The following excerpt is from a new book by Rev. Dorothy Pierson called Keeping Close in Prayer.
By Dorothy Pierson
As we open our mind and heart to the message of eternal life, we turn to our Scriptures for confirmation. In the book of Isaiah, the prophet speaks to the magnitude of God's plan for all creation. Read these words with the eyes of your heart:
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, And His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young Men stumble and fall; But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40: 28-31)
Somehow as I read these words I hear and feel the power of Spirit that transcends the ages and feeds me in this moment as I view my life and my purpose. I have a word before me on my computer that reads, THIS PRESENT MOMENT IS A BRIGHT AND EXCITING PLACE FOR ME TO BE.
This … came to me one night after a class in Sacramento. As I went out of the church I took a little rolled up blessing paper from the basket on the counter near the door. When I read the blessing, I felt a deep response to it. However, in that moment I was tired and not excited about anything but to get home and close my day. Yet I kept repeating the words over and over. It seemed like a promise of good to come! And so, I taped it to my computer.
Shortly after that we concluded our work in Sacramento and moved to the Seattle area, bought a new house, planted lovely shrubs and flowers, and felt the joy of “the present moment.” Then one day the telephone rang and the call came for Phil [Dorothy's husband] to come to Unity School and work with the Education Department. We moved to Lee's Summit, Missouri, bag and baggage … another house and a whole new view of our life. Is this forever? No, it is another present moment! It is another bright and beautiful place for me to be.
I am confident that life is a moving process drawn by an eternal plan of God's good for everyone. We can't really settle down and retire from life. We are created in the Spirit of the living God in a universe of life that sings, renews, rebuilds, restores, heals and in every wonderful way contributes to creation. We are meant to soar like the eagles and be renewed in a strength that runs and is not weary! We are meant to live fully in this moment in this present time and place!
We are spiritually the very essence of the Christ Presence so clearly lived by Jesus. Over and over again we walk together on life's paths for we have a destiny that knows no time or space. Let us keep close in prayer and love and let the moment wrap around us as we accept life's fullness.
Forward to Keeping Close in Prayer by Rev. Phil Pierson
At the time that Dorothy and I announced that we were leaving Hawaii to take the ministry in Sacramento, California, the Chairman of the Board of the Hawaiian Church was a man named Joe Putnam. Joe was a very wise and worldly man having recently retired as a Chief of the Commission in charge of all of the United States Trust Territories in the Pacific. On hearing of our decision to leave, Joe made the public statement that “We may get another Phillip Pierson, but we'll never get another Dorothy.”
I share this as it captures the role Dorothy has played in all of our lives. She truly fits the word “one of a kind.” After 50 years as her partner in life I can testify to her ability to blend joy, beauty, intelligence, intuitiveness, love and light into one package.
She has always entered into life with an enthusiasm that is contagious. When she met Charles Fillmore, co-founder of the Unity Movement in Seattle, Washington, he was obviously captured by her light enough to welcome her as a young employee at Unity School in Kansas City, Missouri.
As her employer and landlord, Charles Fillmore and Dorothy shared many meaningful experiences. Dorothy has let her light shine for thousands and thousands of people as a minister and also as a fellow traveler along life's journey. She fearlessly shares her convictions of God's love and the Unity message with anyone who crosses her path. I have rarely had trouble finding where Dorothy has been by just briefly describing her. The response would be, “Oh, yes, she was here!” That testifies to her ability to live in the moment and to be all there–a gift that she is still trying to get me to acquire!
Her ability to minister to people was evidenced early in her life as a very young child. Her older sister, Gertrude, loved to tell us how she would sometimes leave the family as just a little girl and go sit by a street person and tell them that God loved them and would take care of them.
She clearly came into this world with a clear relationship with God!
Keeping Close in Prayer is a collection of articles that Dorothy wrote over a period of seven years for our Prove Me Now Ministry newsletter. They were written primarily for people who had known us for our 25 years on television. So, they are written as a message to friends well-known. Most of these articles offer … insights to the principles that Dorothy has lived by most of her life.
|Dorothy Pierson was hired to work in Silent Unity by Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, in 1938. In the 1940's she began working in ministry and for 60 years served in numerous cities around the United States. Along with her husband Rev. Phillip Pierson, Dorothy had a popular television program, The Best Is Yet to Be, which was seen on the west coast for 25 years. Dorothy's poetry has been read by millions of people. She also served as the president of the Association of Unity Churches (now called Unity Worldwide Ministries) and is the recipient of their Light of God Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.