to leave the room, the woman spoke to him:  “You have been such an important person to me at this time of my life.  I want you to know that I have great love for you.”  These kind words sailed straight into his heart.  He said later that he just couldn’t believe it but by the time he reached his office he could sense that something different was stirring within him.  During the next several weeks the depression lifted and he felt a tremendous rejuvenation in his life.

The practice of loving kindness must find its root deep within us.  The story is told that Mohandas Gandhi once settled in a village and at once began serving the needs of the villagers who lived there.  A friend inquired if Gandhi’s objectives in serving the poor were purely humanitarian.  Gandhi replied, “Not at all.  I am here to serve no one else but myself, to find my own self-realization through the service of these village folk.”

 As Gandhi wisely pointed out, even as we serve others we are working on ourselves; every act, every word, every gesture of genuine compassion naturally nourishes our own hearts as well.  It’s not a question of who is healed first.  When we attend to ourselves with compassion and mercy, more healing is made available for others.  And when we serve others with an open and generous heart, great healing comes to us.

Talk to anyone who is a volunteer and you will learn about the personal satisfactions that accrue from his or her service.  The joy that compassion brings is one of the best-kept secrets of humanity.  It’s a secret known to only a few people and a secret that has to be rediscovered over and over again.

A veterinarian shared this story:

“Some of the most poignant moments I spend as a veterinarian are those spent with my clients, assisting the transition of my animal patients from this world to the next.

“When living becomes a burden, whether from pain or loss of normal functions, I can help a family by ensuring their beloved pet has an easy passing.  Making this final decision is painful and I’ve often felt powerless to comfort the grieving owners.  That was before I met Shane.

“I’d been called to examine a 10-year-0ld blue heeler named Belker, who’d developed a serious health problem.  His owners and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to him.  They were hoping for a miracle.

“I examined Belker, finding he was dying of cancer.  I told the family there were no miracles left for him and offer to perform the euthanasia for the old dog in their home. As we made the arrangements, they told me that thought it would be good for the 4-year-old Shane to observe the procedure.  They thought he could learn something from the experience and his presence would somehow be comforting to his beloved old dog..

“The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him.  Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time.  I wondered if he understood what was going on.  Within a few minutes Belker slipped peacefully away.

“The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion, so we sat together for awhile after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

“Shane had been listening quietly and piped up “I know why”.  Startled, we all turned to him, and what came out of his mouth next stunned me.  I’d never heard a more comforting explanation.

“He said “Everybody’s born so they can learn how to live a good life, like loving everybody and being nice. Right?”  He continued, “Well, animals already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.!”

Matthew 25:34-40  Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 

 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?  And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?  And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?  The king replied: ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

Just as Jesus shared in this story about the king who recognized those quiet helpers in his kingdom, and had the king say, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it unto me.”   So it is for each of us, through our own uniqueness, quietly, each in our own way, we can make a difference in our world and in so doing, we bless others and we are doubly blessed.

Closing Song:  “You Are Beautiful, you are beautiful; Your uniqueness fills a need in this world; you are beautiful to me..and we are beautiful to God.”

 Blessings and farewell… for now.   Rev. Jan Mahannah

2 comments to You Are Beautiful

  • Ralph Bruening

    Several years ago I obtained cassettes from a Jan Mahannah who sang a song titled ‘You are Beautiful’ which has the same feeling yet with only a few similar phrases like the one from you May 31st, 2015 Sunday Messages than I found on your website. I listened to the version many many times.

    The cassettes have disappeared over the years. I would like to obtain a recording with Jan singing this piece —with a guitar accompaniment I seem to recall.

    If Jan is available, I would like to send her a note and/or talk to her.

    Ralph A very Happy Elder in Santa Fe, New Mexico… 505-603-3610

  • Sue

    I will forward your message to Rev Jan. She might be out of town now, so I don’t know when she might reply to you.
    Sue, Unity Christ Center

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