Receive Your Servant
It was my birthday -- May 21st, 2009. I had a work meeting over an hour away. When I pulled into the parking lot of the meeting location, I got a phone call from the office. An elderly man was dying. I took his daughter's cell phone number and called. Doctors were predicting death to come late that night or possibly even the next day, but it was imminent. Should I come now, I asked? No. Stay for your meeting, I was told. Just be aware. Check in later. My Reiki II training was only a week old. Could I do this? Was it as effective to send it, I wondered? I reminded myself God was in charge, and I went inside. During the start of the meeting, I sat quietly in the back, sending Reiki to this lovely man ... assessing his energy level and balancing his energy system without anyone's awareness. Throughout the day, I "checked in" with his energy system frequently, and I checked in with God. Where were we? Mid-afternoon, I had a strong feeling it was time to head back. The meeting was not quite over, but the feeling was strong enough that I paid attention to it, and left. When I arrived at the nursing home, I walked into his room and set my purse down, greeting his family. I turned to the man's wife, and asked, "What can I do for you?" She said very pointedly, "Pray for him." So I took her hand with my left hand, and placed my right hand -- buzzing with Reiki -- on the man's knee, and I prayed aloud:
Please hear our prayer for G. He has fought the good fight. He has run the race. Receive your servant now into your loving arms ....
I can't tell you what I prayed after that because with that, he breathed his last, and I felt his spirit leave his body ever so peacefully. That was not me, friends. That was God. And it was God who got me there in time, and it was God who kept me in tune with G's energy level throughout the day via Reiki. I will never forget that day! While I am aware of and have SEEN God's awesome power at work, I never cease to be amazed when I experience it first hand. God is SO good.
Julie participated in the 25th Seminar for Certified Zentangle(R) Teacher Training in June, 2019, trained by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. In addition to creating art as a personal spiritual practice, Julie also incorporates the Zentangle(R) method in Prayer Art Retreats in a variety of contexts, including church groups, friend gatherings, and at a local art gallery. Check out the Upcoming Events page for a calendar of events, or use the Contact Us page to inquire about scheduling an event with your group!