Scripture: Revelation 22:13
I am the Alpha and the Omega, try the First and the Last, health the Beginning and the End.
Thought for the Day: They held hands around Lou’s motionless body. Josh said “Father, health give us wisdom.” Sara said “Mother, surround us with love.” Gabe said “Eternal everything, unite us with your presence.” Brian wasn’t completely sure what was going on, so he just stayed silent. He felt his body heat up though, as if the sun was shining through him. At first, there was just a warm glow in his hands. Then, it began to spread up and down his body until he felt entirely enveloped in a calm, peaceful, loving warmth. Eyes closed, he felt himself floating in light, the gravity of his body and the worries of his life non-existent. This was a new place and a very different state of being. Brian opened his eyes and saw the others—Gabe, Josh, Sara, and Lou’s body, below him, holding hands—holding hands with him! How can this be? Brian thought. Then in the blink of an eye, the four of them were sitting around Lou’s body in the most beautiful garden Brian had ever seen. There was a tree that must have been a mile around that reached up infinitely to a sky full of deep blues and misty whites. Brian felt perfectly at peace.
Lou was lying on a mattress of tiny yellow and purple flowers. The flowers bent slightly under Lou’s weight, suspending him gently a foot or so off the ground. Josh put his hands on Lou’s wound. “Hold his ankles,” Gabe said to Brian, snapping him out of his altered state of consciousness. But Brian was starting to panic. He had no idea where he was or what was going on. “Where are we? What happened? How did I get here? Who…” Brian tried to ask, but Gabe cut him off. “This sanctuary heals all wounds—even yours, Brian.”
“But this guy is dead!” Brian exclaimed. “He has a huge, gaping gash—which is really starting to smell, by the way, in the middle of his chest!”
“Calm down, Brian,” Gabe said softly. “Things are not as they appear. Life and death are not as simple as you think. You’re an eternal being, just like us. We’ve been trying to teach you for thousands of your years. But we’ll explain more later. Right now, Lou is probably in pain—not that he doesn’t deserve some pain, but I’ve been trying to give up vengeance.” Brian wasn’t sure what to say or think, but he had seen Gabe do some pretty strange things over the years, and on more than one occasion Gabe had prevented all out warfare in Hell’s Kitchen. So Brian put his hands around Lou’s ankles, and Josh began to pray:
Holy presence of the Eternal Energy, repair this manifestation of love! We are all wounded, Holy One, yet we also know that your presence heals all wounds. Restore us all, for through you all things are possible. Move us where you would have us serve best, for we are here only to serve love. So be it.
Then there was nothing. No sound, no blinding light, no laser effect binding Lou’s wound together. Sara started to weep, her conflicting love for this being who could be both angel and demon burning her heart to ash.
Lou groaned and sat up, the gash in his chest mending itself. “What took you so long?” He asked. Sara pounced on him and put her arms around him, squeezing him as tightly as possible. “I thought you were lost,” she whispered into his ear. Lou hugged her and kissed her cheek, then pulled Gabe and Josh into his embrace. “I guess we let that get out of hand,” he said. Lou noticed Brian sitting nearby, astonished and confused. “I suppose you have questions, human,” Lou said. Then he asked Josh, “What are you going to do with him now?”
Josh said, “We’re going to show him everything, Lou. Everything. Then we’re going to teach him how to teach, and send him back to show the others. One timeline at a time, we’ll expand everyone’s idea of what it means to exist—in and beyond the flesh.”
“But, but…” Brian sputtered, “you were dead! How..?”
“Life and death are perceptions, Brian,” Gabe said. “When someone seems to die, it is simply a transition from one state of being to the next. Matter doesn’t have a lifespan. Your human life may last 50 or 100 years, but the truth is there are no years, only different aspects of now.”
They all helped Lou stand up and the five of them began walking to his office, eager to start Brian’s lessons.
From her high sanctum in the needle, Hannah watched everything that transpired and let out a long, heavy sigh. She walked over to a clear, egg-shaped booth that floated in the air and sat down inside. “Can you hear me?” She asked. “It’s begun.” From all around her, she heard a gentle voice reply, “Yes, Hannah. And it is finished.”
Prayer: Holy presence of Eternal Energy, repair this manifestation of love! We are all wounded, Holy One, yet we also know that your presence heals all wounds. Restore us all, for through you all things are possible. Move us where you would have us serve best, for we are here only to serve. Amen.