Russell A. Kemp first wrote, “This Is the Year!” in 1947. It has appeared again and again in Daily Word and in other Unity publications. Although you may have heard it before, it contains a wonderful message as we step forth into 2016.
“Wonderful, wonderful, fortunate you! This is the year that your ships come in; this is the year you find Christ within. This is the year you are glad to live; this is the year you have much to give. This is the year when you know the Truth; this is the year when you find new youth. This is the year that brings happiness; this is the year you will live to bless. Wonderful, wonderful, fortunate you; this is the year that your dreams come true!”
Although a new year is an imaginary division of time, a product of human thinking, it quickens within us the need to pause, reflect, realign, and redirect the essential influences and qualities of our life. At this time the soul can experience a restlessness or a divine discontent.
Unrest or divine discontent is an important part of our spiritual journey. It is evidence that a greater good is knocking at life’s door; born from a divine urge that can never be denied. It tells us not only of our longings but of our highest possibilities as well. It is our built-in unceasing, abiding call from Spirit to “come up higher.”
As we stand on the threshold of 2016 we face the same opportunities, the same challenges as did the ancient Hebrews when, with Abraham, they were “called out” from their old country; or with Moses when the people encountered the Red Sea; or with Joshua when they stood on the banks of the Jordan looking across to the promised land - the “land of beginning again.” We no longer look behind us, but we rise and open the door to a greater good.
From Paul’s writing to the people of Corinthians, we find in Corinthians two - ninth verse - the following: “IT IS WRITTEN, EYE HATH NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NEITHER HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN, THE THINGS WHICH GOD HATH PREPARED FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM.”
It must be recognized we live in a universe governed by Law. As physical expressions we are here to learn and grow spiritually. There must be a mark of maturity linked with knowledge as we look at the laws of prosperity. We do not indulge ourselves but awaken to the CHRIST WITHIN. In this journey of life sometimes there are things we are not supposed to have. Some prizes we will never win, and some ambitions of the spirit will not allow us gratification.
Temptations will come and our curiosity will cause us to rationalize according to the human appetite. Jesus had to face these temptations and gained his victory by being centered spiritually.
We must understand the laws of being and free ourselves from the limitations which have enslaved us, leaving little hope. Let us remember, “THE GOD OF OUR FATHERS IS NOT BOUND OR LIMITED TO TIME OR SPACE.” Abraham was called to leave his homeland and move on to a place of promise. We as individuals must uproot attachment to the old in order to live in a world of abundance.
It is through a driving energy and unshakable faith we move forward to bring into our life and world God’s rich abundance. Intelligence alone can be cold and indifferent . . . it must be joined with Love. This is the meeting ground for Alpha and Omega - the true temple of SPIRIT.
Rev. Richard Billings
Unity of Oak Park is dedicated to teaching Spiritual Truth; awakening individuals to the indwelling Christ - I AM; and putting into practice Universal Laws of Love, Peace, Prosperity, and Healing.