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7 years ago  ::  Dec 22, 2007 - 5:58AM #1
RevDorris
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This is a season when many people become overwhelmed by darkness, despair, and loneliness.  People fight over the meaning of the holiday and its origins.  People look to past losses of loved ones and lost opportunities.  It does not seem to be a very merry time or season.  The meaning of Christmas has been lost by many.

Regardless of religious background, faith, or non faith, everyone can be infected by the spirit of the season.

What is this infection?

This is the still small spark that is placed within the heart and mind.  It is the hope and renewal of new life.  It is the dreams and hopes of each individual for a better future. This infection is very contagious.

How can this infection be nurtured?

It is not by the giving of expensive gifts.  It is not by throwing lavish parties.  It is by giving the most precious gift that we have:  Our love.  We can greet those we meet with a hug and a kiss.  We can let them know that they are cared for and loved.  If you are uncomfortable with hugs and kisses, a nod of the head and a big smile will do.  The spark within will grow as it is nurtured.  The spirit within will radiate out and infect all who are near.

What will happen?

We will begin to see our home; friends and relatives, neighborhood, town, and country become a little more loving and caring.  As the infection spreads the whole world will start to change.  Do not worry about this; just see that your small circle is infected.  The rest will take care of itself.  We will begin to see our thoughts and dreams for a more loving place become a reality.  We will begin to see the development of a world where all can live together in harmony and peace.

Can this infection be stopped?

Only if we let our ability to love die.  Only if we can take away the dreams and hopes for the good of all humanity can this infection be eradicated.  So the possibility if it being stopped is very, very remote.  As long as the spark remains in one person, the whole world can be infected.

So have a Merry, Merry Christmas and a Happy and Loving New Year.

With love,

Rev Dorris
With love,

Rev Dorris
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7 years ago  ::  Dec 22, 2007 - 5:58AM #2
RevDorris
Posts: 1,809
This is a season when many people become overwhelmed by darkness, despair, and loneliness.  People fight over the meaning of the holiday and its origins.  People look to past losses of loved ones and lost opportunities.  It does not seem to be a very merry time or season.  The meaning of Christmas has been lost by many.

Regardless of religious background, faith, or non faith, everyone can be infected by the spirit of the season.

What is this infection?

This is the still small spark that is placed within the heart and mind.  It is the hope and renewal of new life.  It is the dreams and hopes of each individual for a better future. This infection is very contagious.

How can this infection be nurtured?

It is not by the giving of expensive gifts.  It is not by throwing lavish parties.  It is by giving the most precious gift that we have:  Our love.  We can greet those we meet with a hug and a kiss.  We can let them know that they are cared for and loved.  If you are uncomfortable with hugs and kisses, a nod of the head and a big smile will do.  The spark within will grow as it is nurtured.  The spirit within will radiate out and infect all who are near.

What will happen?

We will begin to see our home; friends and relatives, neighborhood, town, and country become a little more loving and caring.  As the infection spreads the whole world will start to change.  Do not worry about this; just see that your small circle is infected.  The rest will take care of itself.  We will begin to see our thoughts and dreams for a more loving place become a reality.  We will begin to see the development of a world where all can live together in harmony and peace.

Can this infection be stopped?

Only if we let our ability to love die.  Only if we can take away the dreams and hopes for the good of all humanity can this infection be eradicated.  So the possibility if it being stopped is very, very remote.  As long as the spark remains in one person, the whole world can be infected.

So have a Merry, Merry Christmas and a Happy and Loving New Year.

With love,

Rev Dorris
With love,

Rev Dorris
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7 years ago  ::  Dec 22, 2007 - 2:36PM #3
rbchaddy2000
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The same to you and yours. Richard
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7 years ago  ::  Dec 23, 2007 - 7:25AM #4
DotNotInOz
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A thoughtful and inspiring message, RevDorris.

I can hardly fail to feel the spirit of Christmas as we had a blizzard yesterday for the first time in years leaving 4-5 inches of snow, enough to last till Christmas for a change. Typically, it snows a bit several days beforehand, and then temps are back into the upper 40's to 50's, enough to melt it off by the day itself. Not this year...HOORAY!

On a less mundane note, may we all be transformed from Scrooges to Tiny Tims this Christmas and always,

Dot
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7 years ago  ::  Dec 25, 2007 - 9:16AM #5
bob2
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I participated in the Christmas service this past Sunday. We sang "I Heard The Bells" and read from Issaia and  Pauls letter to Philipi . The theme of my "relections" was about what the Christmas story says about peaceful, fair government and peace within us. Taking some time to think about the meaning of the story seems to make the commercial aspects easier to deal with..

Merry Christmas everyone.
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