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Volume 2 Issue 4 ISSN# 1708-3265

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"So Help Me God"
by Rev. Cheryl Jewett

"So help me God." These words, we have heard recently as our leaders take this vow of office. We loudly proclaim ourselves to be a Christian nation, yet I wonder, wouldn't it be better to embrace all of us, and identify ourselves as a Godly nation? What's the difference? There's a huge difference. One is exclusive; the other is inclusive. We don't say, "So, help me, Jesus." OR "So, help me, Jehovah." OR "So, help me, Allah." These names tend to separate us. Almost every religion, almost every person believes in a higher power of some sort. The difference is in how we perceive It, what we name It, and the dogmatic routines we deem necessary to worship this "God". But, what if we agreed to disagree on certain dogmatic issues such as baptism, communion, and/or confession, yet came to divine agreement on the presence of a heavenly spirit for all people? A God-Spirit. I mean, we have all been made in God's image - not the physical embodiment, but the God-Mind… a tiny God-Mind at the very centre of your mind and my mind.

Every single one of us has a personal vision about how life should be, based upon nature and nurture. Some perceptions come from our environment; others from our upbringing. Yet, it could be a sacred coming-together for us to all believe in the same God-Spirit. Like the expanse of lush green lawn, each blade of grass solidifies its oneness and strength. Washing away the entire lawn is a much more monumental task than breaking away one single blade. The same goes for each single entity found in nature.

The ocean and one drop of water.
A single crystal of snow on a mountaintop.
A peek of sunlight on a cloudy day.
No doubt, we are more powerfully loving by perceiving God as Spirit, a God-Spirit.

Being a Godly nation rather than a Christian nation would stop the divisiveness religion brings to the spiritual table. What if we all agreed on using the name Spirit rather than other specific names attributed to other religions? What if we accepted the concept that all of us can walk through the gates of heaven, not just those who believe in one religion or another? My vision is one nation under God, not just one nation under Christians, or Jews, or Baptists. One God. One World. One Spirit. John Lennon's song, "Imagine" brings to mind this utopian world; a oneness of celestial proportions.
Sharing, not hoarding.
Co-operation, not competition.
Loving, not hating.
No hunger, no fighting, no lack of anything needed for sustaining life.
What a beautiful world it could be.

Candy-cane thinking is what some people would think I advocate. Oh contraire! My vision is of a joining, not a separation of spirits. My vision is acceptance of all, embracing all; not excluding some people from the God-Spirit's Loving Heart.
May you find peace, love, and strength in God-Spirit-Faith.
May Spirit be with you.

Having Multiple Sclerosis for years, plus the untimely death of her youngest son a few years ago, forced Cheryl to re-invent her thought processes. As a metaphysical minister, Cheryl seeks to inspire healing, so she developed a website dedicated to those who are grieving.

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