Season of Love

13 Dec

Today, when I woke up, the last lines of the “Apostles’ Creed” were still on my mind. I often pray the rosary to sleep, and of all the prayers, the “Apostles’ Creed” is the one that comforts me most. For me, it is a prayer of affirmation of all the things I believe in. By virtue of saying “I believe,” I profess my faith actively. And although “The Lord’s Prayer” is powerfully majestic and the  “Hail Mary” serene and graceful, I love the “Apostles’ Creed” because it represents a choice I willingly make each day. 

As we prepare for the last few days of Advent, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the commercialism and materialism of the season. What is Christmas without gift giving? What is the holidays without festivity? What is celebration without party cheer? Too often, we get caught up in the indulgences of the season and forget the real reasons we celebrate. I was reminded of this by this beautiful message that has certainly gone around the world many, many times. It is a timely reminder of why we rejoice in this Season of Christ’s birth. Truly, this is a season for gratitude and love.

I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, ‘ This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.

I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.

The angel then said to me, “This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them.” I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. “This is the Acknowledgment Section, my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed.” How is it that there is no work going on here? ‘ I asked.

“So sad,” the angel sighed. “After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments”

“How does one acknowledge God’s blessings?”I asked.

“Simple,” the angel answered. “Just say, Thank You, Lord.”

“What blessings should they acknowledge?” I asked.

 “If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world ‘ s wealthy. ”

“And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.”

“If you woke up this morning with more health than illness .. You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day. ”

“If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation .. You are ahead of 700 million people in the world..”

“If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world.”

“If your parents are still alive and still married …you are very rare.”

“If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you’re unique to all those in doubt and despair…….”

Ok, what now? How can I start? If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all. Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you care to, pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are

ATTN: Acknowledge Dept.

“Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people with whom to share it. ”

If you have read this far, and are thankful for all that you have been blessed with, please share this message.

I thank God for everything, especially all my family and friends. 

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4 Responses to “Season of Love”

  1. Just A Friend December 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    This is the first time I read this and it touched me. Thank you. You’re right about people thinking the holidays is simply another excuse to party, sing bad karaoke, and get drunk. We forget that to celebrate this season with a pure spirit, we must put God front and center.

  2. Nancy December 13, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

    It totally touched my heart & soul. Thank you. God bless us all.

  3. skin doctor December 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    Hello Kittymama,
    You are right on target. Let’s all pray for an attitude of gratitude to God who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all. I’m encouraged by your affirmation of faith in God.
    C

  4. Indiana Lori December 16, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    So right, so right. So needed that reminder today.

    I have a friend with one arm and one leg…oh the fun we have coming up with answers to the questions of “what happened?” Just read your post about A’s hands…

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