December 2020

Greetings and good morning from the beautiful Bitterroot Valley!  I recently received an email from a man named Bill.  With his permission, I am sharing it here today.

            “Hello dear Gloria, I have been wanting to communicate with you for the last couple of weeks, so here goes.  From my earliest memories, I have always been focused on spirituality.  I remember being seven years old and getting ready for my first communion in the Catholic Church.  I didn’t think of it at all as receiving bread or a wafer.  I believed and knew it was Jesus coming into my heart.  Around age 19, I decided to be a priest and I probably would’ve become one if I didn’t meet my future wife in college.  God prepared the way for me on that one, because I would’ve been miserable as a priest in a church that was going backwards rather than forwards in terms of becoming more fundamentalist and dogmatic.

            Anyway, despite over 60 years of being a spiritual seeker, I never had a real-life teacher that I could talk to and interact with.  Through the grace of God, you have fulfilled that role for me.  Since I met you, my spiritual awakening has been rapidly accelerated.  By your encouraging me in how to connect with God in the morning when I wake up, I have the most awesome experiences to begin each day.  As I mentioned at an earlier time, I go into a different consciousness to receive the Word of God.  I then write it down as best I can remember and I have about eight months of journaling that is still the most amazing thing I have ever experienced. 

I also have dozens of songs that I have written that I sing during the day to help me remember who I am and live that Presence.  Finally, I also have a wonderful time at night before I go to sleep to connect with God that is similar to the morning.

Despite the pandemic, on most days I feel whole, uplifted, fulfilled, and joyful.  I also feel that there is a love-light that has expanded my heart to the point where I am glowing on the inside and shining on the outside.  So I just wanted to tell you that and express my thanks from the bottom of my heart for your assistance in this regard.

I hope you are thriving and I send you all my love, peace, light and gratitude.  Bill

P.S.  If you have time, please send a few lines about what is happening in your life.”

As the instrument who had the pleasure of getting a book dictated through me, allowing others simple A, B, C’s and 1, 2, 3’s of HOW TO CONNECT TO GOD, I am the one who just obeyed His guidance.  The night this information decided to be born to paper, I was watching a movie with a houseguest.  I startled myself at a commercial break by saying, “I need to go to the office.  I have to write another book.”  I was stunned, actually.  I hadn’t been planning on writing one.  I didn’t have a title or even a hint of what I would write about, but I came into the office.

I sat staring at the screen on the computer.  Normally, if I have a title, I have an entire book inside me.  Or a fairytale.  I typed a title onto the screen and backspaced it, deleting with a million reasons why no one would pick up a book with that name.  I typed another and backspaced.  I typed the original thought and the words followed, “I am being called to write another book.”

“GUTS & GLORI(A)” From Fear … to Eternity had been shelved for seven months while I took three of those months and went on the road to promote the Global 8 Prayer/Peace Movement.  It had been edited only halfway through and I had fully convinced myself to throw it into the trash and just start anew.  All my judgments about the length of it were clouding my perception.  I asked the Editor of this newspaper to review it for me.  LuAnn Stallcop emailed me saying, “You have put so much information in this book, you would never have to write another one.”  In my mind, her sing-songy voice followed, “But you will . . .”

Yep.  Fully convinced, I decided to trash it and then “God showed up” and told me to give this book freely to the world.  Repeated comments via email/phone/texts come to my attention how people’s lives are being transformed from medical cure miracles to Divine Justice being served.  Letters like Bill’s shows up repetitiously.   But, “Gloria” doesn’t get credit for this.  God does.  The ONLY part I played in this was to obey the guidance and inner impulses as taught in this writing.

Jumping ahead to see how all this goes full circle, I am sharing a writing I read this morning.  With all the crazy stuff going on with the pandemic and politically, I daily inspire and give hope to individuals that God has all this under control no matter what the outer appearances may suggest.

Written by Hilaria Hamm Rogers . . . may this article inspire you throughout these holidays!

The old man sat in his gas station on a cold Christmas Eve.  He hadn’t been anywhere in years since his wife had passed away.  It was just another day to him.  He didn’t hate Christmas, just couldn’t find a reason to celebrate.  He was sitting there looking at the snow that had been falling for the last hour and wondering what it was all about when the door opened and a homeless man stepped through.

Instead of throwing the man out, Old George as he was known by his customers, told the man to come and sit by the heater and warm up.  “Thank you, but I don’t mean to intrude,” said the stranger.  “I see you’re busy, I’ll just go.”  “Not without something hot in your belly,” George said.

He turned and opened a wide mouth Thermos and handed it to the stranger.  “It ain’t much, but it’s hot and tasty.  Stew … made it myself.  When you’re done, there’s coffee and it’s fresh.”

