And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue;
They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.
Through the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes He smiles upon the earth.
*Khalil Gibran. The Prophet.
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She is dying, a long dying. She says all she wants is to be looked at as normal. After listening about an hour, and seeing her through her skin, I get ready to leave. She says, "Oh! come here! I want a hug before you leave, I am not that awful looking." No, even visage ravaged by disease, she is lovely, shines through. Walking over, I make sure not to stand on the hoses that carry oxygen to her dissipating lungs. She reaches out, I reach out, to embrace. A kiss on the side of her forehead, unplanned. Love happens again. The sense of her skin lingers on my lips, while I later drive away down the road. Peace, sweet peace.
Where Love is, Love happens - dare I say 'God' happens? Spirit is always reaching out to touch, not merely the skin, but the Essence ~ Grace loving Grace, you and I, healing the distance, again and again, for everyone. In a touch, one touch true, tomorrow reaches into today, creating the world that is and is yet to be.
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*The theme of "Lotus of the Heart" is 'Living in Love beyond Beliefs.' This work is presented by Brian K. Wilcox, of Maine, USA. You can order Brian's book, An Ache for Union: Poems on Oneness with God through Love, through major online booksellers.