Prayer For Michael

Justine with Drum

As most of you know, my dear partner of 41 years, Michael, passed away on Jan 24th peacefully in his sleep.  He had been experiencing a slow but steady decline in his health for some time due to diabetes.

On Wednesday January 30th I, along with some close friends attended his cremation.  It was poignant and powerful.   Five of my circle sisters  joined me to drum Michael into the ethers. They included Alexandra Hart, Suzette Burrous, Ronita Johnson, Tami Wands, and Giovanna Pierine.  The sun was out, the breeze was gentle, birds were singing, and crows added their voice to the drum song.

There are moments when grief takes me over like a rogue wave and I suddenly find myself out to sea.  But most of the time I’m doing well.  I feel I’m in a period of grace where only love and appreciation for Michael, for my friends, and for my work exists.

For the past year I’ve taken over more and more of the work of New Dimensions as Michael has stepped back and relinquished more and more of his duties.  I’m looking forward to this new year with enthusiasm and curiosity.  I love the work that Michael and I have created together and fully expect, goddess willing, to continue it.

As his body was transferred to the crematory my friends drummed as I chanted three times the Tibetan prayer to Guru Rinpoche. My voice was surprisingly strong. It felt as if I was taken over by a mysterious force as the chant echoed off the walls of the room in an invocation, announcing to the heavens that Michael is joining the ancestors. We then recited three Hail Marys to honor Michael’s Catholic roots (covering all the bases). These were followed by my reading a prayer I wrote especially for Michael invoking Our Lady of Guadalupe who was special to him and who led him through many trials and challenges.  He called on her often.

O God, holy spirit, great creative energy of the universe, universal love, thank you for bestowing upon us unceasing favors by having placed us under the special protection of the Most Blessed feminine deity known as Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is our prayer that Michael is now rejoicing in seeing her face to face and is held in her most loving arms.
Amen

I thank each of you who have written, prayed, and stood with me at this time. A public memorial will be held to honor Michael on March 9, 2013, at the place it all began, the First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Francisco. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to New Dimensions Radio at www.newdimensions.org to continue the important work that Michael started.

Justine Willis Toms, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Managing Producer and Host
New Dimensions

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5 Responses to “Prayer For Michael”

  1. GailDStorey@gmail.com February 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM #

    Thank you for your heart-filled Prayer for Michael. I’m especially inspired by your sharing that “I feel I’m in a period of grace where only love and appreciation for Michael, for my friends, and for my work exists.” What a blessing for us all that you’ll continue (yes, goddess willing!) the work you and Michael created together. Love, peace, and gratitude.

  2. HelenBarnett February 16, 2013 at 8:41 PM #

    Dear Justine, I’ve only just discovered you and Michael and am looking forward to listening to many of your interviews and sharing them with my friends. I was saddened to learn of Michael’s passing and am sending my love and supportive energy to you in this time of transition. Blessings on your way, Helen

  3. lauraycox February 21, 2013 at 6:13 PM #

    Justine,

    I hope this note finds you well in your time of grief. I loved reading the story of how you drummed him into the ethers. Michael was so fortunate to have your love. I want to send all my love and let you know you are in my prayers as is Michael. How exciting for him to be with the ascended masters and all the angels and saints I am sure.
    Sincerely,
    Laura Cox

  4. mariannesaieg@mac.com December 21, 2013 at 10:02 AM #

    Dear Justine,

    For many years I listened to Michael on the radio. He was a soothing and loving presence. His soul came through the waves. I thank him and you for your gifts shared so generously with the world so in need of giftedness.
    I pray for you Justine…for healing and love. I just now learned of Michaels passing.

    Peace and all good things!

    Sister Marianne

  5. justine toms December 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM #

    Dear Marianne,
    Thank you for your prayers and your sweet remembrance of Michael and his gift. As you know I’m carrying the torch of the work we started together. I feel his presence from the great beyond encouraging me.
    Many blessings to you,
    Justine

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