"Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." - John 14:12
Front Porch Faith
How is it that the family I grew up in is both a whole lot spiritual and also a little bit witchy? And how do I bring both those parts of who I am into simple harmony?
Let me tell you my story...
On my mother's side of the family, there are generations of ministers and pastors. At least three or four generations that I know of, and possibly more.
I also come from a family with several generations of mediums, and intuitives - of women and men with magical ability. And it's the same group of people.
Yep, that's really true!
For generations, my family has struggled to reconcile these two seemingly opposite influences. Most of them did so by completely denying the intuition and magic.
The cost? Well, this same group of people has a history of alcoholism, abuse, depression and anxiety.
In my own life, third generation Christian, intuitive and medium, I have done rather wild pendulum swings from devout Christian, to devout pagan, and almost everywhere on the continuum in between. I was trying to figure it out, you know?
Finally, I believe I am coming to both acceptance and peace, led by my relationship with God, with both parts of who I am.
I'm a progressive Christian who practices hearthcraft. In other words, I am an everyday progressive Christian hearth witch.
That’s what witchcraft is—creating a story, a possibility for your reality—and then watching it manifest in the physical world. - Julie Wilders
As so much of hearthcraft revolves around love, nurturing, and protection of what you consider sacred, positive goals can be the only ones envisioned. -House Witch
Finding Peace: The Journey to Harmony
I had several realizations that helped me begin to find peace...
(1) I came to believe that the entire universe is founded on magic and created by magic. The first recorded magical act was creation. The first recorded spell, if you will, was "let there be light."
(2) God said, "you shall have no other gods before me," and told us we could not worship idols. And it dawned on me that he never said he was the only god. Just that we better put him first, and he better be the only recipient of our worship.
(3) I struggled with whether or not the "miracles" really happened. But then, I realized, they were magical. If you can stretch out your hand and part the Red Sea, you have the best magic there is.
(4) I came to believe that Jesus was a healer who often healed using verbal magic. You could call them "spells" though I jut think of them as what he said ...
-"your faith has made you well."
-"pick up your mat and walk."
-"peace, be still."
-"Lazarus, come forth."
(5) And for me, this is the best part: Jesus said that those who believed in him would be able to do far more than he was able to do, and he was talking about the wonders he performed. Which were magical.
I also believe that when God gives us gifts, he does it on purpose. And he means for us to be who he created us to be.
There are no accidents. And I believe it's a waste to be given gifts and then, reject them and refuse to use them. More than likely, they have been given to us so that we can help people.
So, generation after generation, he not only gave my family magical ability, he called them to be pastors.
Time after time, he intended for it all to swirl around inside the same person. Just like it did in Jesus.
We were created in his image, after all. And there can be no one more intuitive or magical than he is.
So that's my story of faith and harmony. Thank you for hanging out with me and giving me your time as I shared it with you.