Why stay awake? Why wake up?
Because we do not know.
So stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow, dawn; if he comes unexpectedly, he must not find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!’
(--from Mark 13: 33-37)
Mary thought about the invitation, then said, 'May it be with me as your word is -- creating from source --of all that is.'
Something was not done to
Mary. Rather she asked it be with her as it was with God.
What is with God?
We thank our Father for one thing alone; that we are separate from no living thing, and therefore one with Him. And we rejoice that no exceptions ever can be made which would reduce our wholeness, nor impair or change our function to complete the One Who is Himself completion. We give thanks for every living thing, for otherwise we offer thanks for nothing, and we fail to recognize the gifts of God to us.
Walk, then, in gratitude the way of love. For hatred is forgotten when we lay comparisons aside. What more remains as obstacles to peace? The fear of God is now undone at last, and we forgive without comparing. Thus we cannot choose to overlook some things, and yet retain some other things still locked away as "sins." When your forgiveness is complete you will have total gratitude, for you will see that everything has earned the right to love by being loving, even as your Self.
(--Lesson 195, ACIM, "Love is the way I walk in gratitude.")
I like beginnings. Advent is a beginning.
I like endings. Death, in it's own way, is an ending -- at least a transition.
I dislike obituaries that don't reveal the person committed suicide. I dislike ones that claim "After a long battle..." with cancer, or MS, or some other medical designation. Life, in this way, is a losing battle.
I'd rather the obituary say that so and so surrendered to the source.
Went back in after being out for so many years.
Decided to begin again.
Advent reminds me that life is beginning now. That love has no comparison.
An invitation to let life and love be with you.
And with each breath.