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Haven’t You Climbed Long Enough? Aren’t You Ready for a New Adventure?


Do you want to stop wandering, stop trekking, stop zig-zagging endlessly upwards by the sweat of your brow?

Do you want to stop struggling & learn how to fly?

Christ says the Kingdom of Heaven–
that mysterious, omnipresent exciting Kingdom–
is not only within you–
it’s within everyone.

What does this mean?

It’s our infinite final frontier.
It’s our perfect spiritual nest.
It’s our ultimate launching pad.
It’s our pure blue skies of happiness.

But what do I know?

It sounds like a lovely place to fly.

So you’re not alone in your desire.

If you want to learn how to fly, why not help someone else?

Let’s face it:
We’re all learners.
We’re all beginners.
We’re all disgruntled veterans and secretly hopeful children.
We all desire a helping hand.

We’ve all risen to grasp some hard-won wisdom but it’s not enough.

We desire–and deserve–to spread our wings.

Spiritual Law:
He or she who gladly helps others, also receives help.
From Heaven and on Earth.
The greater your service to others, the higher the Kingdom of Heaven within you, leads you.

Take this pure moment to trust a little bit.
Hear your own prayer.

Yes, your spiritual eyes can open enough to glimpse.
Your spiritual wings can sprout.
Your spiritual heart can thrill to that mysterious exciting blue reality…

Do you dare to admit your desire to fly?

Do you dare to take that wondrous leap?

I believe you do.

Just try.

Rev. Scott Ufford
C 2013

Sufferin’ Succotash, or Questions The Buddha Asked


Do we suffer because we do wrong?
–To suffer is wrong.

Do we suffer in order to learn we do wrong?
–To suffer is right.

We suffer as we right what is wrong.

We suffer as we wrong what is right.

If we avoid suffering, do we learn to avoid evil?
Then suffering is wrong, and to be avoided.

If we avoid suffering, do we never learn, and keep meeting evil?
–Then suffering is right, and to be embraced.

To not complete a poem about suffering, is that a relief?
Then a poem without end is a relief.

To complete a poem about suffering, is that a relief?
–Then a brief poem is a relief.

Did you know, as you started to read this poem
You started to write your own?

It’s true.

Did you know, as you live and love every day
You write your own soul’s verses?

So I ask you:

How will you finish this poem?
Will you live your own questions?
Will you give your own answers?

Don’t ever fear the end of your questions.
–Or doubt the worth of your sufferings.

Don’t ever doubt the worth of your questions.
–Or fear the end of your sufferings.

This is meant to happen:

Each new stage of gladness
Releases you into new questions.

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Rev. Scott Ufford,
Christian Spiritualist minister
Copyright 2011