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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Stay Warm

It seems odd that the most celebrated holidays take place when it's dark and cold. Most especially during this time in history when the darkness and coldness are seemingly coming from sources other than nature.

And then, maybe not.

My house having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon.

It's when it is coldest and darkest that we seek the warmth and comfort of light. And it is especially important that we realize this at a time both seasonally and in this season of history. Light does not come from wealth and presents and holiday outfits and sumptuous food and elaborately decorated homes. It comes from each other. When we strip away all these, we realize that the real reason for the season is to come together and celebrate life. For many, this has been a season of where the house has burned to the ground - much or all has been stripped away. For others it is the cold, dark fear that it might. Not being held by the promise of its trappings, it is a time of opportunity to be involved in this season's true intent. Come together. Hope. Don't stay out in the cold.

No amount of darkness can overcome a single ray of light

Hope is a powerful thing. It is the tiniest, warm ray in the deepest, coldest darkness and it increases as we bring our lights together. A chord of three strands is not easily broken. My wish is that the holidays bring us together so that in going forward into the New Year will keep us close and warm and strong.

Have a happy Holiday and a safe and prosperous New Year!

And thank you for reading my blog in 2008!

1 comment:

Jim Cermak said...

Beautiful thoughts, Mark. It's amazing how the holidays bring us together with those we love the most.

Quite often, (speaking for myself) we don't take the time to talk with and spend time with our family and friends, while letting work and the daily grind usurp our best hours.

But forgiveness and love are always there at the holidays. Like a magical elixir that fixes what ails us, the holidays help us to forget our cares even if just for a day or two.

I love the warmth of this time of the year, even when it's two-below outside.

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!