The most breath taking creations
often are inspired by
love and tragedy.
Read about this beautiful
act of love
every Monday morning
and now shared over the world.
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go the website and receive an electronic version every week,
of the heart created for Madelene.
(The book is called Monday Hearts for Madalene by Page Hodel)
One year ago today I walked a message in the snow to my mother who had stepped into heaven only a few short hours earlier. I felt bitterly cold to the core, silent, lonely, and empty…
Exactly one year later, in the exact spot, a new warmth emerged…
My parents are together!
They are happy.
They are watching over me and my family.
Even when I peeked out the window at midnight
and could still see them waving, watching, and smiling,
I couldn’t help but hold on to–that hope!
It made me smile.
It made me feel connected to them.
I guess angels DO come in all shapes and sizes.
I miss them.
But that is because they taught me about LOVE.
I hate those yukky sick days.
We’ve had some lately!
they are awful,
and sooooooooooo inconvenient
I love what happens inspite of
Life changes in one second!
You cut straight through the
(pardon my naughty word)
Priorities which felt sooo
with such passion,
some just float away!
to the very core
Our modern-ness has evolved with huge human flaws.
We do not NEED each other!
To need someone in the twenty first century
is viewed as a giant sign of weakness.
you vomit and get the runs down south.
Until you spike a fever
or pull out your back…
and still want
and your own pillow,
and a bowl of hot soup.
We humans DO need each other.
the orange vomit bowl,
and a virus
to remind me
about such holy
and precious things
surround me every day.
Sitting on the couch,
Family Feud or
Thomas the Tank Engine,
nothing else mattering,
what is right there–
Spending time doing nothing but
helping each other
That is why I love yukky sick days!
After about a week I don’t remember my New Year’s Resolutions.
I am going out on a limb and say I believe I share this with most humans!
I have come up with a new thought. I have been working on a masters degree using the snail approach. I still have one more year! I can’t explain it, being over a century in age but there is something that awakens my soul every September and every January which stirs me into anticipation that something new is about to begin!
This is why New Year’s Resolutions are supposed to work at this time, right? The new year! New changes, new adventures, new beginnings…
So I am taking the whole New Year’s thing in the approach of January 1 as being the BIG REGISTRATION TIME in the University of LIFE courses that all of us must complete just by simply being alive. (The snail approach in life’s great big education)
We all “get”to bear those “General Ed” courses which keep popping up and often take a life time to complete.
Then depending on what the Master professor–God, feels we need to specialize in we are offered, sometimes even surprised, with courses which stretch us, change us, and sometimes even feel they are offered to create great pains or even kill us.
But when you think of life this way it makes you think about other people a little differently. “Oh, yikes, they have to begin that course this year on cancer, or dealing with losses, or inferiority about medical treatment appearance. I hate all the painful courses offered in Life’s University even though they are necessary for us to graduate!
BUT, don’t forget, Life’s University also offers the infamous free-choice classes which we all gravitate to in school because, hopefully, we can get a good grade in them along with possibly turning out to be fun! You know the ones–
That badminton course or Foods 101 which when scheduled in allows us to look forward to that “fun” hour during our week when we can let down a little and relax and not have to take “school” so seriously for a few minutes.
This is what all this chatter is about for my New Year’s Resolution. I am going to register for an elective course this January. I haven’t spent time yet looking through the University of Life’s course catalog, but when I do, I will let you know what I got.
So, think of January as a new semester beginning. The GE’s and God’s personalized courses will always be required to pass.
But what electives are you going to take this year?
I love this Christmas painting.
I can smell, here, and feel the scene.
It is closest to my Christmas vision.
I love Mary propped up after birth, absolutely spent, relieved it is over.
I love Joseph’s emotion.
I love to think there were women there to help.
I love the touch between Mary and Joseph.
I love Mary’s bare feet.
I love baby Jesus’ nuzzling and content.
I love the angels…
every single one!
I hope I was there in the crowd.
Merry Christmas to all.
Jesus Christ is our gift!