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                           A few years ago, while in the midst of intense internal spiritual expoloration, I was walking on the vividly green grounds of the hospital where I work. I was engaged in Divine Dialog and at one point, had questioned whether the life changes I sought would ever come to be.  At that moment, a truck rumbled by. The words on it?  Guaranteed Overnight Delivery (G.O.D.) Laughter erupted and I was showered with an awareness that all was well.  Last week, as I was driving, I found myself in that pondering place once again. What should I scan in a parking lot nearby?  The G.O.D. truck. Why do I doubt?


Throughout my life, I have serendipitous experiences that have me shaking my head with a sense of awe and wonder and I appreciate when other people share theirs. One such came today in the form of this missive from a new friend, a singer-songwriter named Ron Chelsvig. I met Ron a few weeks ago at the Brother Sun concert about which I had written in a recent Bliss Blog post.

His facebook posting was prompted by one I had shared in which this profound quote: was offered.

“We are made for goodness. We are made for love…We are made for all of the beautiful things that you and I know. We are made to tell the world that there are no outsiders. All are welcome: black, white, red, yellow, rich, poor, educated, not educated, male, female, gay, straight, all, all, all. We all belong to this family, this human family, God’s family.” ~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu


Ron  shared: “Once at a restaurant a waiter walked by and a $100 bill fell out of his pocket. I picked it up and followed the waiter and told him the money had fallen out of his pocket. He anxiously thanked me and revealed if he had lost that money, he… would have been fired. As I was returning to my seat I saw an older man at the table behind me nod and smile at me approvingly. He looked familiar.

My friend at the table said, “I think Desmond Tutu is sitting behind you.” I realized, “That’s who it is!”

Desmond and his companion finished their meal and stood to leave. I stood as well and walked up to him. I held his hand and thanked him for all of the courageous work he had done in his life. I told him, “I thank God you are in the world.”


Desmond smiled and covered my hand with both of his and said, “I thank God you are in the world.” Then he wrapped his arms around me and we embraced. It was so moving.

Desmond is a special soul.”

And so Ron, are you.  It is all good. It is all God.
What special delivery will you offer today?  What are you willing to receive?
  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Christine Woyner

    This is a considerable thought and will stick with me. It also reminds of something my mothr said, F.R.O.G (Forever rely on God). What is meant by this is people should only rely on the power of the love God offers and not on the matrerial things we expect. If you have hopes and dreams for a better life then F.R.O.G. I pass this on to anyone I know going through a rough time in their life and it seems to give them hope. It has helped me think more positively, and has gotten me where I am today. Thank God!


    Christine Woyner

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sharon

    Thank you for this post today it was definitely what I needed, a sign of assurance how good GOD is. I too was amazed the first time I saw that truck in my area? A dear friend of mine who is no longer with me here on earth was superb with her affirmations. One she always shared and used when talking to people who either lost their way from GOD or didn’t believe at all? She would say use GOD – Good Orderly Direction, simple yet profound. Today was one of doubt, fear & anxiety over a mistake I made at work. I prayed about in attempt to turn it over as well trust the outcome as GOD wills? Well I decided I would have to confess it to my director but I would wait till Monday because this entire week seemed stressful and my VP not in the best mood. I feared she go to him for advisement and I was just too vulnerable to handle a verbal lashing and/or threat of termination. I would carry this burden home for the wknd panicking and anticipating the worst once revealed. Well, I sort of gave her a hint I had this burning issue and would talk to her on Monday?? Well at the end of the day my gut was tuggin at me which I felt it was a sign to air it before I leave. My plan was to stop by her office on my way out, two seconds later she appeared at my office door and by the end of my confession and our conversation I ended up melting which brought tears to her eyes?? GOD’s work at it’s finest, totally HIM revealing our humaness first and for me a relief. I don’t know what the future holds or the final outcome but she freed me up by suggestion we put it on hold and revisit on Monday to resolve it?

  •, Nancy Smeltzer

    I always chuckle at what machinations that Universe must go through to give us messages and how many I must be missing. Once, My healing partner and I were driving down a street, when a fire truck ahead was blocking the street we usually would have gone down. We turned and went down an unfamiliar street, and there on the marquee out in front of small church, in the title of the upcoming Sunday’s sermon, was the answer to the question we had been trying to answer. If we had left the house at a different time, if the fire hadn’t started, or if the minister had picked a different sermon earlier in the week, I’m sure the Universe would have gotten us the answer but I find it amusing at how many answers are all around us, but mostly inside….:)

  • Edie Weinstein

    Thank you both for your insightful comments. I love acronyms that help me to reclaim my memory since I do get spiritual amnesia from time to time. It is my safety net when I get wobbly. I grew up with a solid sense of spirituality. Went to Hebrew school until I was 16 and to synagogue with my parents throughout my life. I also attended church services with various friends and celebrated holidays with my parents’ friends, such as Christmas and Easter. I also wondered how Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny knew to leave gifts and goodies at other people’s houses for two little Jewish girls (my younger sister and myself). There was always room at our Passover Seder for our friends and my parents’ friends regardless of religious beliefs. They modeled acceptance and walked the talk, truly living from the heart, their spiritual beliefs. They were life long volunteers and when they ‘retired’ and moved to Florida in 1989, my Dad would dress up as Santa Claus (needing to be stuffed with a pillow, since he was compact) and they would give out Easter candy while volunteering at the Easter egg hunt. It is no wonder that I grew up to embrace many teachings, to become an interfaith minister.

    When I turn things over to The God of my understanding, and realllllllyyyy let it go, there is a sense of surrender and things work out, no matter what my vision for how it ‘should’ be.

    This kind of conversation enriches us all.



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dan

    Thanks Christine, Sharon, Nancy, and Edie! Reminds me of my own convictions about how our lives are improved by listening to God, and sharing our bliss, our gifts from God. :)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nina Anderson

    My, my. How wonderful this posting is. As well as the responses. This is actually an answer to something a friend and I have been discussing for the past few days. We were discussing, only yesterday, if there is any decency left in humans. The G.O.D. and F.R.O.G. acronyms also remind me of one a friend used at an engagement party. T.I.M.E. (Trust In My Experience). All too often as humans we have our hand in the pot instead of trusting that GOD will supply us with everything we need in HIS time. What seems to be an eternity to us…is certainly and “overnight delivery”. We can “Forever Rely On God” to supply answers to our inquiries and all needs and desires of our hearts to be met.

    My heart is so full of joy. My spirit indeed knows that all is well.

  • Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW

    When we pray, in whatever form that takes, why wouldn’t we expect an answer? Another acronym another friend shared with me, when I am in bliss while driving on the way home from enriching experiences, was D.R.U.I.D (DRiving Under The Influence of Deity).

    Dan…I am looking forward to profiling you in the Living Their Bliss entry for the Bliss Blog…eagerly awaiting the answers to the questions I sent you:) <3

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