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Even though Christmas is not until next week, this is my last blog post before then, so I want to take this space to offer my early Christmas wishes for you this year.
If I were one to wish for you the kinds of things that our culture values, my wish for you would involve things like wealth, fame, power, success, prestige, bigger, better, more, more, more.
Those of us who have lived through broken places in our lives and come out the other side with kintsugi scars where we've healed with extra beauty see through those enticements to the emptiness behind them, though.
We are more apt to see the priceless value in counter-cultural treasures like healing and peace and presence and growth and wholeness. Those treasures may be much harder to see and measure, but our souls feel their richness all the same.
On this holiday that celebrates the birth of a baby who was God choosing to become human to walk among us and live in this broken world as we do with all of its vulnerability to life's exquisite beauty and its heart-wrenching pain, there's a natural opening to these deeper treasures even in our cultural excess of spending frenzy that surrounds the season.
This day serves as a reminder to us that the Divine is still seeking to be born into this world through each of us to move our world ever more toward love and justice and mercy and peace and compassion and beauty.
The Divine is still seeking to born into the world through you and around you every minute. It only requires our agreement and cooperation to flourish.
As you celebrate next week, I invite you to take time to look for the places where the Divine is showing up in your life to make this world a better place.
My Christmas wish for you is that you find the Divine still being born in your world today ...
... in the kindnesses, support, and gentle compassion of those around you.
... in the light that breaks through your darkness to help you find your way.
... in the hope that sustains you through your deepest challenges.
... in the healing that finds its way even into our most painful wounds.
... in the beauty of this amazing world all around you.
... in the joy of discovering that you are loved and that you are enough.
... in the peace of being in the moment and accepting what is.
... in the courage that makes you want to leave this world a better place.
... in the love that binds us together, despite all of our differences.
Celebrate not just what happened so many centuries ago, but also the many ways that the Divine is still being born in the world now.
Having seen these treasures surrounding you, may you also find the courage to say "yes" to allowing the Divine to be born in you and through you into the lives of those around you to offer them these same gifts of kindness, light, hope, healing, beauty, joy, peace, courage, and love.
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