April 1997

So here we are in the middle of a spring of a glorious year. And what have we done? What have I done? Have I responded to the call of my creator? Have I done what I have been asked to do? Have I accepted the gift of life?

I know that I have not. As usual, I've been wrapped up in myself and my problems.

We always have a chance to begin anew. To recoginize that we are not alone in this world and that we have the responsiblity to love and accept others as God does. To cherish others the way they should be cherished. To love unconditionally even though we may not have been loved unconditionally. To forgive as we are forgiven. To live.

Life is a gift that we should appreciate to it's fullest.

I have recently been given the opportunity to start a new life. A life without depression, without fear, without the past haunting me and controlling me. Isn't that a gift? Isn't that what we have been promised? Isn't that the whole idea? Isn't that the promise fulfilled?

We are freely given love and care by our creator. Do we return it in like manner to our brothers and sisters? Do we?
Sometimes it takes a major life event to wake us up. Such as a near-death experience or a major emotional trauma. Something that shakes us up so much that it loosens the grip of our complacency and makes us step outside of ourselves. Our daily living routing can deaden us to the beauty of creation and life around us. And it is beautiful!

I know the horror of war, of hatred, of bigotry, of intolerance, fear and terror. I know they exist. But they must not rule our lives. It is only in accepting that these things exist and are part of our daily live's that we can begin to change them. Think back to the first time you stood up for someone. To the first time you stood up for your principles. You were not running, you were defending and fighting for what you thought was right. This is what we must do on a daily basis. We must do what is right.

The pitfall here is that we can fall prey to following our own God's. The God of self-rightousness, pride, religiosity, intolerance based on religion, money or ideas. To paraphrase St. Francis "make nothing your God". Meaning neither money, ideas, pride, poverty or anything else that is not of God.

This is a tall order. And to come full circle, we should not make ourselves God's in that we are uncaring for the others in our world. That we are the only things that matter on this planet.

I wish you peace.

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