The Path of the Familiar

By Rev. Susan K. Smith Dr. Martin Luther King said, many years ago, that the “giant triplets” of racism, materialism and militarism” were “strangling the soul of America.” A year later, he was gunned down in Memphis, his voice forever stilled, but it occurred to me that he was walking down a path of the […]

The Power of the Little Things

  By Rev. Dr. Susan Smith   We often do not understand how it is “the little things” that make the biggest impact on the lives of people around us. Those “little things” can be positive or negative; words, gestures, attitudes, body language …all of them count. That we do not appreciate their power is […]

Loving God Enough to Love Ourselves

                                                                                By Rev. Dr. Susan Smith We are so driven by how we have grown up; […]

The Fine Art of Self-Forgiveness

  by Rev. Dr. Susan Smith  It is one thing to forgive another person for a wrong done to you, but it is quite another to forgive oneself for the wrongs all of us as human do. A person who lives in his or her guilt is a tormented soul. The memory of the offense […]

Positive Ways to Deal with Overwhelming Stress

by Misha Palmer At some point in our lives we have all experienced some sort of stress, whether simple or life changing, we’ve all had to deal with it – in some ways it’s apart of life.  Some of us have actually mastered getting through the spurts of tough times.  And the rest of us […]

The Gift and the Function of Unstructured Malevolences

by Rev. Dr. Susan Smith            The mystic Howard Thurman writes in The Inward Journey that “the stirring of energy in myriad forms of unstructured malevolences may well be the spirit of Life, of God at work in behalf of new life and perhaps a new creation on this planet.” The […]

Daily Devotion – September 13, 2017

Morning Motivation: Value is determined by sacrifice. God gave His all for you so you should never question your value. You are loved. Read: 1 Peter 1:18-19: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with […]

When We Must Use Another Part Of Our Spirit

by Rev. Dr. Susan Smith It shouldn’t have been a surprise but it was for me: people who stutter do not stutter when they sing. In fact, even while speaking, if people who stutter kind of “sing” what they are trying to say or, as in the case of Marilyn Monroe, use a different type […]

Daily Devotion – September 12, 2017

Morning Motivation: Sometimes your investment will lead to disappointment, but don’t let the disappointment destroy your future. Move on. Read: 1 Samuel 16:1-4: And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee […]