Tis the Season of Love

Tis the Season of Love. It is not just a time to love our families and friends but to love everyone and everything. The birth of Jesus is about Love. The Love that is unconditional, does not judge, does not bargain, and does not have to be earned.

It is about God’s Love for us even though there may be times we may doubt that Love, or unable to experience it, it does not diminish the Love that is ours always. Sometimes we can feel that love when we look at our loved ones or when someone does something so loving to us, we can feel God’s Love through them.

Christmas Love is not about the romantic fickle love we find in fiction but a true, deep, constant Love that is never far. Remember this, whatever is going on in your life, no matter how appearances may seem, God’s Love is enfolding and embracing you.

That is a Love that you can count on, not just during the Christmas holiday but everyday.

Quote of the Week


“Love’s not always Christmas bells; Sometimes it’s as tough as nails. But one thing you’re sure to find, in the end there’s peace of mind.”

Joshua Aaron Guillory


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Peace

Christmas time is a time of peace. Jesus is referred to as the Prince of Peace because he demonstrated that in the midst of conflict we can have peace.

In more current times we find the same demonstration of that kind of peace in Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. They too showed us that peace is always possible even in conflict.

But how do we find that peace when things seem to be chaotic, stressful, challenging, heartbreaking, and when life seems anything but peaceful? We go within, we find that secret place of the Most High that we all have within us. We pause when agitated and ask for help from our Higher Power.

When we do that, we find an inner strength and peace that is beyond anything that the world can bring us. We find the calm in the midst of the storm and with it the ability to keep on keeping on.

Peace be with you.

Quote of the Week

“Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without.” 
Siddhartha Gautama

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Hope of the Season

The holidays are here and people tend to fall into two categories regarding the holidays – either they love them or they dread them. I am in the former category – I love the holidays – the lights, the decorations, the hustle and bustle of shoppers, the food – the whole shebang!

For me, Christmas is all about hope. Hope is God’s gift to us to insure our happiness in the face of challenges that often come in life. This gift is unique for each of us because it is designed to meet our individual needs. It is what keeps us keeping on when we want to give up.

At this time of year things just seem a little more hopeful – not just for us as individuals but for the world as a whole. I think that is one of the main reasons I love this season so much.

So this holiday, take some time to focus on hope and know that hope is the seed from which faith blossoms.

Quote of the Week
“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.”
Bernard Williams

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