Thurs, December 16, 2021 – 12 Tevet 5782

Vayechi: Genesis 47:28 – 50:26

Jacob dies and is gathered to his people.  Jacob is carried to the land of Canaan, where he is buried with his ancestors in the cave of Machpeilah.

When you are utilizing your talents and contributing to the goodness in this world, you are fulfilling the destiny for which you were born.  (Success, p. 211)

Fri, December 17, 2021 – 13 Tevet 5782

Vayechi: Genesis 47:28 – 50:26

Better stop short than fill to the brim. 
Over sharpen the blade, and the edge will soon blunt.
Amass a store of gold and jade, and no one can protect it.
Claim wealth and titles, and disaster will follow.
Retire when the work is done.
This is the way of heaven.

Lao Tzu
(Strength, p. 151)

Sat, December 18, 2021 – 14 Tevet 5782

Vayechi: Genesis 47:28 – 50:26

Joseph’s brothers ask for forgiveness, and Joseph responds, “Am I in place of God?”

When you are listening from a clear heart, you can see through another’s words to that person’s very soul.  However, if you are listening through a veneer of critical judgment and a filter of negative perceptions, you see only yourself and cripple the possibilities for a dynamic interchange that could form and re-form worlds of awareness and ways of being.  (Harmony, p. 194)

Sun, December 19, 2021 – 15 Tevet 5782

Shemot: Exodus 1:1 – 6:1

The children of Israel dwell in Egypt, where they are fruitful and multiply.  A new king arose in Egypt, who feared the number and might of the Israelites.  The king appointed taskmasters, who embittered the lives of the Israelites with service.

Enslavement goes against the nature of humanity and all God’s creations.  (Success, p. 232)

Mon, December 20, 2021 – 16 Tevet 5782

Shemot: Exodus 1:1 – 6:1

The Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah, refuse to comply with Pharoah’s order to kill the newborn Hebrew males.

Creativity is the force of God that dwells within your spirit and moves you to birth new life, new opportunities, and new accomplishments.  With Creativity you can solve the most difficult problem and fulfill the most challenging goal.  (Creativity, p. 263)

Tues, December 21, 2021 – 17 Tevet 5782

Shemot: Exodus 1:1 – 6:1

A Hebrew mother, Jocheved, places her baby son in a basket of reeds, and sets him afloat in the river to save him.  He comes to the daughter of Pharoah, and is called “Moses,” because he is drawn from the water.

Miracles are happening all the time.  To see the unexpected you need to be wise enough to perceive it and reasonable enough to understand that the unexpected really does occur.  An overdependence on either wisdom or reason diminishes the wonders that exist in each.  (Understanding, p. 103)

Wed, December 22, 2021 – 18 Tevet 5782

Shemot: Exodus 1:1 – 6:1

Moses grows up as a prince of Egypt.  He flees Egypt after he kills an Egyptian who has slain a Hebrew.  Moses dwells in the land of Midian, where he marries Tzipporah and tends sheep.

Define new boundaries to accommodate new experiences.  Things in your life that may have seemed separate and disjointed are now perceived as only temporary images of reality.  They are stepping-stones to enter a larger story of who you are, parts of a puzzle that fit together into a greater whole.  (Understanding, p. 93)