Just at that moment, he heard the “ding” of the driveway bell.  “Excuse me, be right back,” George said.  There in the driveway was an old ’53 Chevy.  Steam was rolling out of the front.  The driver panicked, “Mister, can you help me!” said the driver, with a deep Spanish accent.  “My wife is with child and my car is broken.”  George opened the hood.  It was bad.  The block looked cracked from the cold, the car was dead.  “You ain’t going in this thing,” George said as he turned away.”

“But Mister, please help …”  The door of the office closed behind George as he went inside.  He went to the office wall and got the keys to his old truck and went back outside.  He walked around the building, opened the garage, started the truck and drove it around to where the couple was waiting.  “Here, take my truck,” he said.  “She ain’t the best thing you ever looked at, but she runs real good.”

George helped put the woman in the truck and watched as it sped off into the night.  He turned and walked back inside the office.  “Glad I gave ‘em the truck, their tires were shot too.   That ‘ol truck was brand new.”  George thought he was talking to the stranger, but the man had gone.  The Thermos was on the desk, empty, with a used coffee cup beside it.  “Well, at least he got something in his belly,” George thought.

George went back outside to see if the old Chevy would start.  It cranked slowly, but it started.  He pulled it into the garage where the truck had been.  He thought he would tinker with it for something to do.  Christmas Eve meant no customers.  He discovered the block hadn’t cracked, it was just the bottom hose on the radiator.  “Well, shoot, I can fix this,” he said to himself.  So he put a new one on.

“Those tires ain’t gonna get ‘em through the winter either.”  He took the snow treads off of his wife’s old Lincoln.  They were like new and he wasn’t going to drive the car anyway.

As he was working he heard shots being fired.  He ran outside and beside a police car, an officer lay on the cold ground.  Bleeding from the left shoulder, the officer moaned, “Please help me.”

George helped the officer inside as he remembered the training he had received in the Army as a medic.  He knew the wound needed attention.  “Pressure to stop the bleeding,” he thought.  The uniform company had been there that morning and had left clean shop towels.  He used those and duct tape to bind the wound.  “Hey, they say duct tape can fix anythin’,” he said, trying to make the policeman feel at ease.

“Something for pain,” George thought.  All he had was the pills he used for his back.  “These ought to work.”  He put some water in a cup and gave the policeman the pills.  “You hang in there, I’m going to get you an ambulance.”

The phone was dead.  “Maybe I can get one of your buddies on that there talk box out in your car.”  He went out only to find that a bullet had gone into the dashboard destroying the two way radio.

He went back in to find the policeman sitting up.  “Thanks,” said the officer.  “You could have left me there.  The guy that shot me is still in the area.

George sat down beside him, “I would never leave an injured man in the Army and I ain’t gonna leave you.”  George pulled back the bandage to check for bleeding.  “Looks worse than what it is.  Bullet passed right through ya.  Good thing it missed the important stuff though.  I think with time, you’re gonna be right as rain.”

George got up and poured a cup of coffee.  “How do you take it?” he asked.  “None for me” said the officer.  “Oh, yer gonna drink this.  Best in the city.  Too bad I ain’t got no donuts.”  The officer laughed and winced at the same time.

The front door of the office flew open.  In burst a young man with a gun.  “Give me all your cash!  Do it now!” the young man yelled.  His hand was shaking and George could tell that he had never done anything like this before.

“That’s the guy that shot me!” exclaimed the officer.

“Son, why are you doing this?” asked George, “You need to put the cannon away.  Somebody else might get hurt.”

The young man was confused.  “Shut up old man, or I’ll shoot you, too.  Now give me the cash!”

The cop was reaching for his gun.  “Put that thing away,” George said to the cop, “we got one too many in here now.”

He turned his attention to the young man.  “Son, its Christmas Eve.  If you need money, well then, here.  It ain’t much, but it’s all I got.  Now put that pea shooter away.”

George pulled $150 out of his pocket and handed it to the young man, reaching for the barrel of the gun at the same time.  The young man released his grip on the gun, fell to his knees and began to cry.  “I’m not very good at this, am I?  All I wanted was to buy something for my wife and son,” he went on.  “I’ve lost my job, my rent is due, and my car got repossessed last week.”

George handed the gun to the cop.  “Son, we all get in a bit of squeeze now and then.  The road gets hard sometimes, but we make it through the best we can.”

He got the young man to his feet, and sat him down on a chair across from the cop.  “Sometimes we do stupid things.”  George handed the young man a cup of coffee.  “Bein’ stupid is one of the things that makes us human.  Comin’ in here with a gun ain’t the answer.  Now sit there and get warm and we’ll sort this thing out.”

