I would like to wish everyone here the peace of Christ this Christmas season and always. I know for many this is a challenging time of year and I want to send you all a Big Canadian hug. When I reflect on the term Peace of Christ it truly can be such a powerful force in our life especially when wrestling with grief. I have watched my life go from utter desair and sadness to a place where I now ask myself what adventure does God have for me next. I have watched Gods hand unfold over my life in many ways in the last year and I will share a few personal stories with you:
-A few months back I was on a trip across the country. It was a amazing expereince on so many levels and I could feel God with me. On this trip many what appeared to be random thoughts crossed through my head. I beleive it was God whispering to me. I have a neice who was really suffering emotionally and on this trip I decided we must have a special family birthday for her this year. Despite opposition from many people the birthday did happen. The result of the birthday was amazing. The message reached her how much she was loved by her family and how special she was. A message she desperately needed to hear. On this same trip another thought came through my head. I must arrange a family reunion between my brothers and sisters on my birthday because of family division this hadnt occurred in years. I did the inviting and held my breathe when the day arrived. I hate conflict and expected that at the party. It was a magic evening of reminiscing of a life shared. On this same trip I attended mass at a church that was 150 years old and I started to weep in the middle of the mass because I could feel my wife's presence so clearly. When I left for this trip it was for a vacation and nothing more. Now I am preparing to move across the country in about 2years. Something I never wold have considered before.
God has a way of whispering to all of us. I have found it doesnt matter what you do if you try with all your heart to listen to God the peace of Christ is the gift you will receive. This trip is a small example of the many powerful ways God had guided my life this year. Hoping and praying that God guides each and everyone of you to the Peace of Christ. God Bless. Gerry
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