Tag Archives: Shelter

Thank God for Shade

shade-8690219246_3c5aeb285b_qA tiny patch of SHADE on a hot summer day is a miracle, fulfilling my body’s need for shelter from the sweltering sun beating down upon it.  SHADE is a byproduct of an object that lies between myself and the sun.  When feeling overheated or overwhelmed by an experience in my life, I can create a miraculous spot of SHADE within me by moving my attention away from whatever is beating upon me.  By mentally stepping out of the situation for a moment, I place the Light within me between myself and the experience. This provides the very shelter needed for a moment of cool, calm and peaceful balance. In the SHADE, I am reestablished in the Light of God within me and I am refreshed and renewed.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity minister currently serving at Unity of Livonia in Livonia, Michigan.

A Miracle A Day, Day 119

tent-cc-7732621858_74d3e3b1fd_mTENTS seemed quite a miraculous thing to me as a child.  I recall pinning a blanket to the top of the fence in a neighbor’s yard, stretching it out and holding the lower edge with rocks to form my own little refuge from the world.  Inside the TENT we could hide, giggle, tell stories and share secrets. It was a world unto itself, yet temporary, easily moved to another place for another day.  Have you ever thought about the physical forms that we walk around in as being like those TENTS?  Our bodies provide a virtual TENT in which we can find a bit of refuge from the vastness of the universe.  They are a private place in which we hold our own personal thoughts and ideas.  We tell ourselves stories about the world and our lives.  Sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry.  And when we close our eyes we can close out the physical world around us and reconnect with the vastness of the universe, with the very essence of Life which is greater than all the stories we tell ourselves.  A TENT is a miraculous idea providing shelter wherever we go.  Our bodies, the physical body, the energy body, and the spiritual body, provide a place of refuge too. Within them we can close the door to outer appearances aligning our minds with the Mind of God, the ultimate shelter that transcends time and space and all that has appeared before us.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity minister currently serving at Unity of Livonia in Livonia, Michigan.  

A Miracle A Day, Day 81

cave.cc279800205_f842ff9e04_qCAVES are a miracle provided in the surface of the earth for the protection of a variety of species.  Early humankind used caves as shelter from the elements and from beasts that were larger and more powerful than them.  CAVES today are often explored as entertainment or for their historical or archaeological value.  Metaphysically, a CAVE is a place to retreat from that which seems larger or more powerful than us.  In our inner cave we gather our faith and strength.  We release the belief that any “thing” has power over the presence of God within us.  Emerging from the CAVE of our quiet solitude we bring with us the Power of God which is always bigger than any problem or situation before us. CAVES are a miracle that provide shelter and there is one right in the very midst of you.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra