Dec 14 2009

Holiday Greetings – and Thank You

Published by at 10:02 am under Ivan's Story

As many of you know, this has been a challenging year for me. My father died late last year. Then my mother died this past October. And just recently my wife badly broke her wrist, requiring surgery.

But I want to say that you, the entire Poetry Chaikhana community, have meant so much to me through it all. Your warm-hearted notes, your prayers and supportive thoughts, have touched me deeply. So I want to sincerely thank you, and wish you all a new year filled with joy, unexpected blessings, growth-producing challenges, renewed life, and new possibilities!

Please check out this beautiful ecard I am sending to you. I hope it inspires and brings a sense of peaceā€¦

16 responses so far

16 Responses to “Holiday Greetings – and Thank You”

  1. Halimaon 14 Dec 2009 at 11:37 am

    Greetings Ivan,
    and thank you for that lovely e-card, a very peaceful visionary.
    I am grateful for all of your sharings.
    Your precious heart is a welcomed light in my life.
    Blessings for you and your wife in her journey of recovery, and
    know that your beloved parents are serene and joyful, ever at
    your side.

    We are all blessed by God’s gracious Light and Loving Arrangements,

  2. maryann moonon 14 Dec 2009 at 12:00 pm

    And I especially love the words you included with your
    Lawson Christmas card, from Thomas Merton, about when we cease questioning the sun, we then become light,
    wind and all that is holy.

    Thank you. And may your Christmas be serene and full
    of light. maryann

  3. Silvine Farnellon 14 Dec 2009 at 12:33 pm

    awesome Merton quotation–just what I needed to hear this minute! Thanks, love!

  4. Janeon 14 Dec 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Ivan,

    Thank you very much,
    lovely card!

    Always happy with your words of silence …

    much love,

  5. mikkion 14 Dec 2009 at 2:43 pm

    thank ivan, you are so kind & i appreciate all you do. i wish you peace as well. hope that michelles wrist heals quickly & completely, love & blessings, mikki.

  6. artemison 14 Dec 2009 at 4:13 pm

    such a lovely imagine . . growing in such a small garden. Thank you and be well.

  7. Beverlyon 14 Dec 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Thank You for the lovely card and wishes. May you find peace and joy in your life this Christmas season. Bev

  8. laurenon 14 Dec 2009 at 7:58 pm

    thank you Ivan. Blessings to you and yours, Lauren

  9. Nita Mukherjeeon 15 Dec 2009 at 12:53 am

    Hi Ivan,
    Thanks very much for the lovely card and wishes, which I sincerely reciprocate. I hope the new year is truly a new phase in your life, with peace, joy and good health, which I’m sure will surely be with your dear parents’ blessings and intercession.
    I take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful selections and rich resources that you take the trouble to post.
    Best regards,

  10. Aartion 15 Dec 2009 at 6:25 am

    You’re always welcome and thank you for that e-card… It was beautiful.. but then poetic mind has the best knowledge of nature and always chooses the best path..
    Hope you have great holidays and also hope you wife recovers soon.. Give her a best of luck and Get Well Soon from me.

  11. Sunil Uniyalon 15 Dec 2009 at 7:54 am

    Thank you, Ivan, for your lovely e-card and greetings. May God bless you and your family with peace and happiness during the Christmas and the coming year.
    Love and warm regards.

  12. Yewtreeon 17 Dec 2009 at 4:41 am

    Merry Solstice to you and your wife, Ivan, and to all members of the Poetry Chaikhana community. Thanks for all the wonderful and inspirational words.

  13. Moogumon 20 Dec 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Thanks a lot for the greetings. The whole year has been blessed by your selection of sacred poetry, shared with so many. May you be blessed for the wonderful work.

  14. Carol Burnson 26 Dec 2009 at 5:47 am

    Thank you, Ivan for this beautiful card.
    You never cease opening doors for me and I am most grateful. Merton is maybe my favorite writer/poet but this thought is new to me and I will share with my loved ones. I will pray for healing and peace in the upcoming year for you and your loved ones.
    Thank you,

  15. Loredanaon 28 Dec 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you very much for the beautiful e-card. I really appreciate your work, so inspiring. I wish you and your family all the best.
    My regards,

  16. lornaon 11 Jan 2010 at 2:18 am


    I am so sorry to hear about the trials this past year held for you…I pray that courage, and strength, and grace will be yours in this new year.

    Just remember: the sun keeps on rising, there is such a thing as “happily ever after”, resurrection will come.

    Hold on to hope and walk on.

    With every good wish,

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