The deer's spirit can now move
on to the next world.
He understands that through
his death, others will live
In order to live we must have energy. Energy within our body. Food is the first way of gaining that energy. To totally
absorb the energy in food, it must be appreciated. The reason for prayer before a meal is, 1). being thankful that we
have food to eat and 2). to make eating a holy experience. Food should be eaten slowly and throughly chewed. That
way our body can absorb all the energy the food has to offer.
Indians believed they became part of the food the ate. Ever heard the old saying, 'You are what you eat?' They
believed when they ate meat, they acquired the characteristics of that animal. Indians only killed animals for food
and when they did they immediately gave thanks to that animal and its spirit for providing them with food. They
believed the spirit of the animal watched them as they did this.
In this way the animal had died for a reason. It gave it's life so another life would be extended.
In the illustration at right, the hunter is happy and proud of the buck he has taken. His family will enjoy the lean
meat tonight and for several days to come. Every part of the animal will be used for something. But now before he
touches or moves the deer in any way, the hunter places his hand over the deer's heart and gives thanks to The
Great Creator for providing the deer and to the deer's spirit for sacrificing its life.
The  True  Worth  Of  A  Person  Is  Measured  By  What  They  Do For  Other  People
Expecting  Nothing  In  Return
The Meaning of Our Symbol
This is our church symbol. It is a symbol of the sun found in Native American culture
except without the flame.
The circle represents our circle of life.  At some point on the east side of the circle we are
born, we grow, we have children, we live our life and then we die. Each generation does
the same thing. It is a circle of life. Our ancestors did this, our children and  their children
will also. The circle continues and never stops.
The rays that extend from the circle are just that, the rays of the sun. Without the sun, there is no life on earth. The sun gives life to the
earth. The rays also represent the four direction, as well as the four seasons, and the four corners of the earth. The sun symbol is also found
on the Arizona state flag and the Arizona quarter. The flame (fire), of course shows up many times in Biblical reference. When God first
spoke to Moses, it was through a burning bush. Fire cleanses. In the Old Testament God accepted burnt offerings. We light prayer candles to
The Great Spirit which too is represented in the flame.
The golden color represents that in Heaven, the streets will be paved with gold. It also symbolises the color of harvest, a golden harvest, we
as believers in Christ will be harvested from this earth someday. The white represents purity and the blue represents the color of the sky, the
location of Heaven where God sits on His throne, and after His resurrection Christ ascended into the sky and from the sky Christ will return
someday.
The Great Spirit Sends People, & Sometimes Angels Into Your Life
For A Reason... A Season... Or A Lifetime !
People come into your life for a REASON, a SEASON, or for a LIFETIME. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for
that person.
When someone is in your life for a reason it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a
difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support. To aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend...
AND THEY ARE! They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient
time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die... Sometimes they walk away... Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our
need has been met, our desire fulfilled. Their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.
Sometimes people come into your life for a SEASON. Because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They bring you an experience
of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it! It IS real! .......... But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons. Things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is
to accept the lesson. Love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.

It is said that love is blind.    But friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life.  Whether you were a reason, a season, or a lifetime.........

                                                                          Unknown Author
Memories Of Long Ago
Many times if we are upset about some problem in todays life, if we think back too and relive a
good memory, it will put us in a happy, uplifting and positive state of mind. Memories we have
from our childhood are sometimes our fondest. I, being raised in rural East Alabama, have many
wonderful memories of my 'younger days'. As I look back now some 50 plus years later, we lived a
simple and country way of life certainly by todays standards. But at the time this  was our way of
life. It was a great time to be alive in those days. Things were simple and it seems now, those
memories were of a better place and time than the world we live in today. Our way of life was not
fancy to us, but looking back they were EXCITING,, FANTASTIC, and were filled with love to and
from each family member. The following is a story from my childhood. I hope you will enjoy it and
if you have a story you'd like to share, send it to me, I'd very much like reading it.
A Cowboy Will Help Anyone In Need... A Stranger & Even An Enemy
May The Great Spirit Always Walk Close To You In Your Circle Of Life !
No Matter Who We Are, We May Make An Impression On Someone.........
For That Reason, Make All Your Impressions Good Ones.
We Have A Great Video On 'Making Home Made Wine' On Our 'Items For Sale Page'.  
Easy Step By Step Instructions Of The Complete Process From Choosing Your Favorite Fruit
To Bottling and Most Importantly.....Tasting!
Hosted By One Of Alabama's Most Beautiful Southern Belles!
The Church Of
The Sacred Flame
Do That What Is Right
~Our Motto~
Welcome to the web page of
The Church of The Sacred Flame.

