There are many things I am grateful for, but what I want to focus on here is the gratitude that I have for my oldest daughter, Elizabeth. Our relationship has weathered so many emotional experiences for both of us — from total elation on the day of her birth, complete awe and exhilaration during her growing up years, to anxiousness and outright fear and complete despair during her teenage years, to absolute shock and total sadness at her sudden departure, and finally the learning and growth we have both experienced as we sought to establish and maintain our present relationship on both sides of the veil. I often wonder which one of us has learned the most through our experiences of the last 29 years.

I have come to believe that Elizabeth and I made a soul contract before we both came into this lifetime. We each agreed upon the scenario that was put before us, always with the understanding that we were each free to exercise our own free will to change the agreed upon learning scenarios that we had set up in Spirit.

What also brings me to my knees many times over is my deep gratitude and appreciation for the role that The Divine has played in our lives. Spirit truly has been the third person behind the scenes in so many ways. God opened the doors for both of us and presented us with many opportunities to learn, grow and love. What more can one ask for on a return visit to this earth plane? It has always been our own choice as to whether we would accept the challenge put before us, or to decide that no, this is something I’m not willing to do. And saying no is never right nor is it wrong — it is merely a different choice.

The times when I doubted myself, doubted Liz and even doubted the Divine were all learning experiences. When I said, “Yes, I’m in” and I prepared in earnest and was able to complete the divine task given me, I was rewarded by a complete sense of love, validation and confirmation that what I see and feel is real. The feeling that you have pleased The Divine is a feeling of exhilaration like no other; it is as close to pure joy as one can achieve on this earth…. I can scarcely comprehend how wonderful this feeling must be in Spirit.

Gratitude appears in many forms. Once a task has been completed, I anxiously await my next assignment. However, my next assignment may not present itself for some time. Continuous communication through prayer and meditation with The Divine is reward in itself when it becomes a daily practice. You no longer feel alone — but you are guided every minute of every day by a force more powerful than any other — Love. When you learn to live in love, view the world and everyone in it in love, life becomes a joyous adventure.

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Kimberly Wencl is a Homestead Hospice House Volunteer, a writer and a speaker who lives in southern Minnesota. Visit her website, Love Lives On, at kimwencl.com.

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