Dance of the Ninth Day

“In the cold you wrap me.  In my uncertainty you listen. In all my joys you celebrate.  At every turn you meet me with competence and grace.  What a fine dance we have together.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

I once had this epiphany and scribbled down the words that came to my mind.  My intention was to let them marinate and become a poem.  Of course, they still may, but for more than thirty years have yet to inspire more verse.  

They came to me at a time when I had decided never to become involved in another intimate relationship.  Pain from losing my marriage and children was so intense that I vowed a life of celibacy.  I would travel alone.  It was the middle of the night when this phrase came along; ‘Dance, Dance, Dance!  I said celebrate not celibate.’  

Though the words may sound simple or silly, I was changed.  Gradually opening myself to others, I miraculously found the love of my life and we married.  I have been restored to family, children and grandchildren.  Life is good…and it is intended to be a dance of celebration.  This is my lesson of The Ninth Day of Christmas.

The gift of Nine Ladies Dancing from our true love is compelling.  It takes the intimacy of the dance and entwines it into spiritual direction.  We are reminded of the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.  This Spirit is God revealed as the interactive dancer who teaches us how to live and love.  We are supposed to be engaged in an active relationship with God and with each other. 

The nine Christmas gifts include; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  A dancer needs a partner.  When there is nobody to dance with there is no relationship or affection.  God needs us and we need God.  So let’s dance.  It is a perfect day to engage.


“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed.” ~ Mark Sanders and Tia Sillers

Angels Among Us

“We are, each of us angels with only one wing: and we can only fly by embracing one another.” ~ Luciano de Crescenzo

There are angels among us.  They show up just in time and come in various shapes, colors and sizes.  The love and support they bring allow us to endure and overcome.  We also have the ability to be angels in the lives of people that we touch throughout the day. The truth is that life is wonderful and we are all challenged to carry that news to others. An unbelievable multiplication of energy occurs when this message becomes a part of our personal mission statement.  Our workplaces and organizations will become angelic forces themselves.  The communities that we live in are lifted up by our shared good works.

It is certain that there is an incredible amount of good that we can do as individuals. Joining with others and networking, however, allow our efforts to reach levels that we could never achieve on our own. We move from walking a solitary path to flying in formation. Light shines in the midst of the darkness through our combined interventions. Today is a good time to seek the counsel of like-minded people. It is a good time to enlarge our efforts. And right now is a perfect time to carry the message of kindness, gratefulness and good cheer. Remember… Life is wonderful. Now there is a mission statement for all of us one winged angels to carry everywhere we go.


Robert Kenneth Jones is an innovator in the treatment of addiction and childhood abuse. In a career spanning over four decades, his work helping people recover from childhood abuse and addiction has earned him the respect of his peers. His blog, An Elephant for Breakfast, testifies to the power of the human spirit to overcome the worst of life’s difficulties. We encourage you to visit and share this rich source of healing, inspiration and meditation. Contact Bob Jones on Linkedin Bob Jones’ blog An Elephant for Breakfast

Live In This Sacred Moment

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ custom_padding=”30px|0px|54px|0px|false|false”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.47″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” custom_padding=”20px|0px|40px|0px|false|false”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.2″]

“To let the moment teach us, we must allow ourselves to be at least slightly stunned by it until it draws us inward and upward, toward a subtle experience of wonder.” ~ Richard Rohr

All of eternity has been waiting for this moment. 

Life has deposited us right here, right now.  We should be filled with wonder and awe.  The secret is to look to this incredible moment for all that you have desired and dreamed.  For these things cannot be held in yesterday’s memories.  Though they may have been fully realized, that bird has flown.

They cannot be found in the mist of many tomorrows.  Though they are ripe with promise, they do not yet exist.  Now is the time. Today is the day.  Real promise is unfolding.  Opportunities are presenting themselves.  People are holding out their hands with gifts and offerings.  Everything we ever needed, wanted and anticipated has been awaiting our arrival.

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” ~ William W. Purkey

The sacred moment is here.  Can we deny the amazing prospects that are open to us?  Sure we can.  But what a waste it would be.  Rise and shine.  The door is open!  Let’s dance through it with a song of joy and hope on our lips.  Now is the time to make Life Wonderful!

_________________________________________

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_team_member admin_label=”Robert Kenneth Jones” name=”Robert Kenneth Jones” position=”Columnist” image_url=”https://chaplainusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/robert.jpg” facebook_url=”https://www.facebook.com/KenJonesBoy” linkedin_url=”https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-kenneth-jones-8861183/” _builder_version=”3.0.101″ global_module=”26968″ saved_tabs=”all”]

Robert Kenneth Jones is an innovator in the treatment of addiction and childhood abuse.

In a career spanning over four decades, his work helping people recover from childhood abuse and addiction has earned him the respect of his peers.

His blog, An Elephant for Breakfast, testifies to the power of the human spirit to overcome the worst of life’s difficulties. We encourage you to visit and share this rich source of healing, inspiration and meditation.

Contact Bob Jones on Linkedin

Bob Jones’ blog An Elephant for Breakfast

[/et_pb_team_member][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]