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Merry Christmas – A Reflection

December 20, 2019

Tonight we attended the performance of Act 1, Scene 1 (The Party) of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite at the church. Two very dear friends of ours are co-directors and creators of Ballet Renaissance which is a non-profit that seeks to teach and mentor young kids in our community through dance. It was truly a wonderful blessing of this Holy Season of anticipation.

It was such a blessing in the midst of so much turmoil and unrest in this country and world. Despite headlines and hatred, these children shared the true beauty of the dance. It was almost as if the children were inviting us into the joy of the cosmic dance which Thomas Merton talked about. To quote further, he said — Indeed, we are in the midst of it {the Cosmic Dance} and it is in the midst of us, for it beats in our very blood, whether we want it to or not.

As we approach Christmas, there is so much going on. In the midst of preparations we can lose sight of the true meaning of this season. Tonight the children helped us to remember the simple joy of this season as they invited us to join in the Cosmic Dance.

Merton is joined in my reflection by Howard Thurman. He says the following in his book The Mood of Christmas — There is a strange irony in the usual salutation of “Merry Christmas,” when most of the people on this planet are thrown back upon themselves for food which they do not possess, for resources that have long since been exhausted, and for vitality which has already run its course. Despite this fact, Christmas symbolizes hope even at a moment when Hope seems utterly fantastic. The raw material of the Christmas mood are a newborn baby, a family, friendly animals, and labor.

The children and adults who danced tonight reminded me of the hope, joy, and beauty of this season. For this I am truly thankful.

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