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For Jeffrey

I met Jeffrey for a short time recently when we attended Graham’s 50th birthday celebration.

I found him to be a very gentle soul but I could detect the trouble that lay within, as it does with the majority of us in one form or another.  Sometimes when we’re not being authentic to the soul God created, we can get lost to the darker thoughts that we catch when we least expect them.

I urge you to hold onto the belief that Jeffrey isn’t lost to you or us.

He still exists in another form and dimension that we can’t quite understand or appreciate.

We get trapped in the teachings from this planet which can lead to what we’re facing in Jeffrey’s current situation.

It is my firm belief that Jeffrey will be allowed to rest and convalesce for a time before he will need to face his demons once again and continue to attempt to reach higher limits of appreciation and acceptance of self and others.

We can help him with the earnest and loving belief that everyone can, and will, heal the damage we’ve denied with our desires to do so for ourselves – the cord that connects us cannot be broken. It’s just a matter of how long we defend all of our hurt and make it a part of us instead of embracing it’s ability to indicate our ‘sins’ – meaning simply “missing the mark”, in this context “missing the mark of love” (God’s love,  not human love) and choose to acknowledge and release.

It’s a powerful gift we can give to, not only our nearest and dearest, and ourselves, but in fact, the entire universe.

I am comforted in my knowledge that when we let God in and walk the narrow path he has created for us all things can rapidly progress to a state beyond Nirvana – something most think of as the ultimate location.

This is a poem that I created with the friends that surround me and assist me to weather the storms in my own life.  I’d like to share it in the hope that all can find solace in the words and in the hope that the woes that caused Jeffrey to such desperation will never again darken the doors of those we love or anyone that exists today on this earth.

LET GOD IN

In the darkest of our hours
In the ever changing light
Let God’s Love embrace you
Let His guidance be your sight

Among all the struggling souls
On this world and the next
Let God’s Grace restore you
From all things hexed

There is within our being
A light that shines forlorn
Waiting for the wisdom within us
To be nurtured and reborn

In every ounce of trouble
There’s a clue to who we are
Leading onto greatness
That’s so near and yet so far

I invite the ever present
I invite the yet unclear
I invite the many masters
To stay close and to be near

Let’s kick this evolution
That we all can feel is naught
Not conducive to the outcome
For which we have been taught

It’s just a fleeting moment
It’s coming to that place
Where we can all delight
In all things that we face

Face off bad emotions
Kick them firmly out the door
Don’t let them keep us bounded
To things we want no more

Let us prepare the welcome;
Realise our sin;
Put a smile upon our dial;
And Let God In!

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Getting into prayer

Just wanted to share a collage I put together with information from a talk by Pastor Rick Warren from Saddleback Ministries (Link to 40 days of prayer) that I thought was helpful.  Sometimes we get to the end of the day and we realise we haven’t spent a moment in prayer. Doh!  This simple link is making the association with things we know well – The Lord’s Prayer and relevant times of day. Also the cute memes might help to jog your memory too 🙂

Our father who is in heaven…..
1. Get up with gratitude – thanksgiving

Hallowed be your name
2. Bless god’s name at breakfast – praise

May your kingdom come, thy will be done
3. Take a prayer break during the morning about what matters most – dedication. I align myself with God’s plan for life and myself

Give us this day my daily bread
4. Lunch – list my needs – petition. Anything. Ask for what others need too – intersession.

And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us
5. Mid-afternoon – ask for forgiveness (taking out the garbage). Admit your sins and forgive others.

And lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil
6. End of day. Ask god to help you make wise decisions.

For yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever and ever.
7. Bedtime – I end my day with an encouraging truth – Benediction.

Amen.

Good night Lord, I’ll see you in the morning.

 

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