Breathing Deeply
Over the Holidays

As Unitarian Universalists we draw wisdom and spirituality from many sources. Our first source invites us to find inspiration in the, “Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.” 

What a rich source to reflect upon during the holiday season. 

In recent sermons I’ve talked about quiet parts of the holiday season. We’ve reflected on the varying images of the holidays – the miracle of the oil for lamps at Hanukkah, the scene of new life at a manger, and the honoring of the winter solstice as a time of turning. 

In these images there is a healthy sense of feeling humbled by the vastness of the universe – both the specifics and the grandeur. The images remind us we are dependent upon so much beyond our control. The holiday stories too remind us that where we have choices to make, it matters to reach out to one another, to be kind, and to be good stewards of this planet.  

I continue to be drawn to the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel who offers, “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement … to get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” 

Wishing everyone a holiday season that includes some quiet, some gentleness, and especially some time to be amazed.

Best wishes for the coming year,  
Rev. Sue