I am also posting this on our main website and social media. I hope you will take the time today to reflect on kindness, compassion and how to be truly helpful to others as you continue to practice the principles in ACIM.

*****In celebration of Martin Luther King Day and the National Day of Service, I share with you a talk I did a few years ago. I have been a volunteer in various capacities for several decades as well as working for non-profit agencies: YWCA, YMCA, AmeriCorps before it was nationally known as AmeriCorps, a homeless shelter and food pantry, mommy support and education, a church, and others. Additionally, all the work I do for MiraclesOne as well is strictly volunteer.

I have received many questions over the years as to why it seems from student’s observations that some ACIMers don’t do volunteer work or contribute financially or in other ways. I don’t really know the answer to that, perhaps it is what we seem to be noticing with a few and not recognizing what others do. Sometime the observation is that Course students are selfish or push it on other people that they wouldn’t be in the lot they are in if they would just “change their mind.” Our lesson here is kindness, simple kindness and compassion to others. I know there are those that are reading this who do give of themselves and generously. Ignore the naysayers and keep doing what is in your heart. I know I will be doing so.

Our fall retreat is “Being Truly Helpful.” If you are interested, go to

“Being of Service”

With Rev. Deb Phelps
A miracle is a service. It is the maximal service you can render to another.
It is a way of loving your neighbor as yourself. T-1.I.18:1-3

When we approach our daily lives with the premise, “I am here only to be truly helpful” there is a difference to the level of peace that we will feel. Moving from the “give to get” mentality and into the “giving with gratitude” mentality will save us countless tears and frustrations. We will experience a satisfaction and serenity as never before when we make this shift. We already have it all within us as that is how we were created. We are Love and we are here to give only Love.

Music by Donna Marie Cary –

Recorded January 20, 2013
Madison, WI


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