Spiritual Coaching Vol 2 #217 Pine… http://www.dennymeyer.me
Artificial trees leave me unfulfilled. I know it’s a safety issue for some, and there are allergies people have to deal with, and it is clumsy and cumbersome to cope with all the needles – but I need this little bit of reality in my Christmas. Authenticity is so important with life and it is in short supply these days. I had a friend who used to buy a tree with the root ball and then plant it after Christmas – I always thought that was a great idea if you had places to plant them but just the tree being real is a reminder of the eternal nature and meaning of this season. No Advent and Christmas season would be complete for me without one viewing of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “A Christmas Carol,” and a real tree. I am transported back in time as these elements come together.
It sounds like snow is on the way, too. Thursday and Friday may bring us a “lake effect” system which could mean three to six inches of snow. All the elements are in alignment now. So it’s time to get my life, my thoughts, and my prayers in alignment as well. A non-religious friend of mine told me that he loves to celebrate Christmas. His statement to me was, “What’s not to celebrate with Jesus? He was a man of peace, the story was that he healed people, he hated violence, and he loved children – what’s not to like? I think we should all celebrate that kind of hero.” Pretty authentic from someone who doesn’t practice any “religion.” Jesus in his essence is “that kind of hero.” He want us to practice peace with each other – turning the other cheek is not easy when someone cuts you off or cuts in line. It isn’t easy to listen to someone’s opinion you don’t agree with but then to live in a “civil society” has an expectation that we pursue what is good and right and find a common ground to inhabit.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12) True light enlightens our world. As the days get shorter and shorter we need to remember that light within us and let it shine. C.S. Lewis wrote, “If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.” Life does have meaning – and we can bring that light to others who need it. Enjoy these days before Christmas and for those who love light remember December 21, 2012 at 7:11AM is the Winter Solstice – the days will be getting longer after that.