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A Living Legacy of Loving Kindness

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A Living Legacy of Loving Kindness

 

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This legacy is what my beloved younger brother left behind when he exited this physical realm 15 days ago on February 11, 2015.

Since his unexpected passing, though waves of great sadness roll over me, my heart continues to feel his love pouring into it. How can that be?

As the shock waves dissipate, I’m being blessed in seeing some beautiful reflections; aspects of the purpose and meaning of his life, the interwoven design of all things, the hearts of those whose care, prayers, and support provide ethereal arms to carry those who knew and love John through this time of transition, and the love and care that flows through our family.

John Michael is a very special soul. He is numbered among the precious souls who never lose the unconditional touch of love from childhood. They continue to give this special love all their lives as it expands into a love that exudes honor, loyalty, integrity, trustworthiness, mercy, good-will, honesty, kindness, gentleness, and courage. We feel loved, valued and special in their presence no matter who we are, for this love holds no prejudice. They are son-kissed souls who help us along our soul journey through the trials of this temporary sojourn. They serve a special role that is an exceedingly great gift to those who are blessed to dwell in their reflection. We often call them “our angels”. These souls, who give us a love that always lifts us up, are like refreshing springs along our earthbound pilgrimage. And for their love, they are greatly loved.

Several of my close friends have also been blessed with such a brother, and like me their brothers were un-expectantly taken in the youthfulness of life. Yet, the gifts of loving-kindness they gave during their shortened days continue to pour forth; for love never dies.

Throughout these 15 days, I have continually heard from within, “love never dies”. Love, with all of its characteristics, is the one aspect of this reality that never dies. It transcends space and time because it is the character of eternity and immortality. When a connection is made between two souls in a pure love, this connection remains intact even when one exits the physical realm. It is a connection that crosses all barriers. I learned this concept in theory, but now I’m experiencing it in my reality. My beloved brother is the first person who I’ve been close to that I’ve been separated from in what we call “death”. Yet, it’s only a physical separation, because the connection formed in our souls remains, and this teaches me that even “death” can’t destroy love. Thus love is what overcomes death.

Throughout the past couple of weeks, I’ve seen markings of a pattern and design pointing to a higher purpose for his early exit. Their interwoven nature reveal a much greater plan and purpose that we are all a part of. Being able to see this is an exceedingly great comfort to me. It’s incredible and I’m extremely grateful for the eyes to see. So though I feel sadness because of my deep love for John, its buffed by a continual expansion of a greater awareness that there is more to the story, for love never dies.

John = “Jehovah is a gracious giver”

Michael = “who is like God”

In so many ways John Michael fulfilled the meaning of his name. And in doing so he left a living legacy that continues to give.

John’s funeral “happened” to be upon Valentines Day, and how fitting because his life portrayed a brotherly love to those he knew. One may think I’m biased in my words, as I am an adoring sister, until you hear the stories and witness the impact his life had on others. His character shined brightly to those who knew him.

John subtlety deposited seeds of a pure love in the hearts of others. The stories and impact of his life upon others reveals this over and over. The seeds were experienced in the non-judgment, honor, and value they received from him. These were gifts to strengthen us along our soul journey through this trying place, a place that challenges and refines our own love. For me, it seems like the seed he gave me is blooming in a way it hasn’t before. It is opening up passage ways in which my love can flow that were once blocked. I’m seeing love’s reflections in new ways. Though my awareness also grows in seeing my lack of expressions of love, his love inspires me. He casts a beautiful reflection upon my soul that encourages me to never give up on love, for it is the essence of true life. This is his living legacy. It continues to give; for love never dies.

The other day as I reflected upon his life, I wish I had loved him better. But I was reminded by that still small voice from within that this life isn’t about living perfectly, for its impossible, but to learn about the perfection of love. But still I wish I expressed my love to him more.

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(I love this picture, to me it reveals the connectedness in our souls.)

John is a skilled horseman, marksman, and craftsman. He was a carpenter by trade. He lived this life in the purest of “religion”; to love others as you want to be loved. Though I don’t think he necessarily tried to live this, he just did, as one of a true love would. From the time he was a young child he possessed sensitivity to the souls of others that enabled him to “see” them and connect to them. He disdained conflict and sought peace and unity. He possessed a calm and peaceful demeanor until someone mistreated one he cared for. Even then he showed restraint when needed. He never forced his opinion or ways upon another. He protected and watched over those he loved. My life is peppered with stories about his protection overshadowing me. And he wove his special love into our family that connected and blessed us all.

