"The admonition to love our neighbor refers to everybody
who crosses our path, and we can show love in any num-
ber of ways great and small if we are open to the leading
of the moment. Even a simple smile or common courtesy
is a form of love if expressed sincerely." Image:
"Cumbria:Best Friends" by Tim Blessed, copyrighted
photo. All rights reserved. The lovely caption is his.
I'm beginning to settle down. A highly unusual afternoon was had. With eight others, I went to help someone experiencing demonic oppression. Yep, you read that correctly.
It was quite an experience not only for that person, but also for me. I'm glad I was
there. I tried offsetting the intensity of the team----praying silently, while things transpired.
It has been more than ten years since being in a similar circumstance. After everyone left, I spent time with the person who was afflicted. Together, we focused on an overlooked area of the house.
Prior to this event, I felt the same as I do before giving talk. It was like when I was younger----on the day of a track or cross country meet, or a wrestling match. My anticipation and adrenaline grew stronger, each minute I drew closer to appointed hour.
I checked with her late this evening, she and her family are doing fine, better than before.
My Gratitudes for Friday:
1. Today, someone tried prying into my past. I did not allow that person to succeed. I don't care to be cross-examined. I don't need to justify myself to anyone. I'm thankful for boundaries.
2. A session this morning with a client was outstanding. We practiced her exercising nonviolent communication. We were able to define the feelings and needs of a loved one who easily gets agitated.
She learned how to address an easily angered husband, who's in the grip of his own dragons.
3. I meet with a new client for the first time, tomorrow. I'm glad that the reach of my service is expanding. I enjoy helping others. I love my profession.
4. I connected tonight with someone who is becoming increasingly dear. Were planning on talking tomorrow, after I'm done with clients. I am happy that I'm able to say what I want and have the confidence to do so.
Connecting with Others
I saw a movie with friends. Before entering the communal darkened room, I connected with five managers who work at this twenty-five screen theater. We visited for an hour. I care for these people. I've known many of them for years.
My oldest son was a manager there, while in college, quitting last September. Only recently, my youngest son started working there.
It was fun talking with the managers, laughing with them, letting them know a bit more about me. Our subject was the principles involved when dating.
Gratitude Number Five:
It feels good relating with others authentically. Having in-depth, positive, conversations and enjoying laughter, and transparency with others----experiencing community----is an amazing blessing. There is much to be said about experiencing healthy intimacy and closeness.
6. It makes me happy, that I've created two books. I'm giving it piecemeal, to the world, through what is shared here, in this inn of hope and positivity. Thank God, for editors who are extracting what has been written and are putting it into a manageable form.