Gifts from God

.A Gift from God

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October 3 2012

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Sometimes the gifts we get from God have unexpected wrappers,

Almost as if God has a sense of Humor.

Two days ago I fell and smashed my face and ankle.

I’m being watched (baby sat) for a concussion.

My face and ankle HURT!

It’s hard to hobble down the hallway to the bathroom

Using unaccustomed crutches – every step a stab of pain..

People see my purple blue and greenish swollen face,  and gasp.

They don’t see how God  — maybe laughing  gleefully — has turned things upside down —

How through the heart and hands and voice of  friends who come to help

I’m showered with a love so pure it takes my breath away –

Like being suddenly within the wondrous wash of color in a rainbow.

This love transforms me with the surging,  unifying power of all that is –

Knowing through me that the body’s wounds , though painful feeling —

Scaring people looking on– are just the  gift wrap.  Inside I am united with the gift – the love.

That’s all that matters.  And my heart is smiling —  grateful.

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Reflection

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As a volunteer caregiver, I’ve never understood the power of the love that I’ve expressed.  I’ve always thought I was just being me, doing my little bit, maybe feeling a little tired, a little irritated that the person who needed my assistance put some pressure on my conscience.  On the other side of the situation, when I’ve needed people’s help, I’ve felt like I was burdening the other person who was helping.  Those two perceptions, of course,  mirror each other in concrete time and space.  This time, as the person needing help, I’m beginning to see that what really happens in that relationship of helper and helped is God communicating with God, present in the people carrying out and receiving the act of helping.  The real action that blows me away takes place in God-space, not at all in our earth-bound physical reality – That earth- knowing is just the gift wrap for moments of unimaginable bliss and beauty.

About Rev. Rosemary Hyde, Ph.D.

I am a grandmother, a classical homeopath, a mystical poet, and an interfaith minister. I also have a large, enduring place in my heart for Paris. I first spent time in Paris in 1961, as a Fulbright scholar. I remained in France for three years, living also in Toulouse and in Nancy. I have revisited France and Paris multiple times since then, and have come to know central Paris reasonably well. I grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where there were many Franco-Americans, and their language fascinated me. I was fortunate in 6th grade, when my family moved, to find myself in a Catholic French speaking girls' school, where I had the wonderful fortune of becoming bilingual. It still feeds my soul deeply, to visit Paris, speak French, and reconnect with the little French girl in me. I am serving presently as co-minister at Unity Center of Peace in Chapel Hill, NC. I give talks one or two Sundays a month -- please go to the website, www.unitychapelhill.org, and sign up for the weekly e-news to learn what's going on -- special events, seasonal interfaith ceremonies, and Sunday themes and talks. My vision for the Unity Chapel Hill ministry and for myself is to become a loving, uniting presence in the lives of all those who cross paths with us. That's all there is, really -- loving presence. And so it is. Amen. My goal as a minister is to add richness to life for those who resonate to more than one religious tradition or to none -- those with mixed religions as well as the unchurched, untempled, and unmosqued. All of us, whatever our cultural allegiances, hunger for and need support in finding the transcendent joy that's ours to find in this earthly life. All of us need and want to celebrate beautifully the great and small milemarker moments. All of us crave the beauty of prayer as an expression of our participation in universal love. All of us wish to learn a greater vision, to see our lives opening to the Divine. All of us desire deeply to find serenity and peace that lasts no matter what happens today and tomorrow. This is the meaning of Transcendessence. We find the essence of spirit and transcend the narrow constraints of our bodies and egos. Join us today by subscribing, so you won't miss a single poem, message, prayer, or meditation.
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