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WHAT WE HOPE FOR

NOTE: I meant to post this on Christmas Eve, but a very good friend of mine had a stroke at the age of 40 the day before Christmas Eve. He’s only 40 years old. He remains in critical condition, but is showing signs of improvement. Please keep him, his partner and family in positive thought and prayer. Thanks!

Last week I stopped in a drug store and noticed that the Christmas stuff was already marked off 50%. I had no intention of buying yet another Christmas decoration; but I almost felt as if I was lead to look. In the midst of the plethora of decorations were some simple, painted wood block words. One of them said: “Believe.” I felt something as I picked it up, an energy, . . . and ended up buying it. It now sits front and center above my fireplace, and as I pray and meditate in the morning I look at it. As I walk through the living room a hundred times a day, I look at it. It becomes a mantra, a reminder – “Believe!” “Watch your thoughts.” “Your beliefs create reality.” I’ve just begun reading Wayne Dyer’s new book called Excuses Be Gone, in which he talks about scientific studies that have been done which prove that what we believe can literally create our reality, bring healing and affect our lives, positively or negatively – depending on what our beliefs are.. Scientific proof!

I can’t help but think that I was lead to buy that wood block word. I will keep it in my home year round, as a reminder.

Again, some, including myself might find a lot of the movies, songs and hype that surrounds us this time of year a bit sweet and syrupy. But it is good that collectively this time of year, many people are lead to positive thoughts and feelings – and frankly I’ve seen examples time and again where such thoughts create reality. I have seen and experienced kindness and self giving that is admirable. What a grace that we have this time of year that so many humans are thinking good thoughts and believing good things. What a great thing it would be if we carried such thoughts and beliefs through the rest of the year. Imagine the reality that collectively we could create in our world!

I love the song “Thankful,” made popular by Josh Groban. The song is written by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager and Richard Page. The text of the refrain and the music wonderfully express our desire to turn our attention to what is good and hopeful:

“So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for
What we still can’t see”

I hope that the little wood block word that I was lead to serves as a reminder throughout the year. Imagine the world we could bring into being if the good will that is felt this time of year was always in our thoughts!


You’ve Got The Power!

Acts 14: 5-18

I was flipping through the channels yesterday afternoon and came upon an airing of the Mass that the Pope was having at Yankee Stadium in New York City.  When the Mass was over and he was walking out, people kept reaching out, some shoving their way to the front, to touch him.  This struck me.  Fifty some thousand people screaming and cheering and reaching out to touch this man as if he were a god.

Why is it that we have a tendency to look outside of us for what is Divine?

Look at this reading from Acts.  Notice that is was not Paul who healed the man from Lystra.  Paul simply noticed that the man himself had faith, the man himself had come to believe and now was the time to stand up and walk!  When he does, the crowd goes wild and they begin to look at Paul and Barnabas as if they are gods.  Paul and Barnabas then desperately try to convince them that they are simply human!  What happened to the man could happen to anyone, . . . if they just believed!

The Power is within us.  Each of us is a spark of the Divine, a word spoken in time and we do not walk alone!  There is a Power within us that can lift us from that which may paralyze us.

What is holding you from living fully?  What part of your life is paralyzed?  Do you believe that there is a Power in you which can free you to stand up and walk?  There is a Power within us which is able to remove that which holds us from living life to the full.  We need not look any further.  We only need to surrender to that Power and believe that we can be freed.  Imagine it!  See yourself as you want yourself to be!  See our world as you want it to be, . . . and believe that it can be!