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Kathy Rathbun

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Kathy Rathbun introduction
« on: August 24, 2016, 09:10 »

Hello Everyone!
It seems strange to talk to all of you, knowing you will actually understand me. (I hope!) I have been reading the Urantia Book since the fall of 1981, and have not been able to reach people directly with the book.  Discovering this group is just in the nick of time for me, because my frustration level in going at it alone is at an all time high. And I think that is due to the feeling of urgency I have had for the last few years. I guess I’ll back up a bit and tell you some highlights, but I’m skipping over my personal trials and tribulations because, well, they’re personal.
I was born as the third daughter to Charles and Cecelia Perisse, in New York, on July 25, 1955. (I know! Weird, right? Just a coincidence, but I’m glad about it!) Anyway, my parents were good people, not perfect, but they loved my sisters and me. I have come to the realization, more and more, how important our role as guardians to our children really is. I was raised Catholic, my Mom was Italian and of course made us go to church on Sunday, and Catechism on Saturdays. I never had a day off during the school year!
God was real to me, ever since I can remember, but He was kinda in the backround of my mind, I avoided talking to Him, and I always knew I wasn’t measuring up. (Or at least, that’s what I thought.) I know now I was spoiled, being the youngest, and this, coupled with a willful and rebellious personality, led me into a heap of trouble once I was a teenager.
When I came across the Urantia Book, my 5-year-old son and I were living in a bus, in the forest, above The Dalles, in Oregon. There was a bunch of us, I was a newcomer, and “Heavy” (I don’t know his real name) said I could watch his bus while he was away at work being a steelworker in Portland. Since I was living in a tent, this sounded good to me.
 Apparently, Heavy was an avid reader, as am I. So I was thrilled to see rows of books on his shelves he had lined the bus with. As I looked closer, most of the books were volumes dedicated to religions (including many different Bibles) and philosophy. Of course, I wanted to read all of them, but Heavy was only going to be gone for three weeks. So I asked him, if you were looking for truth, but could only read one of these books, which one would it be? Without hesitation, he went to a shelf, pulled out a large book, slapped it on the table, and said, “This is either the Truth, or the biggest lie ever told!” And with that, he left.
I used to read the Urantia book every morning, with a cup of coffee, the morning sun spilling over my shoulder onto the pages, and smoking pot. (This was always after my son, escorted to the one-room schoolhouse down the road, was in school. There were only eight kids total in that school. They had one teacher, who taught all day, all grades, 1 thru 8, with the older kids helping the younger ones. When I got back to civilization, Mark was two grades ahead of his class.)
I read the Table of Contents, was totally enraptured, and wanted to skip around the book.  I wanted more though, to do it justice, so I decided to read it from front to back.  But by the time I got to the first page about who God was, I gave up trying to comprehend the beginning of the book. (In addition, it was not getting any easier, I looked.)  I was familiar with Jesus, though I didn’t know Him at the time. Aloud I said, “I know who Jesus is. I’ll read that chapter.”
 I started, from the beginning, to read “The Life and Teachings of Jesus.” One morning when I was reading, Jesus was about 15 1/2, and his father died. All of a sudden, his father and his dreams are gone. For some reason, my heart went out to him, and I cried for his loss.
Suddenly, a warm, safe, golden elixir of pure love poured like slow honey from right above my head. It covered me completely. It felt beautiful! I felt whole for the first time, even better than when I was a child. And filled with love. I will never forget it.
Well, that lit a fire, and I decided I needed to do better than what I was doing. I packed up soon as Heavy came back, handed him his book, and said I think it’s true! – And..And..I gotta go! Mark and I made our way down to the bus stop in Cascade Locks.
On a street corner, there was a hippie, black, with dreadlocks and beads.  He was hawking a large book he held in his hand, which I immediately recognized. At his feet was a 2-foot square cardboard box. He looked at me when I approached and handed me my first Urantia Book. It was brand new! I asked him if it was free, and he said, “Yes! I’m giving them away! “
I have had it ever since, and I bought a paperback sometime back so I could read and share it more easily.

I guess that is all I want to say right now, except that I’m happy to be here with all of you, and I look forward to meeting each of you.     Thank God!      Kathy
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Lemuel

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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2016, 11:12 »

Wow Kathy, what a story!  Welcome to the fold.  All of us here on the forum have had certain events take place that led us to this
website. I´m sure, by now, you realize there are no co-incidences. You are here because you are meant to be here and your input will
be valued and appreciated by all.
Lemuel
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2016, 12:07 »

Welcome Kathy!  Here you will feel at home , like you,we have been searching for the Father and Jesus. Your experience with the UB , and the Jesus part , when you felt His Presence, feels very real  as if it happened to me.
You can contribute to the Serara Forum and be part of this Loving and Faithful group. Learning and discovering Father's Will , so that we can serve Him and our brothers and sisters.   God bless Sister!    esther 
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2016, 13:10 »

Thank you all! I am just taking my baby steps here, into this more public arena. I have lots of catching up to do I see. I will be reading the intros and transcripts to orientate. Your help is truly appreciated, because I do not know what chores the mission has for me, but I am willing.
Kathy
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2016, 20:58 »

A warm welcome to you, Kathy. It is clear you have extra-ordinary qualities that will find their purpose here. The Teaching Mission starts here with perfectly placed prompts and spirit leadings, never beyond our capacity to understand, placed by those with superb insight, so we learn the skills necessary to stretch a bit further every day.  Loved reading your introduction and look forward to hearing more from you. Angela
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2016, 22:00 »

Greetings Kathy!   I really enjoyed hearing your story.  All of us have been led here by different paths.   You are most welcome here!  

At the top of the page you will see "Serara Forum."   Click on that and meet the rest of us.

Blessings,
Allie
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2016, 05:07 »

Hello Kathy! I'm Evan from Manila.  I welcome you with the warmest greetings too. Come over to the Serara Forum just as Allie said and meet some more of us.  I love your story and thanks so much for sharing it with us.  You said you've been reading the UB since 1981? Wow,  I've only had it for 3 years and have lots more to learn but it's quite a journey since then and such joy.  If there was no internet I don't think I'd ever have found the book at all as I know of no other one who has a copy in this part of the globe.  To make my story short, one day I was telling myself that there must be more out there than just the books I've read.  I'm Catholic too and read many books about saints and of course the bible. But you know when there's something egging you to do something else.  So I just typed 'word of God' in google and although the book didn't come up right away in my search I somehow discovered the internet version of it and was hooked.  That was all I had in the beginning.  Around 2 years ago I received 5 of these beautiful blue hard bound books from a generous person.  Such is God's love.  It comes from unexpected places! Blessings to you!
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