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I wish you a Heavenly Christmas

A favorite quote comes to mind as Christmas 2017 approaches: "If you continue in my word...you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8: 31-32.

JoAnn, my wife, was out buying Christmas cards for us a week or so ago. At first, I was a little surprised when I looked inside the card she had brought home and read the following: "Wishing you a Heavenly Christmas." JoAnn and I are spiritual people, but we are not especially "religious."

But the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. Christmas should be a heavenly experience, shouldn't it? A magical experience. A nurturing experience. An opportunity to remember and honor and give thanks for what is truly important in our lives.

And what would that be? What is truly important in life? Well, for me, the answer is simple. It's truth--because just as the quote says, it is truth that can set us free. Not some vague, theoretical truth existing somewhere beyond ourselves. No. That will never set us free. Not some vague, theoretical God existing somewhere beyond ourselves. No. That will never set us free, either

What Jesus revealed, to my mind, the magical and timeless gift he bequeathed to us, is this:  He reminded us, through the example of his own life, the courage of his own life, the devotion of his own life, that though we may be housed in a human body for the time being, who we truly are is Spirit, immortal and free.

Who we truly are, you and I, is Love. Love made visible. Who we truly are is Compassion. Who we truly are is Truth. And who we truly are is Joy.  I wish you Godspeed and would love to hear your thoughts  on the above.

 

 

 

 

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Donna December 12, 2017 at 5:03 pm

My Dear Chris, this is the best Christmas message I have received! My wish is that those in “power” could focus on the important and meaningful issues of life as concisely as you do. You remind me to quieten, slow down, and distill the meaningful things in life. Thank you so much for your wisdom.

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Christopher Foster December 13, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words Donna, it’s a real pleasure to connect with you in this way. I put my mouse over your website and I see a magnificent cat stretched out on top of your sofa. Looks like a marmalade cat. Could you tell me his or her name? Have a wonderful Christmas.

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Terry Starr December 12, 2017 at 5:14 pm

Thank you Chris! Your words are so beautiful and applicable to our lives. I so appreciate what you offer on this site, and for what you have always offered in your living. Have a wonderful Christmas season! Love, Terry

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Christopher Foster December 13, 2017 at 12:53 pm

Thank you for your most welcome and encouraging comment Terry. It’s good to be sharing this adventure with you. With you in Spirit and you have a lovely Christmas too.

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Eric Dunn December 12, 2017 at 7:35 pm

Love to you my friend!

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Carol December 13, 2017 at 12:17 am

What a wonderful Christmas wish, Chris.
I, too, love the truth. Your words are true and consequently carry the spirit of blessing. Who wouldn’t love the experience of receiving heaven as a gift? Your personal expression is an example, a living revelation of heaven…just like Jesus. I can receive that essence with gratitude, but the greater opportunity is to let the essences of my unique heavenly nature flow out through me. That way I not only receive your gift, I participate in the giving of it. May we each enjoy the heaven we offer to the world this Christmas.

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Christopher Foster December 13, 2017 at 12:56 pm

Thank you Eric. Love to you too. Life is so interesting, isn’t it, we live geographically quite a ways apart, yet we are both “here,” aren’t we, and in a spiritual sense we always will be “here.” Happy Christmas.

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Mark Davenport December 13, 2017 at 5:54 am

Thank you for the wonderful Christmas greetings, Christopher!

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Bill December 13, 2017 at 1:30 pm

What a lovely Christmas greeting to all of us who enjoy your blog!
Many thanks, Bill & Wendy

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Christopher Foster December 15, 2017 at 7:39 pm

Thank you Bill, thank you Wendy. God bless.

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Michel Vaillancourt December 14, 2017 at 6:27 pm

Dear Christopher, I wish to share with you my appreciation for the spirit you have always gave freely to whom was ready to receive. Your love for your world is unconditional and I feel privileged to be part of the people in it. Keep on shining your truth and allow all to be free. Much love to you and to your wife my friend.
One with you,
Michel

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Christopher Foster December 15, 2017 at 7:41 pm

Hi Michel, every time I hear from you, I feel uplifted. Thank you for your comment, and you keep shining your truth too. Agreement in truth is a powerful thing. Much love to you.

