And today’s Daily Word: “I behold the Christ Essence in Myself and Others.”
These words written by Richard and Mary-Alice Jafolla remind me there is a divine connection joining me with every person: “There is a level in every human soul which knows no conflict, competition, or contempt, a level which knows only peace, harmony, and love. In fact, it is peace and harmony and love, because it is the Christ essence of us.”
When it is hard for me to see our connection, I can improve the situation by lifting my awareness. I redirect negative reactions by remembering the Christ in me, and then I can begin to recognize it in others. In my mind and heart I connect our higher selves. Beyond the outer façade of hurt feelings, fears, and apprehension is our Christ identity. Seeing it in others helps them see it in themselves.
Forgiveness is a concept that seems to be everywhere these days, whether in books, Facebook memes, or at the pulpit. No matter what their religious or spiritual tradition, most of us can agree on the necessity of forgiveness in the human experience.
But what does it really mean? And how can someone forgive a crime like the horrific murder of one’s own wife and child?
In his compelling fictional novel The Ravine, author Robert Pascuzzi delves deeply for answers to these questions, drawing from the teachings of Jesus in Scripture. Understanding the difficulties most of us have in offering forgiveness for much lesser transgressions than murder, the author presents a realistic portrayal of characters struggling to process the reality of two brutal murders and a suicide by a very close friend.
Along the way, readers encounter supernatural occurrences, along with a psychically gifted character who acts as a bridge between God and the grief-and-anger stricken. While I would like to have seen the character of Tony throughout the course of the novel (he’s the brother of the murderer) and witnessed his spiritual development in the aftermath of the crimes, Pascuzzi does a nice job portraying its effects upon the offender’s two best friends, who nearly lose their marriage in the fallout.
Readers may be put off by what appears to be “The Devil Made Me Do It” excuse, but I viewed this as one man’s inability to use his God-given free will to say “No” to evil and listen to the word of God instead of the directives of The Enemy. I found the book to be a fascinating ride through this imperfect earthly life, with the promise of heaven via forgiveness. It’s filled with hope that life does not end but rather changes form, while it affirms God’s promise to his faithful. A highly recommended read.
Ready to begin the New Year with a brand-new perspective? Join me on Tuesday, December 30 at 1 p.m. Eastern when I welcome two-time Just Believe guest, psychic medium, and author Jennifer Hicks to Writestream. Jennifer will tell us about her background and career, define psychic phenomena (separating fact from fiction) and discuss her contribution to the book, Love Like God:
In this groundbreaking compilation, well-known individuals from across the globe share stories of how they learned to release the conditions that block unconditional love. Along with the insights of Caroline A. Shearer, readers will be reminded of their natural state of love and will begin to envision a world without fear or judgment or pain.
I am so looking forward to delving into all of these fascinating topics with Jennifer, knowing first-hand through my own personal consultation and the experiences of Just Believe’s live callers, the full extent of her remarkable psychic abilities. Aside from her incredible spiritual gifts, Jennifer has also been blessed with exceptional intelligence and communications skills, with a genuine desire to help others. If you’ve never listened to her on the air before, you are definitely in for a treat!
Took some time out yesterday to hang out with another writer-friend in beautiful Cocoa Beach, where we also brainstormed ideas and learned more about each other’s specialties for the purpose of networking and generating more clients.
The weather has been absolutely magnificent and I’m glad we took some time to walk on the beach. It was a welcome respite from the depressing, horrifying ebola news cycle. Daily prayer, hard work, and nature breaks continue to keep me calm, focused, and resolute.
When you take in views like these, it’s hard to be angry. Yes, I’m still informed. Yes, I’m still outraged. I’m simply stating that it’s nice to take a mental vacation from it every so often. Actually, it’s not just nice, it’s necessary for my sanity.