I want to take a minute to thank you all for the beautiful cards and warm wishes you sent this holiday season. I wish I had the time to write each of you individually, but sadly, this is something time restraints will not allow. So instead we are sending our very best to you in this letter. I pray it finds each of you blessed and happy.
Life is full of second chances. Our Father in love has filled each minute, hour, day, year, and life time, with opportunities to wipe the present clean from our past mistakes and begin again. Through my own experiences I’ve learned that the fallout from our past mistakes does not have to darken our present joy.
When we learn to embrace all that has made us who we are today, the mistakes and failures of yesterday no longer have the power to annoy. Praise the Lord for the growth and wisdom those experiences have brought to your life. There is no shame in making mistakes. Do not allow the trials and abuses of yesterday to dampen your joy today. Shame is a killer that can only live in the dark recesses of a secret, an unaccepted mistake, a misunderstood intention.
Let go of the past, allow this new day to be your new beginning. Each day offers us the promise of another chance, a free do over for all the mistakes the sun set on only a few hours earlier. The dark of the night has once again covered our mistakes, renewing us with its sleep, enabling us to go forward refreshed.
Seasons come and go each one moving us toward our future. In the Spring we are drawn outside, we look to the mountains covered with the richness of new life, and are drawn to new heights as we feed on the power surrounding us.
The renewing of Spring flows into the activity of the Summer season. This is the time of year we get things done. The Summer is full of useful activity, these are the days of preparation a time when our powers are strong.
All too soon the days begin to cool down, a hint of coldness drifts into the night air. It is then that the wisdom and beauty of the fall burst into color all around us as nature again draws us into her arms. In the fall we discover beauty in death, a sense of completeness that the work of the summer is over and it is time to rest.
Days become shorter as Winter invites us to come away and rest awhile. Buried in the dark night of W inter we find time for reflection, healing and growth. Amid this time of inactivity can be found the perfection of the yearly round of life. In the cold recesses of the W inter Season is found a place to bury the mistakes of the year that is ending, a place to find forgiveness and to learn to forgive.
It’s time for a new year, a new beginning. We are not who we were last year. We are not who we will be next year. We are each on a road that twists and turns us through the experiences of our lives. At some point our roads have crossed and we have shared a few precious minutes. The words of encouragement that have passed between us have meant the world to me. Words mean things, they are all we have and if used correctly they can convey, hope, encouragement, and love. On the other hand when we act rashly and without concern for the feelings of others our words can deeply cut and wound the spirits of those we come in contact with.
The Father has filled our lives with so many places to begin again. It is my prayer that this year will be a new beginning for each of you. That this precious time you have been given will not be wasted, left unimproved and barren. My wish is that each of you will renew with the Spring so your Summer will be fruitful and you Fall full of wisdom and bounty. Then in the Winter your hearts will be warmed as you reflect with satisfaction on a job well done, a life well lived.
This past week I waded through our Membership Files as I sorted the current Members from those who need to renew. So many names, so many memories. I realized how blessed I have been to be in contact with such a special group of Individuals. Just seeing some of your names brought a smile to my lips. A few of you caused me to laugh out loud. I’ve learned so much about life and living since HEAL Marketplace began in 1998.
The truth of Natural Healing is not just about choosing herbs over drugs.
It is really all about “Becoming More”.
- More tolerant of those who are confused and scared.
- More accepting of our own failings.
- More balanced in Mind, Heart and Body.
- More Trusting of the Care our Heavenly Father has promised to provide.
I hope each one of you will continue down this road with us. We only ask for the opportunity to continue to bless you with our very best efforts. As a result we hope that you will continue to grow in your knowledge of all things Natural as you apply what you learn from us to your life and the world around you.
Best Wishes from all of Us at H.E.A.L. Marketplace
to All Our Wonderful Members