Living in the sun

images-1In The Pigeon with the Ruby Collar, the prince, who because of war and upheaval has been shut up in a dungeon, has not seen the sun for years, and developed sun-sickness because of it. He cannot be exposed to the light of day lest it kill him. So he stays in his study with the shades drawn, writing books on government and war.


Suddenly, much to his surprise, the Pigeon with the Ruby Collar bursts into his room through the shades of an open window with a message from Princess Jocelyn Anne. She is alive and well and wants to see him. So he travels to her castle in a carriage with the shades drawn down.

When he arrives, he finds himself in a long line of the sick and suffering who are waiting for Princess Jocelyn Anne to come down the stairs and heal them with her magic touch. But, as it turns out, it isn’t magic after all; it is Goodness and Love. “For Princess Jocelyn Anne is life-giving Goodness, which is Love. There is no difference, and its source is the Creator who lives forever.”

By her presence, she beckons me and all of her household into our own places within the Goodness. And this calls us to work and dance and live in the sun — to have joy again instead of fear.”

The key phrase being: “by her presence.” The key to Princess Jocelyn Anne’s healing power is the presence of the Good in her, which is also Love.

Princess Jocelyn Anne, therefore, is a picture of the difference each of us can make in the world because of the power of the Holy Spirit in us. It’s not magic; it’s the Lord, and His presence affects people around us; sometimes when we don’t even realize it. What’s necessary is to get ourselves in relationship with others; the Holy Spirit will do the rest. Open those curtains and let the sun in. And then get out of that dark place. Leave the fear behind and get out where the joy is. He shows up, when we show up, because He is in us.

“Once a year I travel to visit the Princess in her room in the tower and to talk, and the light of the fire and a lamp, like the sun, can be seen from her window for miles.”th-5

 

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2 Responses to Living in the sun

  1. I’m reminded about the story of Zach Sobiech, a teenager who died in 2013 after battling cancer. Zach’s final months were made into a documentary and his song “Clouds,” inspired by his experience, went to number one on iTunes.
    What made Zach’s story so compelling is that as he was dying, he taught what it meant to truly live. He said these words: “What makes you happy is seeing someone smile because you put it there. That’s what’s awesome about living in this world – it’s that you can help people.”
    Zach also said, “I want everyone to know that you don’t need to find out you’re dying to start living.”

    We can all start living by helping others. Today and every day, bring joy to another person. Make someone’s day a bit brighter. Let’s not wait until it’s too late to appreciate this opportunity. So many people live their lives focused on making their material conditions better only to find out at the end that none of it really matters. Instead, let’s focus on making someone else’s life better – that’s what living is all about.
    (Excerpted from “Holy Land Moments – What It’s All About”)

    “Clouds” – Lyrics by Zach Sobiech:

    I fell down, down, down
    Into this dark and lonely hole
    There was no one there to care about me anymore
    And I needed a way to climb and grab a hold of the edge
    You were sitting there holding a rope
    And we’ll go up, up, up
    But I’ll fly a little higher
    Go up in the clouds because the view’s a little nicer
    Up here my dear
    It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now
    When we get back on land
    Well I’ll never get my chance
    Be ready to live and it’ll be ripped right out of my hands
    And maybe someday we’ll take a little ride
    Go up, up, up and everything will be just fine
    And we’ll go up, up, up
    But I’ll fly a little higher
    Go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
    Up here my dear
    It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now
    If only I had a little bit more time
    If only I had a little bit more time with you
    It could go up, up, up
    Then take that little ride
    We’ll sit there holding hands
    And everything would be just right
    And maybe someday I’ll see you again
    We’ll float up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end
    We’ll go up, up, up
    But I’ll fly a little higher
    Go up in the clouds because the view’s a little nicer
    Up here my dear
    It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now…

    Songwriters: ZACH SOBIECH
    © ROUND HILL MUSIC

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