Minister’s Musings – April 19, 2021

“There is beauty and humility in imperfection.” – Guillermo del Toro

There is beauty in imperfection. One of my favorite speakers of all time is Lisa Nichols. She is my hero. My inspiration. I want to be like her when I grow up! One of the most beautiful things about Lisa is that she is transparent. She knows how much people can relate to being totally honest and real. I love that about her, and any other person I meet. I love the person they truly are. The person behind the masks and the personas that they wear. Authenticity is Divine and I love that about people.

Be perfect in our imperfections

One of the things Ms. Nichols tells us during her talks is to be perfect in our imperfections. We are real people. We all are. With all the rough edges and private insecurities. We struggle. We cry. We argue. We laugh out loud inappropriately. This is the beauty of being human. It’s the beauty of allowing the Divine to experience all the scenarios in this human incarnation that allows for full expression.  This means all the joys, all the love, all the self-empowerment is available to us. It’s a decision we make for ourselves.

Sometimes gifts come in sandpaper wrappings

We can’t always affect what happens to us, but we can decide how to respond to the challenges that are presented to us. As Lisa says, sometimes gifts come in sandpaper wrappings. We need to be willing to understand that whatever is happening right now, no matter how challenging, may be one of those gifts. It may be giving us the opportunity to learn and to grow as a person and to become better than we were before. Also, we need to be willing to say, “It’s okay.” This is a time to evolve. Let’s do this!

We learn and we are better for it

Anyone who tuned into our message yesterday, probably noticed that our Zoom live stream did not have sound for the first 20 or so minutes.  We have been so fortunate to have been able to record from our individual locations without a glitch for over a year now. Despite this little hiccup yesterday, our sound tech and staff worked diligently and meticulously to move past this issue, solved the problem, and got us back up online. They are an awesome team and I am so grateful to have them. I want to thank them with all of my heart for being there for us.

A redo

I am including an edited version of our service from yesterday above that includes the first 20 minutes being rerecorded and added to the rest of the service. I wanted you all to be able to get the benefit of hearing Matt and Becky’s wonderful music and the meditation at the end. It is with great joy that we are able to share our gifts with you and are eternally grateful for the opportunity to become better than before.

In love and light…

Rev. Lori

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Rev. Dr. Lori Erwin-Johnson is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Tacoma