Clergy Corner: God talks to the heart

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Rev. Rhonda Tretsven is the senior minister at the First Church of Religious Science.

■ By Rhonda Tretsven / Contributed

There are days in our lives where we stop along our path of life and ask, “God, what is mine to do?”
“Can you give me a hint because I am feeling a little lost at the moment! I’ve lost my spiritual compass and I have no idea which direction I am going.”
Actually, what has happened is we have walked so far and have finally reached the spiritual fork in the road. One side of the road leads to continuing life as it always has been, and the other—the sacred.
Yes, it is that place we have arrived where humanity and divinity meet. Meaning, we are really looking at our life as it stands and asking, “How has this all been working for me?”
“I feel something is missing from my life, yet I have everything I need.”
As we stand staring at the road something within our being—a place in our heart—beacons us to take the path of the sacred. Everything within us feels the “Yes” to walking with God, Our Father, Yahweh, Jehovah, Allah, Supreme Being, and we begin.
What we have yet to discover is that we have always been on the journey with “IT.” We just finally decided to have a relationship with it. When one starts out on their spiritual journey, we usually have no idea what we are looking for, but we know it calls to us. IT hits us directly in the heart.
There is an unexplainable longing to commune with this energy, which we can only explain as loving. IT draws us in. The amazing thing about this loving momentum is it is unconditional. As humans, we long for connection and we seek until we find it—like minds that celebrate this sacred life. This is what we know as religion, or for some, spirituality. Both are about belonging to a collective spiritual practice that agrees with who we are on the inside, and learning through prayer, that we can talk to God.
Often I am asked, “What is the difference between religion and spirituality?”
Well, religion is for people who are afraid they are going to hell. Spirituality is for those who have already been there. Both speak of our relationship with God. It’s just a matter of how you want to understand and create that connection. One of the master teachers of our path to God is Jesus, the Christ, and what he demonstrated was our ability to be in a relationship with the divine.
In the New Testament scripture, we understand Jesus spent much of his time communing with his own soul, and in that communion, he revealed it is through our inner thought that we contact God. Prayer is where we have a conversation with the divine. God knows what is on our hearts. In the book, “A Course of Love” it says, “God is a relationship with love.”
If God were to speak to you himself and tell you what your service would be to him, he would but tell you this…My child, return to me. For we belong to one another. You are the bridge to me. I am the bridge to you. You are the bridge to your brothers and sisters. They are your bridge to yourself. God talks to our hearts, but it is up to us to listen and take the first step.

Rev. Rhonda Tretsven is the senior minister at the First Church of Religious Science (“the domes”). The church is located at 40450 Stetson Ave., Hemet. We invite all paths to God and are a spiritual community that welcomes the LGBTQ community. We are a faith—a philosophy that creates a spiritual path of tools to lead a balanced life with the God of your understanding. All we ask is that you are open to the possibility of having an amazing life. Meditation is at 9.30 a.m. Celebration services start at 10 a.m. Thank you, Namaste.

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