The Church of The Sacred Flame combines
Christian, Native American, and Nature religions. Our
name, 'The Sacred Flame' comes first from the
burning bush that God spoke to Moses through. In
the Old Testament God accepted burnt offerings.
Fire cleanses and with the use of fire the world has
certainly changed. Over time we will convey our
thoughts and hope you will enjoy reading our
articles.
May The Lord Always Walk
Close To You In Your Circle
Of Life.
In the late 1960s summer was here,maybe not by the calendar yet, but it was hot. We had horses that had to eat so we planted many acres
of corn. I remember walking behind our mule many cool dew covered mornings guiding the plow stock to keep it off the young plants.
Rocks gave me trouble, for when the plow point hit a rock, the whole plow stock would jump, usually straight to a corn stalk.  I have had
people tell me  that I never plowed a mule. That I am not that old. But i indeed have and I have a friend a year or so younger than I am, that
has plowed mules as well!.The soil rolled from the scraps  that cleared the furrows of new grass growth. In those days I did not care for this
hard work, but now I am glad i learned how to raise crops and all the knowledge that went with it. I would so much like to relive those times
now. I wouldn't even mind smelling the old sweaty mule when he was all drenched in lather &  sweat in late afternoon. I remember rubbing
him down before  dark just outside our barn. He had to be cooled down before  he was 'put up ' for the night. I still have a good amount of
those tools we used back then and now days I enjoy roaming through antique shops saying to myself, 'we had one of those', 'I know what
this thing is used for, probably no one else in here does.'
Things like hames, heel bolts, mole boards, muzzels, single trees, trace chains,back bands, locker heads, tongs, collars & shoe laths...the
list could go on and on. Sometimes I even see dishes like we used to eat from, there was, back then, a set of dishes that came one piece at
a time in  laundry detergent. Called 'Wheat Design' I remember my mother buying the detergent and when we got home I had to open the
box and dig inside for the new and next piece...sometimes a plate, sometimes a saucer, creamer and sugar bowl was a rare find. I still have
a few pieces that have managed to stay useable & unbroken. These things have come and gone in their place in time, but still hold
wonderful and I guess simple memories for me. There was one summer I remember that if we didn't have enough work to do, my father and
I restored an old buggy we purchased near Mt. Cheaha. It had been stored in a barn many years. That turned out to be lots of extra work,
but we manage to it all. We sold it when we finished it. Now I wish we'd kept it. We painted it back original color, black with red wheels. It
was sharp looking and I remember riding in it one Sunday afternoon from our house to the local college and back home.  This was during
my ' adopt every unwanted dog' stage in life. At one time I had about 20 dogs, all shapes, breeds and sizes. Needless to say all the dogs
made the journey to the college with us. O' if I'd only had a video recorder in those days! If you are near my age, take a stroll though an
Antique shop, relive some of your memories, you never know what might be lying in there.
This is a Turning Plow
Used in sping to break the
land , loosen the soil for
planting.
THis buggy is very similar to
the one we retored
Wash Pot, used for many
things on the farm. A fire was
lit under it and clothes were
washed , boiled, to sanitise.
Was also used for cooking
stews and the such
Churn, used to make butter.
Was also used to make wine
and 'Home Brew'
The Curch of The Sacred Flame
Why We Give Thanks
Hawks & Eagles....
The Messengers Of God
Native Americans have always believed that Hawks and Eagles were messengers of God. That
because they flew high in the sky, close to God, that they carried our prayers to Him. And they
returned to earth with His answer or message for us.
In The Old Testament, the Prophet Isaiah, in Chapter 40: verse 31, referred to Eagles as well. He wrote, 'But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their
strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles: they shall run, and not be weary,and they shall walk, and not faint
.
Eagles bring to mind, strength, endurance, honesty, gracefulness, and beauty. They have long been a symbol of freedom. Indians associated them closely with,  
Spirit, Healing, & Creation.  The Indians wore the feathers of the Eagle because of their reverence of the bird. A feather meant passing a test of some kind.
We here at The Church of The Sacred Flame, believe very much that God does sometimes send us messages through Totem Animals. After all, He created
them and can use them any way He so desires.
With that in mind, we would like to offer you this necklace with the Majestic Eagle on it. When you wear it, The Eagle will be over your heart, where your
prayers originate, (in your heart). The spirit of the Eagle will carry your prayer to The Great Creator. And as you may know, or will soon find out, pay close
attention to what you pray for. The Great Spirit often answers in mysterious ways, as the old saying goes!
They that wait upon the Lord, ...they that give Him time to answer your prayer... for God moves and works at His pace, His speed....and He knows the right
time to answer your prayer and how it should be answered....... And just like the Eagle,  those who wait and trust in The Lord, shall then mount up with wings
as Eagles.... they will go forward with strength, power, energy,  guidance and understanding.
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In Memory
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Gregory Kirk
1953 - 2016
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In Memory
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Tim Cox
1955-2016
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In Memory
Of
Sara Pearson
I first met Tim in High School. He was a life long friend. I was surprised and saddened at his death. I express my deepest sympathy to his family
Mrs. Pearson was a nice woman who was a large part of our little town, Wadley, Alabama Once you met her, when you
thought of Wadley, she came to mind. Her oldest son and I were good friend through school and worked together at
the local Shirt factory in the 1970s. Every time I went to her house to visit her son, she always made me feel welcome.
She was a very kind person. A person I am glad I knew in this life. To her family...I was very sorry to learn of your
mother's passing

Mrs. Pearson was 89.
 I was shocked to learn of he untimely death of an old friend. Gregory and his brothers grew up in the same area  
in town where I did. We lived about a block apart in our childhood. Gregory always had a smile and was joking
about something. He drove a truck most of his life and when I was in the sign business, I lettered many trucks
over the years for him. He leaves a wife and three daughter, and several grand children. He will for a long time be
remembered and missed by his family and many friends in our community

Gregory was 63.