Today I saw a transformation that until I witnessed it, I had only heard about. In the PL church, not so much in North America but in Japan, and Brazil, during service, members of the congregation will stand and testify of the changes, positive and affirmative that Pl has made in their lives. I myself have felt and been blessed with knowing the wonder, contentment, joy and rewards of having a profound experience. Today I saw it.
A friend was in a very anxious state, and asked if she could come to our church and pray. She is not a member, nor had ever expressed any interest, I was surprised but pleased that she felt that coming to the church would help her to cope with her current “problems” I called ahead to know if a minister would be available, and yes there would be.
This friend is a strong woman of faith, she attends her church on a regular basis, and makes every effort to do a pilgrimage yearly to the bigger cities and the shrines there. I had not seen her in a number of weeks and was taken a back when I saw her, she had aged, and seemed totally defeated and sad. Life had been throwing her “a lot of curve balls.”
We get busy in life, and I immediately felt a pang of guilt that I had not kept in touch, but life is what it is, and there simply had not been the “right” moment. Our church as I have mentioned is non-denominational, I knew my friend to be a very staunch catholic and I wondered what had brought her to this moment, where she wanted to pray in “my” church. If you are aware of the inside of a catholic church and the inside of a Japanese, zen type room, this would have been a totally “new” experience for her.
She walked in with what appeared to be the burdens of the world on her shoulders.. When she came out of her consultation with Rev. Tiago, she literally glided out into the area where I was sitting. Her face was radiant, and as she threw her arms wide, she said,”I feel a hundred pounds lighter”. She glowed. Her face, her posture, her voice, it was amazing.
The 21st is Thanksgiving in PL (Perfect Liberty), I will give thanks for having been a part of this wonderful day, I myself had to slow down, I had to go into waiting mode… while she was with Rev. T. and I really really enjoyed it. I was present in the now, and simply B E I N G.
“A Thankful Heart leads to Happiness”
Namaste – Oyashikiri
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