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Blue Christmas & Winter Solstice

December 22, 2018

The Solstice Full Moon was rising in the East as I made my way to church tonight. It had been a day of mixed emotions. In part it was frantic and hurried preparations for family arrivals. In part it was wonderful music with dear friends. Then the drive to church and preparations for the Blue Christmas Service.

As I began the liturgy, my throat caught as I read and led the first prayer. This is the second Christmas without my Mom. This is the first Christmas without my Mother-in-Law.

As we lit candles, remembered, sang, and prayed my mind went back. There have been so many who we have lost in the last year. There have been so many who I have buried in the last three years here. So many friends, classmates, and colleagues to remember as the candles were lit.

Now as I contemplate and pray, I seek the light which shines even in the darkness. As preparations for Sunday worship and Christmas Eve continue, help me, Lord, to seek out and find moments of quiet contemplation.

As Howard Thurman reminds us in his poem, Christmas Returns:

Christmas returns, as it always does, with its assurance that life is good.
It is the time of lift to the spirit,
When the mind feels its way into the commonplace,
And senses the wonder of simple things: an evergreen tree,
Familiar carols, merry laughter.
It is the time of illumination,
When candles burn, and old dreams
Find their youth again.
It is the time of pause,
When forgotten joys come back to mind, and past
dedications renew their claim.
It is the time of harvest for the heart,
When faith reaches out to mantle all high endeavor,
And love whispers its magic word to everything that breathes.
Christmas returns, as it always does, with its assurance that life is good.

May it return in your hearts with the same reminder, dear reader. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

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