“Hawaii has the key and that key is ALOHA.”
~ Pilahi Paki
This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.
~ John 3:16
My mother loved Hawaii. It started with the Hawaiian guitar, which she learned to play when she was growing up in Massachusetts. All she ever wanted to do was to go to Hawaii. Hawaiian music filled our home growing up and we all learned the word Aloha and that it meant hello, goodbye, I love you; all at the same time or separate.
Mom made it to Hawaii several times and each time all she wanted was to return. My husband and I took our girls to Hawaii, it was wonderful to have them experience the very essence of paradise in the land and people of Hawaii.
On one of our trips, we learned about the deeper meaning of aloha:
“Alo” means face, presence, front. “Ha” means to breathe. The “Ha” is the breath of God. Each time Aloha is sounded, the very essence of God is echoed. When you speak the word Aloha to another person, you are acknowledging the God within them, and also within yourself, a recognition of the Divinity within all of life. “Aloha” , in the Presence of God!
Hawaii draws me still, and each time I smell pikake, or honeysuckle or plumeria, I think of God. Smells that also bring God to my breathing are pine and citrus. Every time I smell these things, my soul sings aloha!
Today, breathe God in. Let the presence of God fill your lungs, your whole being, the notes that you sing, the children that you see, the everyday jobs and routines you experience.
Aloha my friends. May God be with you in a special way today.
Because of Him,