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There is a special gift waiting for you

It was Christmas Day about 80 years ago. I woke up early, heart pounding with excitement, and crept quiet as a mouse out of my room.

I'd done my best to impress on my parents what I really, really wanted more than anything else in the world--but had they really heard me?

I crept into the hall and saw--yes--leaning against the wall beside my door--the special gift for which I had longed. I remember the smell very clearly even now: the smell of my first "real" bike, brand-new, shiny, black. My parents had come through for me.

We all have a special gift waiting for us this Christmas season. It's a gift, if I'm not mistaken, that deep in our heart we long for more than anything else in the world.

It's our birthright, this gift. It was given us long ago before we were even born. It's the peace of our own eternal being and it waits for you right now. All we have to do, you and I, is open our eyes and receive it.

What does the scripture say? I open my King James Bible, and I read, in chapter 14, verse 27 of John: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

My love and blessings to you.

 

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Lucille Goossens December 24, 2016 at 1:07 pm

Thank you, Chris, for sharing such a beautiful, heart-warming story of your childhood days, and the longing in your heart for that special gift at Christmas time—lo-and- behold, there it was waiting for you to receive it—given to you out of deep love from your parents—so precious a story! We can all perhaps relate to something of this nature. Today, there’s no need to look for an external gift as such, because I/we have already received the real gift from our parents, and deeply thankful we are for it. I love the way you conveyed your story in simple words, Chris. Your Christmas message is beautiful. Peace—it’s wonderful knowing this ever-present inner peace!
My Love and Blessings to you also.

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Christopher Foster December 26, 2016 at 11:28 am

Hi Lucille, thank you so much for your most welcome comment. The love and kindness in your heart shines through every word. It’s a privilege and a joy to share this journey with you.

May the peace of the Eternal bless you and enfold you as 2017 approaches and we move forward together in this grand adventure we call life.

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Gloria December 24, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Blessings of love and peace to you both❤
Wonderfully said Chris…thank you for your writing the words that others can not say
❤ Love, gloria

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Christopher Foster December 26, 2016 at 11:35 am

God bless you Gloria. I’m most thankful for your friendship, your love, and your support. Back at you, as Obama likes to say.

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Lyndsey Powers December 24, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Blessings to you my friend – thank you for sharing your thoughts and wisdom with us. I always look forward to your posts. Merry Christmas!

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Russell Boreham December 24, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Hi there Chris

Thank-you my friend for your writings and thoughts. You are unique!
As I am too, may the sensation of today stay with you and roll along like that wonderful brand new bike😐

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Sandio December 24, 2016 at 8:38 pm

Merry Christmas! Chris and Joanne
What a great story.
Hugs to a man that’s warmth is symbolic of Christ’s love for each of us!

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Sima December 25, 2016 at 6:17 am

My dearest Christopher,

I always look forward to your articles.
This time your writing on special gift came at the right time!
You are an enlightened one!
Wish you a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.
I seek your love and blessings.
Sima

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Christopher Foster December 26, 2016 at 4:27 pm

Dear Sima,

Thank you for your kind comment. I really appreciate you taking the time to write. Geographically, we may appear to be separated, but our spirit is one. I send love and blessings, and best wishes for a happy and wonder-full New Year.

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SandiO December 25, 2016 at 8:47 am

Joy To The World! The Lord Has Come!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ryv41dMqS24

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Maureen December 25, 2016 at 10:17 am

Thank you Christopher. So many of us need to hear this. The gift of our true nature is always within. Lately I’ve been taking many deep breathes and going within, letting the “observer me” or my true nature recognize that these fearful emotions are like clouds. If we embrace them for what they are and then allow them to float away, the peace of our true nature will prevail. You are our voice singing out and reminding us of the peace that is rightfully ours. Happiest of Holidays to you and JoAnn❤️️

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Christopher Foster December 26, 2016 at 4:22 pm

Maureen, Hi, Thank you for your very kind and encouraging words and the truth that is in them. Surely it is true, just as you say, that fear comes and goes but the peace of our true nature does not come and go. It is with us forever. Your friendship is a precious gift Maureen and I appreciate it very much. Blessings and love, and all the very best for 2017.

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alice penwell December 31, 2016 at 7:40 pm

Thank you, Chris. I think this Peace is at last starting to be understood
a Peace-filled new year to you and your family,
Alice

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Christopher Foster January 12, 2017 at 11:19 am

Alice, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so sorry for the long delay in getting back to you, but I want you to know that I am delighted to have re-connected with you, and send love and blessings to you, and best wishes for a very happy 2017. Take care.

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