Dear Ones- December! Can you believe it? 2020 is FINALLLY coming to an end. Let us hope that 2021 will be a far better year.
Our theme this month is “Mystery”. And there really does seem to be something mysterious about this month, doesn’t it? After all, many of the major celebrations of the month focus on miracles and mystery- Bodhi Day, which celebrates the Buddha experienced enlightenment, Hanukah, which celebrates Hanukkah, which celebrates the miracle of the oil, and Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus. All of these events, located in antiquity, are shrouded in mystery.
Mysteries abound, even in our modern, sophisticated life, if you think about it. Most of us don’t know how the internet works, cannot coherently explain particle physics, and don’t know what happened in the nano-second before the Big Bang. What is the nature of love? What is the secret to creating life? Will the world ever return to “normal”?
So many mysteries, so many knots to unravel.
So this month, as we frantically try to figure out how to celebrate the holidays in this new reality, may each of us find a moment to contemplate the mystery that is our life.
One of the mysteries I’ve been grappling with is how to construct a Christmas Eve service. You all know that I’ve done a Christmas Eve service every year. Some have said it’s my as-yet unsuccessful attempt to burn down our building as we light hundreds of candles in the sanctuary.
Snarky comments aside, I really do love our “Christmas Eve by Candlelight” service. Unfortunately, since we are not meeting in person, that service will not be quite the same this year. So I’ve been trying to figure out how to create a meaningful Christmas Eve service via Zoom.
After consulting with a number of folks, I think we’ve come up with a plan, but it very much involves your assistance. First, I’ve asked a number of our musician friends to record a Christmas song for us, which they’ve agreed to do. If I’ve not asked you, and you’d like to do it, just let me know. So the music piece is coming along.
For the service, I’d like to build it around YOUR Christmas memories. If you’re willing, please send me a picture of you, or you and your loved ones celebrating a Christmas passed. Do you have a picture of you modeling a Christmas sweater? Opening gifts? Sitting on Santa’s lap? It doesn’t have to be just one- it could be several.
I’d also like to invite you to share a holiday memory. Maybe it was that time you cut down your own Christmas tree, or received the best gift ever, or the last time you spent Christmas with a loved one. Send me those memories (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I will create a video of the pictures and memories. We’ll look at the finished product on Christmas Eve.
Please send me everything by Dec 15 so I have time to put it all together. Together, let’s make this a “Christmas Eve of Memory”.
Wishing you peace and blessings,