The young man had stopped crying.  He looked over to the cop.  “Sorry I shot you.  It just went off.  I’m sorry officer.”  “Shut up and drink your coffee,” the cop said.  George could hear the sounds of sirens outside.  A police car and an ambulance skidded to a halt.  Two cops came through the door, guns drawn.  “Chuck!  You okay?” one of the cops asked the wounded officer.

“Not bad for a guy who took a bullet.  How did you find me?”

“GPS located in the car.  Best thing since sliced bread.  Who did this?” the other cop asked as he approached the young man.

Chuck answered him, “I don’t know.  The guy ran off into the dark.  Just dropped his gun and ran.”

George and the young man both looked puzzled at each other.

“That guy work here?” the wounded cop continued, “Yep,” George said, “just hired him this morning.  Boy lost his job.”

The paramedics came in and loaded Chuck onto the stretcher.  The young man leaned over the wounded cop and whispered, “Why?”

            Chuck just said, “Merry Christmas boy … and you too, George, and thanks for everything.”

            “Well, looks like you got one doozy of a break there.  That ought to solve some of your problems.”

            George went into the back room and came out with a box.  He pulled out a ring box.  “Here you go, something for the little woman.  I don’t think Martha would mind.  She said it would come in handy someday.”

            The young man looked inside to see the biggest diamond ring he ever saw.  “I can’t take this,” said the young man.  “It means something to you.”

            “And now it means something to you,” replied George.  “I got my memories.  That’s all I need.”

            George reached into the box again.  An airplane, a car and a truck appeared next.  They were toys that the oil company had left for him to sell.  “Here’s something for that little man of yours.”

            The young man began to cry again as he handed back the $150 that the old man had handed him earlier.

            “And what are you supposed to buy Christmas dinner with?  You keep that too,” George said.  “Now git home to your family.”

            The young man turned with tears streaming down his face.  “I’ll be here in the morning for work, if that job offer is still good.”

            “Nope.  I’m closed Christmas day,” George said, “See ya the day after.”

            George turned around to find that the stranger had returned.  “Where’d you come from?  I thought you left?”

            “I have been here.  I have always been here,” said the stranger.  “You say you don’t celebrate Christmas.  Why?”

            “Well, after my wife passed away, I just couldn’t see what all the bother was.  Puttin’ up a tree and all seemed a waste of a good pine tree.  Bakin’ cookies like I used to with Martha just wasn’t the same by myself and besides, I was getting’ a little chubby.”

            The stranger put his hand on George’s shoulder.  “But you do celebrate the holiday, George.  You gave me food and drink and warmed me when I was cold and hungry.  The woman with child will bear a son and he will become a great doctor.

            The policeman you helped will go on to save 19 people from being killed by terrorists.  The young man who tried to rob you will make you a rich man and not take any for himself.  “That is the spirit of the season and you keep it as good as any man.”

            “Trust me, George.  I have the inside track on this sort of thing.  And when your days are done, you will be with Martha again.”

            The stranger moved toward the door.  “If you will excuse me, George, I have to go now.  I have to go home where there is a big celebration planned.”

            George watched as the old leather jacket and the torn pants that the stranger was wearing turned into a white robe.  A golden light began to fill the room.

            “You see, George … it’s My birthday.  Merry Christmas.”

            George fell to his knees and replied, “Happy Birthday, Lord Jesus.”

            Merry Christmas!!  This story is better than any greeting card.

            Coming full circle back to Bill . . . he wanted to call me for 14 years and just so happened to do so in 2019.  Until he reads these words, he will never know the impact he had on my life and gifts on that fateful day.  Following my husband’s death and going down the rabbit hole after the assault, without access to my gifts, Bill’s call came.  He scheduled an appointment for a private healing.  My first in 14 years.  Not knowing if I was still able to be used as an instrument for miracles, I agreed to him coming to my home.  During that session, we experienced the Presence of God together.  My self-confidence was restored. I went public again and wrote three more books…one of which touched Bill’s life in a profound way.  Because of Bill, how many more people will be blessed?  Only God knows…

            When we are led by the Spirit of God, trusting, obeying the inner voice, and taking action on the motivation through those inner impulses, miracles happen and the supernatural becomes a part of our life’s experience.  Through all of the confusion occurring in our nation, it is my belief that this column here today will be of great significance.  May it remind each of us throughout these coming days that what appears tragic to individuals or to a nation – that He can use it for His Greater Good, allowing these situations to bring out the best in all of us.

            Until next month, take care . . . I care . . .


Gloria D. Benish, Ph.D.