Saturday, December 02, 2006

Reconnection With The Divine

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, December ushers in winter. Hushed snowfalls and long nights set the stage for powerful reconnection with the Divine during our celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

We in the Northern Hemisphere are most fortunate. Just after we experience the longest night of the year on the Winter Solstice (December 21st when there are 24 hours of darkness north of the Arctic Circle and, conversely, 24 hours of daylight south of the Antarctic Circle) we are reminded through celebration that the source of our being - the Light Of God - never diminishes.

Just as Christ never moves away from us, neither does our magnificent star. As we tilt away, Sol shines as brightly as ever, giving the Southern Hemisphere her summer. There's a cosmic lesson here: the Light never moves away from us, no matter how it seems. So let us affirm that our faith stays as strong as the Light.

My Faith Is Strong

Dear God,

My faith is strong and You work miracles through it
For I am One with You and You fill me with Your healing force.

Together We promote harmony
Together We promote healing of every kind.

In Jesus' name, the One who inspires us to be both human and holy,
We affirm that everyone on this planet works together
United in peace and joy.

Jesus said: ask and ye shall receive
Jesus said: knock and the door shall open

He did not say: figure out what is best to ask and ask only that.
Neither did He say: Your father in Heaven will say "No."
Nor did He say: some doors will be closed to you.

Jesus said, as recorded in Luke 17:6:

If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed,
Ye might say unto this sycamine tree,
Be thou plucked up by the root and be thou planted in the sea;
And it should obey you.

By the power of these words, I am aligned with You,
O Mover Of Heaven And Earth.

My faith is strong and You work Your miracles through it...
...and through me.

And so it is.

Praise Hosanna in the Highest.


Adapted from Prayerforce: 365 Days To A New life
I finished my peace mural - it's six feet tall and 15 feet long - and I will be taking it to a peace conference in Winnipeg sponsored by the Thomas Merton Society. When I obtain a good photo of it, I'll post it here.

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalms 37:5


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