|CHRISTMAS EVE |
SPIRIT OF UNITY
Join us for a time of quiet, prayerful celebration of
A Simple Christmas
Sat. Dec. 24
78 North Moodus Rd
There will be no services on Sunday.
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"At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden, the holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the rays of hope and light. Indeed, the physical darkness of this time of year can be a metaphor for the darkness that often envelopes us at times of illness and loss of a loved one, when the world sometimes feels dark and cold. At such times, we yearn for the sun, and the light and warmth that it provides. Often, it is through simple and unrecognized miracles that we are able to feel the warmth of hope and light." ~ Rabbi Rafael Goldstein
| John 1:9|
The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world.
| Solstice Thought|
The winter solstice has long been celebrated as the birth of the sun, of light, of life itself.
| Blessings to You!|
One day, when I was about 10 years old, I was walking home from school and reciting prayers, as was my habit. I have no clue why or how I ever started, it is simply something I did. I was reciting the Lord's Prayer, which in the Catholic faith is called the Our Father. As I said the words "Our Father..." my mind was suddenly illumined...I realized that Jesus said OUR Father, not MY Father. From that day on, I have seen our Oneness reaffirmed in every aspect of my spiritual exploration.
The "trinity" of spiritual practices and beliefs unfolding right now is a perfect example of that Oneness. We are all celebrating the return of the Light.
During the eight day Hanukkah celebration, people of the Jewish faith light candles each night, commemorating a miracle in the blessing of the Temple after it was reclaimed from the Greeks who had taken it over. The problem was that the purification ritual required the lamp in the Temple burn for eight days and eight nights, but there was only one day's oil. Yet the people engaged their faith, and God provided, and the oil lasted through the eight days and nights.
We can see the kernel of Truth that applies to all people, that when we have faith and reclaim the "temple," of our spiritual identity, God will provide the light for the purification even if we feel "drained" of our holy oil.
On Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus; which Christians call the coming of the Light of the World. The Light that Jesus brought is illumination; the "heart," or understanding of the "law," or principle.He did not just teach and preach, he proved the teaching through practice and demonstration.
In Unity we celebrate the renewed awareness of the Christ within each of us. What Paul called "Christ in you, your hope of glory." Jesus taught us that we are the light of the world, and to let our light shine, so that all can see the good that we do and give glory of God.
It is said that on the first Christmas morning, angels sang, "Glory to God in the Highest, and Peace on Earth to men of good will." Simply put, if we our lives as men...and women...of good will, there will be Peace on Earth. Cause sent forth: good will. Effect: Peace on Earth.
Today, Dec. 22nd, is the longest night of the year. From this day on, until the Summer Solstice, the days will get longer. Between now and then we are likely facing some cold and dark days and nights, but we do so knowing that the Light is coming...that the cycle of life will keep rolling on.
The light depravation of long, dark, winter nights can bring darkness to our minds and hearts. Yet Spiritual enlightenment can banish the darkness. Christmas is such a wonderful time to open ourselves to Illumination, and banish the darkness we call ignorance. Some of the wonderful ways we can to do this are through daily prayer & meditation, reading uplifting, inspiring spiritual books, listening to inspiring music, etc.
Can you see the Thread of Truth that runs through each religious or spiritual celebration is the same? It is the coming of Light, of Illumination. The more I learn about the religions of the world, the more I see that there are more ways we are the same than different. We do not have to convert to a different faith to respect it. We only need to be open to learning.
If you have friends or family members of different faiths, I invite you to look for the Thread of Truth; the ways we are alike, rather than arguing about the ways we are different. Look at the core of the celebration, and see if it can teach you new ways to express your faith. True faith is expanded and strengthened by exploration, not threatened.
May your holiday be filled with Light and Love.
Let YOUR Light shine!