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If you’re looking for a liberal religious community that is a “Welcoming Congregation,” sees the sacred in the ordinary, draws wisdom from many religions, celebrates children, enjoys music, works for peace and justice and encourages every person to follow their own reason and conscience then you may have found your spiritual home.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
What is it that makes the holidays so challenging, really? That depends on your expectations of yourself and others, and whether or not you have little children at home whose eyes are bright with Christmas fantasies and who are already making out lists for Santa.
There may be shopping you feel pressured to get done. Wrapping and sending of gifts. (Oh, how I hate wrapping!) Extra cooking, baking and the attendant feasting. Parties on the calendar, and babysitters to be hired, or no invitations at all when you’d like some. Snow tires to put on the car. Less daylight and more dark to cope with.
Even if you choose to opt out of a lot of the customary holiday responsibilities, or if your life situation does not expose you to many of them, there is an undeniable psychic burden to the holidays. It comes, I think, from our attention to the holy in the midst of the mundane that manages to make itself known to our collective unconscious even when we have determinedly secular observances. It isn’t just the “Christ in Christmas” that nudges the soul toward a deeper, more poignant season, it is the dark itself, and the many sacred stories of light that comes into the world, or lights that cannot be extinguished, or holding a light aloft for a Redeemer we cannot help but wish would be born to lead the world out of its brokenness.
O Come, Emanuel!
Our tradition teaches us that each night a child is born is a holy night. Each child – and you and I – contain a shard of the radiance that is the original blessing of creation. It is no surprise, then, that as we run around trying to make the perfect holidays or trying to avoid the insanely high expectations of them, we yearn for evidence of divinity, or holiness, of light to break through to us for just a moment – a real and blazing moment.
I hope and pray that the radiance of such a moment will be made real for each and every one of you in an unexpected moment, and that you will feel the presence of love and blessing in some way that stays with you, and that warms you for a long time in the recollection of it.
Please stay close over the holidays. Let us seek the radiance together in community.
In faith, hope and love,
~ Rev. Vicki