What Do the Holidays Want for Us?

I wonder what Christmas, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa or New Year’s Eve want for us. If they could speak, what would they invite us to do and be?

Earlier this week, I tried an experiment. I sat for my regular morning meditation, getting very still and silent. I felt my attention shift to my right brain, and the front part of my brain began relax (similar to what you witnessed during the worship service on June 17, 2018 when I was hooked up to the biofeedback device while meditating). Then I brought Winter Solstice and Christmas to mind, since those are the two holidays I celebrate.

I asked, “What do you want for us this year?”

Here’s what came to me:


There are so many holiday festivities. To enjoy them fully and feel their purpose, make them easy.

In order to soak up the wonder and experience the joy, make the events easy.

In order to honor the darkness at this time of year and notice every scent, flavor, sight, touch, do not make things complicated.

In order to sense the emerging light and the brilliance it has to offer, make things simple.

In order to connect with those whom you love – really connect – eliminate any interference.


Move carefully, slowly, gradually, intentionally.

Choose ease.

Happy Holidays to each of you.

Much love,

Rev. Kelly
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