Soulful Voices

{December 5, 2006}   A Story on Love and Marriage

An elderly man lay dying in his bed. In death’s agony, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookies wafting up the stairs. He gathered his remaining strength and lifted himself from the bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort forced himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands.
With labored breath, he leaned against the door frame, gazing into the kitchen. Were it not for death’s agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven. There, spread out upon newspapers on the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies. Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?
Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself toward the
table, landing on his knees in a rumpled posture. His parched lips parted; the wondrous taste of the cookie was already in his mouth; seemingly bringing him back to life. The aged and withered hand, shaking, made its way to a cookie at the edge of the table, when it was suddenly smacked with a spatula by his wife.
“Stay out of those,” she said, “they’re for the funeral.”

It’s so funny because even when we think life is so serious, it’s
really just a joke!  and the joke is on us!

That’s because we’ve already been handed the answer to all life’s problems but we keep fumbling around in the dark, creating all kinds of havoc until we just accept the one sure answer that’s been waiting in the back of our mind all along. Just waiting for our acceptance.

We’ll say it again!  FORGIVE AND BE FORGIVEN. As you give you shall

Let me share the most helpful means of forgiving that I know:

Begin by thinking of someone you do not like, who seems to irritate you, or to cause regret in you if you should meet him;  one you actively despise, or merely try to overlook.  It doesn’t matter what the form your ange takes.  You probably have chosen him already.  He will do.

Now close your eyes and see him in your mind, and look at him a while. Try to perceive some light in him somewhere; a little spark of brightness shining through the ugly picture that you hold of him.  Look at this picture till you see a light somewhere within it, and then try to let this light extend until it covers him, and makes the picture beautiful and good.

Look at this changed perception for a while, and turn your mind to one you call a friend.  Try to transfer the light you learned to see around your former “enemy” to him.  Perceive him now as more than friend to you, for in that light his holiness shows you your savior, saved and saving, healed and whole.

Then let him offer you the light you see in him, and let your “enemy” and friend unite in blessing you with what you gave.  Now are you one with them, and they with you.  Now have you been forgiven by yourself. Do not forget, throughtout the day, the role forgiveness plays in bringing happiness to evey unforgiving mind, with yours among them.

Every hour tell yourself:
“Forgiveness is the key to happiness.
Forgiveness offers everything I want.
Today I accept this as true.
Today I receive as I have been given”.



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