Footprints & The Gift Of Love

Having completed another successful Singing Wok event to raise money for Mirabel Foundation, an organisation that looks after drugs orphans, my mind turns to writing an editorial for our Christmas and Chinese New Year issue. I stood in front of my bookcase contemplating my spiritual books then I chanted my mantra and ask the Universe, (or God or Lord Buddha, or my Guru or the Force etc.) to select a book synchronistically. I pulled out Footprints. Footprints is the famous poem written by Margaret Fishback Powers in her book with the same title. She recounted how she watched her beautiful daughter fall 68 feet into a glacial lake and at the same time, her husband was having a heart attack across the other side of the cliff… in short, a woman experiencing the terror of  knowing that two people she loves are about to die. Who should she run to first, husband or daughter? Her poem is an inspired writing from her God as Margaret is a Christian.  For those who do not know this poem, here it is:

 

footprints in the sandFOOTPRINTS

One night I dreamed a dream

I was walking along the beach with my Lord

Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life

For each scene, I noticed two sets

Of footprints in the sand

One belonging to me

And one to my Lord

When the last scene of my life shot before me

I looked back at the footprints in the sand

There was only one set of footprints

I realized that this was at the lowest

And saddest times of my life

This always bothered me

And I questioned the Lord

About my dilemma

“Lord, you told me when I decided to follow You,

You would walk and talk with me all the way

But I’m aware that during the most troublesome

Times of my life there is only one set of footprints

I just don’t understand why, when I needed You most,

You leave me.”

He whispered , “My precious child

I love you and will never leave you

Never, ever,

During your trials and testings

When you saw only one set of footprints

It was then that I carried you.”

 

dog wearing a xmas hatIt is Christmas again, a time to celebrate with my Christian family members and friends the universality of love regardless of religious differences. To express this love, all of us whatever our colour or creed, religion or spiritual tradition celebrate with gifts. I am inspired by Footprints to contemplate gifts. And this year there is much for me to think about gifts. Gifts I have been blessed with and gifts I am about to receive.  Gifts at Christmas remind us of the three wise men bearing gifts for baby Jesus, the child whom Christians also call Christ and in Hindu mythology we call Krishna. I always associate Jesus Christ with Krishna who is known by many names. There are many stories of baby Krishna and the gifts he brings to human beings. Not that different from Christ as a baby and as a grown man, he walked and busked the message of God’s greatest gift, the commandment that we love one another as God loves us. This Christmas as I contemplate on gifts, I am grateful for the blessing of being loved by friends and family, and equally important, that I love them! The gifts that I will bear for my friends and loved ones this Christmas will not be sent in real paper, wrapped by sales assistants. My gifts will not come through cyberspace in the form of e-cards. Instead I will send my thoughts to those in need, the refugees, the orphans, the sick and lonely. Positive thoughts have the power of a prayer. I would love you all who are reading this to share my thoughts of love sent to you and others in psychic space. Love is about the most powerful energy humans have, and dogs show this far better than us humans. (DOG is GOD spelt backwards) And love does bring about miracles.

Merry Christmas, my dear family, friends, students & colleagues.

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