We are entering a time of Light in the World…The Winter Solstice, Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.
If each of us commits to shining our light throughout the year we can make a real difference in 2017.
As Mary Oliver said, “That light is an invitation to happiness, and that happiness, when it’s done right, is a kind of holiness, palpable and redemptive.”
On Wednesday December 21st at 5:44 am we celebrate the Winter Solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the longest night of the year. Our ancestors believed the people must help the Light to be reborn, by honoring this time of darkness and keeping hope and faith alive.
Christmas celebrates the birth of the Divine Light in the Christian World and honors Christ as the Light of the World.
Chanukah is another festival of Light and takes place this year at the same time as Christmas Eve on December 24th. It is a time of potentiality and miracles.
For those of you who don’t know the story, in the second century BCE the Seleucids tried to force the people of Israel to accept their Greek culture and beliefs. Judah the Maccabee brought together a small band of faithful Jews and defeated this mighty army against all odds. When they went to light the Temple’s Menorah, they found there was only enough oil for one night, yet miraculously it lasted for 8 days.
Kwanzaa will be celebrated from December 26th to January 1st. It was created to honor the values of ancient African Culture. Each day for 7 days a candle is lit to celebrate the principles of building a strong family and community.
May we all celebrate the re-emergence of light to give us hope at this time in history.
As I said in my sermon on Sunday at Unity of NY, as you light candles or turn on your Christmas lights, make them a beacon of hope.
Send light to Standing Rock. Send light to the refugees of the world. Send light to the children. Send light to the homeless and sick. Send light to the Earth. Send light to our political system. Send light to your family, friends and community. Send light wherever there is prejudice or injustice.
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