I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have helped me along the way. In other words, everyone I've ever met, and many I haven't. I believe everyone who crosses our path or our mind is there for a reason, whether we realize what that reason is or whether we don't. Even those who have shunned us or hurt us in some way are in our energy field for a reason for good.
But as to those whom I have no doubt as to their contribution to my present day bliss, there are a few I would especially like to thank at this time.
To my parents, for everythign they ever did to try and raise me to be happy, healthy, safe and secure. Even if they did it wrong, which usually they didn't, I'd like to thank them for loving me in the best and worst of all times. To my sister and brother, as well. I'm grateful for the experience of family I've had all my life. It really became apparent how precious family ties are when I had my own children and was blessed with so much learning about how deep love really can go. And to my husband, to whom I truly believe I owe my life. He saw my shining light when the blinds were all pulled down over my soul.
I feel so grateful for all of my life. Left to my own devices I'd have been dead and gone many times over again, but God put people into my path to give me hope and lend me a hand. I've been given good and bad examples of ways to overcome adversity and to survive, and I've been granted the awareness of what I'm on this earth to do. When all else failed to save me, my vision of purpose kept me alive.
I believe I was put on this earth to serve. I asked for the awareness of God's will for me and I vowed to take responsibility for that awareness. This was at a very young age of only 12, and I've never forgotten that vow. I wasn't always able to take responsibility to the full extent in my life, but I did my best and made a lot of promises to God that I'm working very hard to fulfill. I'm grateful to be given the chance.
I want nothing more than to be able to respond to the call. That's what responsibility is...the ability to respond whenever Life calls. I promised, too, to share this awareness with others...the awareness of God's presence in each moment of Life...God the Good, Unlimited.
In my life, as is true in everyone's lives, I've been given my share of challenges to overcome. I could be disgruntled and think that I've had more than my share, but I'm sure what I got was exactly what I needed to have to bring me the ability to help others in ways that perhaps I otherwise wouldn't be able to do. I've been in many dark pits in my life, and caves where many who are not stuck would never want to go to help someone else. Places others may not understand. I accept that it was for good purpose I was lost in the wilderness a few times, and I'm very grateful that through the grace of God and the help of others that I found my way out. Now I am charged with the task of helping others who have lost their way. I'm so grateful to be used in this way.
Isn't this really everyone's mission in life? Do we remember the times we needed help and reach out and help others now? That's what responsibility is, really....having the ability to respond. I'm sooooooo grateful to be able to reach out and help. It makes it easier for me to be on the receiving end, too. We're all in need of help at some time or another. I think gratitude has a lot to do with remembering that and responding to others in kind. Are we grateful for all that we, ourselves, have been pulled through in our life?
Grace. Let us remember we've all be granted God's grace, and that we've all been pulled out of messes through some Power which was not our own. It may have been a mystery how we got out of a jam, or it may be quite obvious who helped us out. Either way, it was through the grace of God. God's grace is really the only reason any of us here are alive. God is Life. Life is what grants us grace. It comes through other people most of the time. That's why I'm saying, "THANKS!"
I hope the things that I write are helpful in some way to those who read. If I had to boil my whole message down to one word it would have to be "thanks," I suppose. Thank you to God, to Life, for every breath that I take. Thank you for all my experience, both easy and hard, and thank you for the opportunity to love, to give, to laugh, to cry, to help others and for the ability to do my part in responding to this wonderful thing we call life. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the awareness of God, or Good, always present, here simply because God is Love. God is Good, God is Love, God is Life!
This is what I celebrate on Thanksgiving Day every year. To me, it's not about eating turkey, at all, because to me, I don't think that shows much appreciation to Life. Those turkeys have just as much right to live as do I, and 45 million of them are slaughtered for this "holy" day. No, that's not what this holiday is in my mind. Nor is it the celebration of the "friendship" between the pilgrims and the people upon whom they performed genocide to a greater extent than was done even in Nazi Germany. The "forefathers" were ruthless in their conquest of this Native American soil. I do not celebrate that. Instead, I simply celebrate gratitude, and family, and all we've been blessed with in being given life on this earth to share with others in kind. Thank you, my God, for that.
And thank you for wonderful food that grows from the earth!!!!! This year's menu is completely raw vegan! It's not as hard to prepare a true feast as perhaps you might think. I'll be writing more about that, for God truly, truly gave us really great food in its pure perfect form for our good!!!!! Proper food will cure every disease. (And improper food has just the opposite effect.) I'm grateful to share this awareness with you and so much more. We are blessed with all that we need.
Thank you for reading, for commenting, for writing letters, for contributing, for coming to our center in Hartville...thank you for being a part of Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center and for sharing this moment in time with us. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving every day of the year!
Rev. Dr. Jody Evans, ND, CTN, CNHP, D.D.
Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center
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