I hope you had a blessed and peaceful holiday. As I write this it is Christmas day. In all the holiday busy-ness, I forgot to write it earlier! At first I thought to myself, “Oh no! I have to work on Christmas!” but soon the perfection of the moment dawned upon me. Here I am filled to the brim with the love of the season. I enjoyed a beautiful time with people who are dear to me, ate until I thought I’d burst, laughed until my sides hurt, and shared beautiful conversation. I’ve written my cards, sent my presents, and stood today in a depth of silent Presence, giving my one lasting gift to the world – surrendering to the love that longs to flow through us all. It was such a beautiful feeling to feel the love of God pouring through my being to those I know… and those I don’t.

If I could wish upon the Christmas star, I’d wish for every soul on earth to know they are never alone, are deeply and dearly loved, and always cherished in the heavens. I have felt that love and it is unconditional – there for all of us. We don’t earn it, merit it, or even need to seek for it. It is already and always there, waiting for us to become the empty waiting manger, the willing heart open and ready to receive. It is always in our depths waiting to rise up and share itself with the world. It can never be taken from us. It is never withdrawn. It is never “offline.” It burns brightly inside of us, just waiting to be revealed.

A few years ago on New Year’s eve, I was “praying in” the New Year. I had been standing outside in the chilly night air wrapped in fleece blankets, in silence, communing with the earth and the stars, feeling the presence of life around me, when I realized it was almost midnight. I went inside, sat down, and prayers began to arise from deep within. I prayed for myself, my loved ones, and for the whole world. While lost in that state of ecstatic love, blasting Josh Groban’s rendition of the “Ave Maria,” on my computer. I popped into heaven… I literally left my body and found myself among family and friends who had long ago departed this earth. I felt the love of the heavens engulf me. This is a love so profound that it accepts everything in you, celebrates every little fragment of your mind, body, and soul, and dances in your heart with a desire to share. I was only there a few minutes in normal time, but it felt like eternity.

So this holiday I wish for all of you, the experience of this love, the love that is yours simply because you exist. Perhaps sometime during the holiday, you can turn on some beautiful music, breathe deeply and to open your heart to receive the gifts that heaven wishes to pour upon you. The angels really are there, and they really are just waiting to love you even more deeply and dearly, every time we open to receive.

I wish for you a happy and holy holiday, and a new Year of knowing you are never alone – that love lives and abides within you and is there for you in every moment, with every breath. Happy New Year! May 2016 be a year of illumination, love, peace, and joy.

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