Dear Light Group,

According to Jim Goure, Jesus’ primary mission was to infuse our consciousness with a deep-seated knowing that there is eternal life.  Jesus tried doing this through his message, through the talks he gave. Then he did something more dramatic: he raised Lazarus from the dead.

But that wasn’t enough. So Jesus had a seance with Moses and Elias. Peter, James, and John were with Jesus when it happened. The four of them hiked up a mountain, and what they saw was Jesus “transfigured before them, and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.” That must have been quite a sight: Jesus is ablaze with light, and two dead people are talking with him.

Jim’s understanding of what Moses and Elias did on that mountain was to bring to Jesus’ attention the fact that people were not listening to what he was saying. They had not grasped his basic message that there is eternal life. Instead, people were coming to Jesus to get healed..and then walking away. They were only interested in their little personalities and in getting their past healed.

In two thousand intervening years, have we changed? Or are we still absorbed with our little personalities and with healing our past?

Before going to the cross and then being resurrected in the flesh, Jesus prayed, and in that prayer are some clues as to how we might deepen our own sense of eternal life. Jesus prayed, “As thou has given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou has given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou has sent. I have glorified Thee on the earth. I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do.”

So giving glory to God is one technique for bringing us the consciousness of eternal life. Glory to God in the highest. Glory to God within. “Thank you, God, for everyone, everything, and for me.” Jim’s take was that “you cannot repeat that statement enough….That’s the beginning of telling God ‘thank you’ for what you have done in this universe.”

So let us do that this Saturday. Let us give thanks for the dance that has been created for us. Let us give thanks for all of it–the joyful parts as well as the painful parts. For whatever comes to mind as you pray, “Thank you, God.” For the factors surrounding your birth, “Thank you, God.” For your upbringing, “Thank you, God.”  For your youth and young adulthood, “Thank you, God.” For all that has happened in your life, “Thank you, God.”

And then you might want to conclude with, “I am That. I am that Light. I am that Love. I am that which creates Good in all people. I am that which creates Good in everyone and everything.”

Love and Light,