Every year on Christmas Eve, the world turns away from the bustle and the noise, away from shopping malls and traffic jams, away from the cacophony of daily life. There seems to be that moment when spirit moves across the surface of the earth and there is sweet stillness, the immense anticipation of the grand arrival.
Here is that sweet time again, the last delivery truck has come and gone, no more school buses, no rush hour traffic. All of us gathered at home in quiet repose by ourselves or in boisterous celebration with extended families; yet this night is different from any other all year. Every year, in every tradition it is in the midst of the darkness, the short days of the year, that our faith is reborn, that life is hopeful, that the promise of love and light stands bravely against the dark skies and proclaims that the darkness is temporary, the light shall prevail. We raise our voices in beautiful carols, and light our windows with a promise of welcome for all, and most of all celebrate the new beginning that is given to all who choose to receive, to all who have the heart to believe.
This year is doubly special, we have toiled and we have learned, we have struggled and we have had breakthroughs, we have laughed and we have cried. And in our hearts we each know that whatever the visible results have been so far, whether we have met our objective or not, that we are victorious. We have come together, we have learned, we have overcome challenges, and no person is ever the worse for their efforts.
Most amazingly, Mr. Haanel and Mark and Davene have brought us to this place, on this week, where we are taught that “we are a part of the whole, and that a part must be the same in kind and quality as the whole”. We have in the grand tradition of the winter holiday learned that we can be born anew, that we can be something more, more whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy. We will, from our stillness, become more light, more truth, more love, and more aware of our oneness with All.
From my tradition, I wish each of you a Merry Christmas, and may each of you find, in the stillness of this sacred night, a new light in your life.