With determination and intense resolve, she gathered all of her strength to descend into her family room to watch her children, grand children, great grand children, nieces, nephews, and friends embroiled in the spirit of Christmas. She stood there weakly, quietly soaking in the ambience of all of the energy gathered in the house that was the epicenter of her family whom she adored and loved so magnificently. I stood by her side studying her frail diminshed frame, as she watched her family enjoying the tradition of gift exchange, knowing this was the last time God had given her to experience her bloodline together at Christmas. I wondered if she thought this knowledge of her impending death was a curse or a gift. I believe she took that knowledge as a gift of opportunity and she chose to be present in the last moments that the grace of God had given her. I invite you to be present in the many moments of grace that God gives us and love and appreciate your families, your life’s many gifts and every moment as if it were your last. Life changes as rapidly as the blink of an eye and we may not have the opportunity to be conscious about a last moment. We take so much for granted! We waste so many present moments. We assume we will always have time. We loose touch with what is really important in this life – allowing our souls to be filled with the light of love. If we could be in each moment and allow the light to guide us, we would routinely pause to notice and assess our lives, its influences, contributions and effects/affects continually – purposely. I wish you all many conscious and blessed celebrations everyday as though each day were Christmas. For this day though, this moment, Merry Christmas to all of you. Cherish this day’s tradition of the spirit of the season!! Give thanks! Cherish God! Cherish your families! Cherish love! Cherish present time! Cherish life! Cherish yourselves! Cherish! Cherish! Cherish!