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Scott Moon December 16, 2017 at 6:52 pm

Ahhh yes, your words land deep in me as truth!

I feel such deep gratitude being in touch with you to this day.

May each moment be Heavenly and sparkly….

With Care,

Scott

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Christopher Foster December 18, 2017 at 7:49 pm

Such a pleasure to hear from you, Scott. Thank you for your comment. I enjoyed visiting your website and listening to you speak. I was a reporter on the Daily Colonist back in the day, had a small sailboat. One of the biggest adventures of my life was sailing my 21-foot sloop (named Vision:-) from Silva Bay, I think it was called, in Nanaimo, across the Georgia Strait to Vancouver. Took about 7 or 8 hours, as I recall, winds changing a bit early on but then coming strong behind me and bringing me in very buoyant spirits into Vancouver. Keep up the good work.

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Carlos Sal Zurita December 19, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Dear friend:

Thank you very much for your beautiful words and your wishes for Christmas.

Like you, I am a spiritual being and I feel that the spirit is eternal, I feel that somehow it manifests temporarily in our bodies to show and remind the people that we are here to allow that spirit to do its work here on earth. through our actions.

Let love be made visible through our works and surely we will know a new reality, a new world.

Today more than ever, in these difficult times, it is essential to open our hearts and reassure our minds so that the Christmas spirit becomes visible through us and that the home of humanity is once again the garden of life, the garden of Eden, the place where we belong.

Love to you and your wife and Merry Christmas!

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Christopher Foster December 21, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Dear Carlos,

Your words resonate in me deeply. It’s a remarkable thing, to me, the bond of friendship that has endured between us for many, many years. You live in Argentina, I’ve lived in America, for the past 20 or so years, before that in Canada, but our real home is in spirit, isn’t it. From spirit we have come, to spirit we return. You describe so beautifully the task that is ours as we allow the Christmas spirit to be made more visible through us now and in the days to come. My love to you and your loved ones, and Merry Christmas.

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Robert December 22, 2017 at 6:07 am

Hi,
I wish to share with you my appreciation for the spirit you have always given freely to whom was ready to receive.Keep on shining your truth and allow all to be free. Thanks my friend.
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Christopher Foster January 1, 2018 at 11:18 am

Hi Robert. Many thanks for your kind and encouraging thoughts. I wish you all the very best and have a wonderful and happy New Year.

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BABY NAMES December 30, 2017 at 3:28 am

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Christopher Foster January 1, 2018 at 11:16 am

Thanks for your comment and Happy New Year.

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Pat December 30, 2017 at 11:39 am

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Christopher Foster January 1, 2018 at 11:15 am

Thank you Pat. God bless, and I wish you a Happy New Year.

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Sandra Oliverio December 30, 2017 at 7:20 pm

Thank you, Chris for such a warm and insightful Christmas message!

This past several months has been a most difficult time in our home, and looking toward the Christmas holiday was with some trepidation. But yes, what a gift we have been given! The love of our Lord and Savior is so precious and incomparable to anything else life could offer, and yet I feel sometimes we or I, don’t take the magnitude of it to heart. It is my weak faith that has struggled with accepting this great gift of love can conquer and change anything.

Thank you for your words of encouragement as we now begin a new year.
Grateful for your friendship…always.

SandiO

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Christopher Foster January 1, 2018 at 11:14 am

I am so happy to hear from you, Sandra. I’m also so sorry to hear that you have been having a difficult time in these past months. Life has its ups and downs, for sure, and the ‘downs’ can be very painful and difficult to navigate.
What I have discovered in my own life, and continue to discover, with amazement and deep gratitude, is that God is absolutely trustworthy. His presence in our lives, in all our lives, is an absolute reality.
It doesn’t really matter what may be troubling me, or confusing me. If I’m willing to take a pause for just a moment, and be still, as the Psalm instructs us, and listen, I will hear, or perhaps I should say feel, the “presence” of eternal Spirit with me and in me unmoved and untouched by whatever may be swirling in me or around me of the external world.
I send you love and blessings and wish you and your loved ones a truly Happy New Year.

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