Why doubt your wondrousness….

shine your light

Last night, December 22nd 2014, we went to a beautiful Christmas Carol service in Abington Church, Murroe (County Limerick). Mum, Dad, myself and my love all bundled into the car after a long day; it was one of those evenings when it would have been easier to stay at home.

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Abington church

The service was an ecumenical service and the little picturesque church at Abington was packed to the rafters with locals from all denominations including representatives of the Catholic church, the Protestant church, and Abbot Mark Patrick Hederman and Father Anthony from Glenstal Abbey.

There were readings, prayers, a collection for the St Vincent de Paul Society and carols. There were lots of carols and LOTS OF SINGING. The roof was almost sang off with hearty lung-filled performances and the organist Koki was close to heart failure more than once as she attempted to contain the competitive fractions vying for hymn speed. I had the biggest smile on my face; I wonder was God laughing too. There was Christmas spirit in the air in abundance and it was beautiful.  Just the singing alone was enough to shift the weight of worries from every shoulder.

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We all headed back to “the big house” as tradition would have it for too much mulled wine, far too many biscuits (cakes, pies, and tarts) and colourful chat and entertaining stories. There was enough Christmas love for it to not matter that one car never survived the parking in the mucky field.

I thoroughly enjoyed hearing all about India from Father Anthony; he seemed more Indiana Jones than Monk if you ask me and confessed to wanting to be Hindu. He had me sold on India; one more mark on my world map of travel destinations.

There was no religious separation tonight;
just people and stories and
The rekindling of old and forging of new connections.
Just how it should be!

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No matter how deep your pain…. nurture yourself

selfLoveFortune3The farther I journey this life and the more people who touch me with their lives, the more I see that many amazing loving people in this generation are holding the pains of not only their childhood and youth, but the pains of generations. And they are  bravely stepping into their journey of healing not only for themselves and their families; but for the future. The future of generations and the future of our planet. The future for everyone.

It hits me deeply through my heart to see so many astonishing people of pure heart in our midst that are sitting on the cusp of healing for all that came before. And so many are unaware because the pain that comes with this healing can feel all engulfing.

Hang on….. a roller coaster can be fearful…. or filled with laughter.

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