A Christmas Miracle

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Amidst the fear and craziness that the world would have us believe is real, I have a miracle to share with you that tells a different story. This is the kind of story that restores my faith in humanity and reminds me that love is all around us.

12 days ago my 9 month old grandson Lucian was taken to Children’s Hospital for the 2nd time in 2 days, battling pneumonia. His temperature was very high, and he was vomiting. This followed a 911 call and an ambulance ride to the hospital that had happened several weeks earlier, where he had been diagnosed with croup.

As I sat in my kitchen, watching my daughter and son-in-law get Lucian into the van and drive away, I felt helpless, and hopeless, and paralyzed with fear. My mind went back to when I was a little girl, and I remembered the terrifying middle-of-the-night trips to the hospital with my baby brother. He was turning blue. An asthma attack was constricting his airways, and he couldn’t breathe. He always looked so tiny and frail. As if the large white hospital gown was going to swallow him up, and he would disappear from my life forever.

Slowly, that memory faded from my mind, and I started to come back to the present moment. I remembered that I was not helpless. That there is always hope. I am a Reiki Master, and so I started to send distance healing to Lucian. Then I remembered that I am not alone and could ask for help. I decided to use Facebook, or as I like to call it, “the web of light”. I sent a message to the Canadian Reiki Association Facebook page, and I posted a message on my personal timeline, asking anyone who felt called to, to send love and healing energy to Lucian.

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I was emotionally overwhelmed with the love that came pouring in. Literally hundreds of people responded to my call for help, and people are still responding. My heart was met by the hearts of many, many people. Within 24 hours, Lucian’s fever came down and he stopped vomiting. Within a few days, he had a big smile for me when I went to visit him. At his paediatrician appointment last week, his chest was all clear! And today, he turns 10 months old, and is back to being a going concern!

I don’t know where to begin to say thank you. I responded personally to every offer of love, healing energy, and prayers on Facebook. I am so very grateful to be reminded that love is stronger than fear, and when it really matters, we show what we are made of; incredible spirits having a human experience, connected by our hearts.

Baby Lucian’s family and I wish all of you a beautiful holiday season, in whatever way you choose to celebrate. For us, that’s Merry Christmas, but please feel free to translate that into whatever festive greeting warms your heart. And many blessings for a new year that brings you all that makes your heart sing.

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To Be 6 Again


Today is my first granddaughter Kallie’s 6th birthday! I’m wondering where the time has gone. It seems like only yesterday that I watched, in absolute awe, as she made her grand entrance into the world. It was as if time stood still. I truly felt the presence of God that day. And not in the religious sense, but in the sense of a love of such magnitude that it took my breath away. As I witnessed this incredible being traverse her epic journey to the outside world, I realized that she may have been entering the world of the physical, but spiritually she was not quite acclimatized to this so called reality. She was so much more than just a tiny human. She was a soul of epic proportions, a bright light, braving a new lifetime, and bringing her own brand of miracles to transform our family. In the delivery room to welcome her were her mom and dad and Auntie Caitlin. As well as her Grandma (me) and her Grandpa (my ex-husband). And that was just the world of the seen. In the world of the unseen I could feel the presence of the ancestors, who were also welcoming and celebrating this beautiful soul.

In her 6 years Kallie has taught me a lot about unconditional love, and about savouring every delicious morsel of the present moment. She has shown me that perseverance is the way to realize your dreams, and that there isn’t anything in life that love can’t make better. I was wondering what words of wisdom 6 year old Kallie might offer to me at 6 years old. To little Neesie who was so sensitive, and lonely, and afraid. Or what she might say to the 6 year old inside all of us.

I think Kallie would tell the 6 year old in all of us that we matter. That we have great gifts to share with the world. That there has never been another soul like us, nor will there ever be. That the world is waiting for our unique and sacred gifts. That we are loved beyond measure, by forces seen and unseen. And mostly, that we don’t have to do life alone. I can envision Kallie taking Neesie’s hand and inviting her to play.

So, baby girl Kallie, thank you for the gift you are in my life. For the constant reminder that this life is so much more than meets the eye. Thanks for putting your tiny hand in our hands and trusting us with the gift of your life. Now, let’s go play!

Much love to you on your 6th birthday and always beautiful girl. xoxo