John only wanted to see smiles and no tears. As my own tears flowed from my deep love for him these past weeks, I told him that I know he doesn’t like to see my cry, but I just love him so much. He understands. But he also taught me the balance of holding a cherished remembrance of one who is passed, and continuing to move forward because there are others who need your affections. He always possessed wisdom beyond his years, and I often told him he was more soulfully mature than the rest of us. He is a special soul; he is a son-kissed soul.

From the moment he was born, he was connected to me in a pure and sacred place in my heart. And from his childhood, I called him my angel, and I’ll continue to; for now he possess a freedom of spirit in which he can do and give far more than what he did when bound to a physical body. His soul journey continues on and how blessed are those souls he encounters. In his physical form he gave me a strength and comfort amongst the trials of life, and I know he will continue to do so for love never dies. But I so deeply miss those big ole hugs.

I love you so very much John.

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Author: Rachel

My passion is cultivating a deep relationship with God and helping others to do the same. I LOVE sharing with others insights that God has taught me and hearing what God has taught them... thus my blog, Stirring the Deep. My focus is on a relationship, not a religion. Life is in the relationship. I believe in a balance and unity of body, mind and spirit. I feel it's important to nurture all three for they all affect each other. I try to live in the present, where the Holy Spirit is. And I try to do all with the motive of love. I've come to believe life is a journey and not a destination. It isn't about perfection, is it about growth.

18 thoughts on “A Living Legacy of Loving Kindness

  1. Thanks for sharing the love of God!

  2. May God’s love and comfort be with you!

  3. Dear Rachel I am so very, very, very sorry about the early death of your brother. May God comfort you, give you lots of strength and all the help you need. You are a wonderful young women! With my kindest regards from Switzerland and my best wishes to you, Thesi

    • Thank you for your words and kindness, it is beautiful to experience how they support my heart and soul. May we never underestimate our words and the kindness we express in sincerity and love, for though they are simple, they are such tremendous gifts.

  4. E.W. here! The Lord chose a different life for me than did He to most people. By the time I returned from the Nam, I hated God and all people of the world, especially in the United States. — My niece {20yrs. junior} loved all people and even me! Even when I was dirty from working, seeing me, she would leave her {cheerleader friends} to come give me a huge.
    When the Lord took her home, I began a life-long search for the truth of God. For I know this truth is where her great peace and love came from!
    I can now testify that the Spirit of God {as Jesus declared in the gospel of John} still speaks to a person’s mind.

    • Isn’t it amazing the impact these loving souls can have upon us? It teaches me such a significant lesson .. never underestimate the impact of love that is sincerely given, even if it comes through our broken vessels. And sometimes the most simple gestures can be the most powerful.

  5. Thank you John for fulfilling your purpose here in this lifetime with so much love. If one lives his life for the highest purpose, which is simply to reflect love, we all benefit from that light that is emitted by the one who is loving. John has helped all of humanity to move one step closer to reaching our goal, which is to reach our fullness as one united loving organism.

  6. God’s love is so infinite, so amazing… I see and feel our Father’s love through your words. They tell of your brother’s love and emit of his love and yours from God. Thank you Rachel. Death is defeated through His true love. May we all learn of and express this love as we are called to do. ❤️❤️❤️🌹

  7. So much love and gratitude to you, so sorry to hear of your brothers’ passing on. Your wonderful words spoke right to the heart of my very soul….I too lost 3 brothers young and this is exactly how I felt about them especially David, who was not only my brother but my best friend. I have known a few of these son kissed souls and it was after these passings that I grew the most especially my mothers. Prayers for much peace and comfort and love to you and your family~

    • Thank you so much Bonnie. It is gift to see as you do. And how blessed that you have known these special souls.

      And 3 brothers … do you mind sharing in what ways did you experienced growth?

  8. Sharing this with us… strangers, truly you do us honor by sharing this. I feel like in part, I can’t comprehend the worth of this, just as I can’t comprehend the love of GOD… because it is beyond my comprehension. If I had a sister like your self, I know I to could smile as your brother did there.

    These Scriptures came to mind:

    ‘When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet”- Proverbs 3:24

    “Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes” Psalm 112:8

    “Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”- John 31:23

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