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It's that time of year again; the celebration of a gift rendered without expectations, a love proffered without condition. A time when we look around and count our blessings in a way that we don't normally do at any other time of year.

A time when we wish for Peace on Earth perhaps more fervently than at any other time of year; a time when we pray a little harder for the safety and well being of our loved ones and strangers.

A time for celebrating family in all its iterations; for peace in all of our everyday acts, When we hope against hope that all children have at their disposal the unconditional love that Jesus has given us. It is the unconditional love that we have received from God; we did nothing to deserve it, it is ours to give away.

We venerate Mary and Joseph in their ability to do his Will, in the face of doubt they said "yes";  they are the archetypal parents, much like us today, they had no blueprint, no owners manual but they powered on trusting in their faith, a faith we share today.

We should pray that we would feel this joy as strongly in the middle of July as we celebrate it in December. That our desire for peace be as ardent in September as it is today.

My prayer at this time of year is that I should feel this joy every day of the year.

It is not just a birthday that we celebrate on the 25th of December; it is The Birth Day, the day we all come alive in His Name.

Merry Christmas,  

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Lorikeet, chantedor, Jim P

    An undecided voter is one who is too involved chasing unicorns and ignores the starving realities that abound among us...

    by rpinero on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 07:16:11 PM PST

  •  Beautiful. (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you. @OOccupied

    by jvantin1 on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 07:33:59 PM PST

  •  There are many ways to come alive again (0+ / 0-)


    Mithra or Mitra is...worshipped as Itu (Mitra-Mitu-Itu) in every house of the Hindus in India. Itu (derivative of Mitu or Mitra) is considered as the Vegetation-deity. This Mithra or Mitra (Sun-God) is believed to be a Mediator between God and man, between the Sky and the Earth. It is said that Mithra or [the] Sun took birth in the Cave on December 25th. It is also the belief of the Christian world that Mithra or the Sun-God was born of [a] Virgin. He travelled far and wide. He has twelve satellites, which are taken as the Sun's disciples.... [The Sun's] great festivals are observed in the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox—Christmas and Easter. His symbol is the Lamb...."

    Swami Prajnanananda, Christ the Saviour and Christ Myth

    from this.

    For every one who has been reborn.

    I'd tip you but they cut off my tip box. The TSA would put Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad on the no-fly list.

    by OHdog on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:04:54 PM PST

    •  It is a widespread truism that (0+ / 0-)

      when one cuts away all the BS, the things that bind us together are so much stronger than that which separates us...

      An undecided voter is one who is too involved chasing unicorns and ignores the starving realities that abound among us...

      by rpinero on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:29:26 PM PST

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