September 19, 2021

Minister's Message

Finding Peace

Beloved Community:

There was once a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of “peace.” Of the hundreds of paintings submitted, he found only two that he liked. Knowing he had to choose between them, he carefully considered each one.

One picture was of a calm lake which formed the perfect mirror for the peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky filled with fluffy white, beautiful clouds. All who saw this painting thought it was a perfect picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains too. But they were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell and in which lightning blazed. Down the side of the mountain raged a foaming waterfall. Most observers agreed that this painting wasn’t peaceful at all.

But when the king looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest…calmly warming her babies in perfect peace.

To the surprise of the courtiers, the king chose the second picture, explaining that peace is not a place where there is uncertainty, trouble or fear. We are truly at peace when we can be found in the midst of all those things and still have calm in our heart.

As I watch the unfolding, horrific news of our deepening medical crisis in Idaho, I find my heart tender and my eyes swollen from the overflow of my heart asking…how can I find peace in this situation? How can I bring peace to a congregant who was turned away for care? How can I move out of this almost paralyzing fear? How can I silence my frequent, war-like judgement of the “unvaccinated” as our ICU’s and ER’s close to patients one by one? 

I found peace from these words of our founder, Dr. Ernest Holmes:  
"We know that is not a natural order of things for people to be at war with one another. We know that the human heart is instinctively kind, that it desires peace, it desires self-expression, it desires liberty, and it desires happiness. If we would promote the idea of peace in the world we must begin with our own individual consciousness. We must think peace if we wish to express peace...It is only when the individual mind ceases combating itself that it will stop combating others. All we know, as individuals, is that it is within our power to control our own thinking, to so order our own mind and thought that we, as individuals, shall be surrounded by peace. Peace comes from the absence of fear, from a consciousness of trust, from a deep, underlying faith in the absolute goodness and mercy, the final integrity of the universe in which we live and of every cause to which we give our thought, our time and our attention. If we would have peace outwardly, we must first realize peace inwardly.  The Essential Ernest - pg 172

Holding onto our faith in each other and in our belief that we live in a friendly, supportive Universe, I know that we can find peace in the midst of all these challenges.

I send you blessings of Peace, Health and abiding Faith during these difficult times. Please take care of yourselves, your families and each other. I ask that you please carefully weigh your responsibilities as a member of the wider community and act from love in all your decisions.

You are are are important to this world.

Rev. Jackie Holland
Senior Minister
Guest Musician
Becky Borczon

Becky Borczon is a former professional actress (you can still see her on a few VERY OLD "Law and Order" episodes) who is so blessed to sing with an acoustic group called The Storytellers, and is a featured singer with The Billy Blues Band. Becky is delighted to sing for the Center for Spiritual Living this week.

Meditative Thought
by Dr. Ernest S. Holmes, Founder of Science of Mind

"We may meet difficulties, uncertainties and doubts, barriers walling our passage. But we must not be discouraged when so confronted. We must climb over the rocks of unbelief, pass around the barriers of doubt and plunge into the stream with faith. The stream will ever widen; the barriers will gradually disappear; though we walk through the plains and valleys of indecision and doubt, the stream will still carry us back to the ocean of our being." - A Holmes Reader on Meaning, p. 31
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Are you called to serve in a leadership position at the CSL Boise? Several current board member's terms are ending and we are looking for folks to serve as a CSL Board of Trustees board member.

Requirements are:

  1. Be a member of CSL Boise for a minimum of 6 months
  2. Be a member in good standing
  3. Completed a Science of Mind 1 class 
  4. Have an open mind and open heart

Please see J.J. Bullock, Board President or call Rev. Jackie if you are interested or want to find out more at (208) 375-0751 or email
Do you have a email address?

It was brought to our attention that Sparklight (formerly Cable One) will be eventually discontinuing all e-mail addresses. If you have a email address on file with us, we don't want you to miss a THING!

Plan ahead! Once you have a new e-mail address, let us know and we will update your e-mail address so you can stay informed and continue to receive the CSL E-blasts!

E-mail us at and include your name and your new email address and we will update our records. And if anything else has changed (a new physical or mailing address or a new cell phone, please include that as well!)

Do you LOVE to sing? Have you wanted to sing outside of the shower? 

We are looking for folks to sing at the CSL Sunday Service.

If you are called to sing at least one song on Sunday morning during service, and are a "some-what experienced" vocalist, please e-mail Rex Miller:

We'd love to have you join our musical team!
Fall is just about here and the leaves will start hitting the ground. We can use your assistance with leaf removal Saturdays through out October & November. 

There are other outside projects that need attention now, such as replacing the siding on the building. You don't need skill, just a willing heart to help.

Contact Beth Ambrose at 208.484.9901 or
to volunteer with any help that you can provide!  
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The prayer team is awaiting your prayer request! We invite you to reach out to us!

Prayer of the Week
There is only GOD. Everywhere. Infinite. In all things, situations, and circumstances. It shows itself in the stillness of the morning. In the laughter of the children walking down the street headed to school. It is the joy of the squirrels as they feast on the walnuts in the tree outside my window. 

This infinite presence is in me! It's in all of us! WE are all absolutely a divine expression of GOD. WE are one with GOD!

In this place of clarity knowing our oneness, I speak my word claiming peace! There is peace in our minds, and in our actions. WE all move through our lives with the peaceful presence of GOD. It expresses through us, and vibrates this energy out into our lives, communities and throughout the world!

We give deep thanks. We are so very grateful!

I release this word now into the law, knowing it's done.

And, So it is!

Lisa Compton, RScP
Special thanks to our Musical Director, Rex Miller and all of the talented
musicians who continue to support the CSL during this time! 
To find out more, and to help support our musicians during
these difficult times, please click on the links to our beloved Musician's Websites.
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Our Center is open for assembly gathering

Due to the rising Covid19 cases in Idaho, masks must be worn at all times while inside the building. Please take care of yourself, your neighbors and others. Please help protect our Boise hospitals' capacity of care. Thank you!

Please join us at 10:30 am at 10464 W. Garverdale Court, Boise, ID.
Join us for 10 am meditation with our Practitioners.

Please join us Sunday if you feel called to come to church in person. We look forward to seeing your beautiful faces and sharing in your wonderful energy in our Sanctuary! Or join us on Facebook Live at 10:30 am or watch the Sunday Service video at your convenience. For our current COVID-related policies, please visit us at
Center for Spiritual Living Boise

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Reverend Jackie Holland, Senior Minister