Sunday, December 23, 2012

Does Life Bring Joy?

Do you listen for the Good News? 
Do you look for the Love in All that Is?
Do you enjoy the gift of giving?
Do you allow yourself the delight of a child?

Do you ever imagine that your whole life is a gift?
Have you received the riches of each holy encounter?
Do you look at the stars and wonder which one is yours?
Do you let yourself laugh big and let tears of joy come to you?

Do you fill up with gratitude when you see someone being loved?
Do you freely share the Love in your heart?
Do you tell those near you how very much you care?
Do you allow yourself to share the sweetness and miracles in your life?

What will it take for us to live for Goodness Sake?
Could it be we are missing the REAL Present here?
What if it was left out in the cold or under the tree?
When we feel the amazing joy of innocence love, we know the Truth.

Life is a gift that just keeps on giving as long as we love it.
When we appreciate each moment, that we have, we continue to have more.
When we love each one in our lives, we trust there will always be loved ones there.
When we value the opportunity to share the Good we have, we always have Good to give.

Life and Love and Light are the gifts we have to share.
When we share what we have, we have abundantly.
When we enjoy each healing and holy moment, we feel whole and happy.
When we are awakened by the light within us, we feel gratitude and joy.

What will it take to know?
We need no presents. We need only to be present.
We need no parties.  We need only to be happy.
We need spend no money.  We need only extend our kindness and joy.

When we are willing to laugh as a child, we are set free with glee.
When we are willing to rise with the sun, we are at One with the Light.
When we are willing to share what we have, we are rich with gifts for all.
When we are willing to love each new day, we are teach all to pray only “Thank You.”

We are the ones who give what is real.
We are the ones who share what we feel.
We are the ones who shine like the sun.
We are the ones who truly love everyone.

What a joy, simply to be, Betty Lue

Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. 
"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. 
"Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.' 
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?


VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. 

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

“Your contributions bless Reunion Ministries in many ways. 
They support daily writing of Loving Reminders and  contribute to our spiritual connection with those  calling for acknowledgment, healing, forgiveness, affirmation and personal Loving Reminders.  
You are the wings on our feet, the song in our hearts and the breath of Spirit in the work we do for Love.  

Know always that we are in this together.  
Alone we can do nothing.  
Together In Love, there is nothing we cannot do.  
I bless your willingness to join us in this joyful service.”  
Loving you,  Betty Lue