Excerpts from: A Charmed Journey: An Inspired Guide to Personal Transformation“
I didn’t grow up as a bible thumper, but I did grow up Catholic, going to church school on Wednesday’s and mass on Sundays. My mother would come into my room, bright and early Sunday mornings, get me out of bed and help me get ready. I would moan and groan about having to go, sometimes threatening to wear my pajamas; but my mom didn’t care. Her response was: “God doesn’t care what you look like, just as long as you show up.”———————————————————— The Message: As I was sitting behind a couple of women at church, I was admiring the holiday decor and noticed the beautiful angel glorifying the top of the Christmas tree. Feeling a bit taken back by the essence of merriment that filled the air, a slew of emotions began to satiate my mind as I thought, “I wish my mom were here. She would really love it.” Within seconds, the woman in front of me stood up and began taking off her coat. She leaned towards her friend and says, “Sometimes it’s more important to just BE HERE. I thought about wearing my pajamas this morning.” (chuckle chuckle) Overhearing this comment made me laugh because it reminded me of what I used to say to my mother when I was 8 years old-- especially when I was busy hiding under the warm covers and adamant about defying her instructions. . This particular conversation between two people whom I didn't know, not only put a gigantic smile on my face, but also served as spiritual messengers in reminding me that love never dies---it only transforms. And although our loved ones (two-legged and/or four) are no longer at our side, their spirit is eternal--and often enhanced with a sense of humor.
So as you move throughout your daily life..... Remember..... The holiday season has the tendency to stir up emotions such as grief, loneliness, and sadness stemming from a devastating loss. Be with it. Cry. Be upset. Allow yourself to experience the emotion that desires to be expressed. This is the path to healing. Situations present "itself" so you can heal yourself--and to give YOU the gift and opportunity to choose Grace. When using your "eyes to see and ears to hear," the sacred signs of hope are omnipresent and represented in an array of forms: physical and non-physical, human and non-human. And if you shall wonder if your life is being held in the arms of Unconditional Love; stop what you’re doing, close your eyes and breathe deeply. For it is within the silence of the mind that eternal wisdom and guidance will reveal itself to you, and your path becomes clear as the warmth of Goodness fills your heart with JOY. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, ~Angela