November 29, 2018
Happy holidays, 2018! Can you believe it??
I love this season and its invitation to explore the celebration of Light in the shortest of days and longest of dark nights. Most traditional holidays at this time of the year honor the coming of Light.
The Advent season—the four Sundays before Christmas plus the intervening weeks—anticipates and prepares for the birth of the Christ child, who symbolizes the ultimate Light that the darkness cannot overcome. Christmas is the quintessential archetype of light, and it takes place during the darkest time of the year for half the world.
In Judaism, the redemptive power of light is most poignantly present in the celebration of Hanukkah, a winter festival of lights that lasts eight days. This year it starts on Dec 3. The Hanukkah candles honor the miracle that even a small light can overcome vast darkness.
Solstice ceremonies celebrate the return of hope to our land in the midst of the short days, longer nights, cold weather, bare trees… as our planet experiences the first slow turn toward more daylight.
These next 4 weeks our Sunday services will focus on uplifting stories and practical ideas about bringing our Light into any “dark” circumstances we may encounter for ourselves or for others. Each Sunday will have a different focus: Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy – the traditional Advent themes.
If you have a story to share that illustrate bringing or receiving light during a metaphorical dark night, please let me know. Another word we sometimes use for these kinds of experiences is “miracle.” Have you had any lately that you’d like to share with us?
With gratitude and love,
PS – One of the most wonderful stories about spreading light is of the magical “Hong Duc.” Leane Gabel will be doing her annual reading of it on Sunday!
Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.