|Sent on:||Sunday, December 25, 2011 12:16 PM|
I'm sure John joins me in sending blessings of the day and the season to you all!
I understand that we all have different beliefs, some were not born into Christian homes and some may have at one time practiced Christianity and then became disillusioned with the Church and found their own spiritual beliefs.
I was one of those born into a different religion, and yet I had a lifetime as a Christian Monk, and (according to John's channeling) both John and I (and a few others in our group) had personal experiences with Lord Sananda when he walked this Earth as Jesus/Yeshua.
I cannot say I feel that (yet) in the depth of my being, but it puts this Jewish boy from NYC in an interesting position on Christmas Day. I believe that no matter what religious beliefs (if any) we may have, all of us can support many of the messages from Jesus/Yeshua. Messages of peace, love, forgiveness, grace, healing, and finding rewards in friends, loved ones and nature--rather than in material possessions.
Thus, this period in America and around the world of lavish spending and gift giving must be interesting to Sananda. I'm sure he chuckles! What a distortion of the true meaning of his life!
And yet, I know there are many holiday gifts that are thoughtfully selected and given with love. They may not be the most expensive gifts, but they are surely the ones most appreciated. In that regard, I'd like to share a story with you.
There is a local attorney by the name of Greg Hague who writes a full page column for the Town of Paradise Valley Independent. And, since I live on the edge of PV I receive this newspaper every week. In fact, his column is a full page color ad, but (wisely) he uses the space to present useful information and some personal insights--rather than pushing his legal services. At the end of every column he has his photo and his personal email address ([address removed]). Last year I wrote to him about his "Secret Santa" story, as I thought it truly captured the meaning of Christmas. To my surprise, he responded with the grace and warmth that I know he possesses.
This year, his column is entitled "The Perfect Gift." Although he copyrights his words, I'm sure Greg would have no objection to me passing along his opening few paragraphs to his contribution this week:
I once read a story about a young woman who spent a year teaching in a remote African village. She grew to love the children in her school and their families who, despite their many differences, had so warmly welcomed her to their village.
At the end of the school year, the mothers of the children planned a goodbye celebration for their much loved teacher. On the last day of school, there was merriment and excitement. Many of the children had made goodbye gifts for their teacher. One by one, they presented their treasures. One young boy, his face beaming with pride, held out both hands and revealed his offering, a solitary perfect seashell.
The village was many miles from the ocean. The young teacher exclaimed in surprise, "A seashell! How wonderful. Where on Earth did you find a seashell?" The boy explained that that type of shell was only found in a bay far from his village. With great solemnity he explained, "Long walk part of gift."
May the gifts you give and receive this holiday season be heartfelt tokens of love and caring! (Yeah, I think Sananda would like that!)
Blessings and Love to all you magnificent beings who chose to incarnate at this place and time!
PS--I set this email to reply only to me. If you wish to send a message to the group in general, please feel free to reply to John's recent message to the group.