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December is my favorite time of year.  In this the month of darkness, in this the darkest month, the light of the human spirit shines forth in a fullness shown by so many, in so many ways.  As the days grow shorter in North America, houses and trees are decorated, and snow falls.  In the hushed silence of the nights, lights shine in windows, and the beauty is shared by passersby.  For this season of giving brings the festivals of lights: Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza.  Each tradition incorporates light in its ceremonies and decorations.   

An animal friend who lived down the road, a donkey in his stable, reminded me of the story of another manger over 2000 years ago.  And seeing him snug in his stable with snow on the ground gave the illusion that all was right in the world.  But all was not well and all is not right now. Thousands know no peace in any season. Millions are cold and starving.  Racism and religious wars prevail.  Climate change advances in leaps and bounds, faster than most predicted.

Those who live closer to the land are especially blessed.  They share their lives with animals who are constant reminders of humility and simplicity in this rapid, complex, multi-tasking world. They can drive around on a December night and see houses covered in lights with illuminated trees, houses warmed by fires, imagining them filled with laughter and conversation and love, and feel blessed.  Blessed to have so much when others have so little.  Blessed to be able to celebrate as they wish when others cannot. 

Yet even those living in the worst conditions show the light of the human spirit and celebrate the season of light in personal ways.  For the human spirit is indomitable.

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Einstein said: “A human being is part of the whole, called by us the ‘Universe”– a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest– a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”  We are all cut from the same cloth and our inner light unites us.

In December’s darkness we light lights.  For we are beings of light.  A light glows within each one of us. And, at the most basic level, we are all beings of light because we are made from stardust.  Perhaps that is why the stars hold such majesty for us– we are all– Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist– whatever– we are all made from star material.

And in this holiday season we behold the night sky as Christians say shepherds did over two thousand years ago on the birth of the holy infant, in a stable like the one down the road. On that night they say a star lit the whole sky to guide the shepherds to the stable of the infant, Jesus, the son of God.   

In these deep, long, silent nights as we light our houses, our candles, our trees, let us look inside and try to find the glow that may guide us each, alone but intrinsically one, to the LIGHT!

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Welcome to samples of my writing and art work showcasing “Eye-locks and Other Fearsome Things.”  “Eye-locks” is a Bipolar/Asperger’s memoir in narrative form that describes the triumph of love over mental illness.

8 responses

  1. What a beautiful and inspiring post! May the Blessings of The Season be with you my friend 🌟👪🙏🕯

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    December 23, 2022 at 1:09 AM

    • Thank you, dear Cindy, and thank you for your wonderful posts all the year through!
      Merry Christmas!!!🎄❤️🙏🏽❣️🎅


      December 23, 2022 at 8:04 AM

  2. Beautiful post. We are all– Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist– whatever– we are all made from star material. Beautiful indeed!

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    December 23, 2022 at 10:33 PM

    • Thank you! 🙏🏽 I can’t remember where I read we are all made from star dust material but it is such a wonderful concept. 🙏🏽❣️🎄


      December 24, 2022 at 7:50 AM

  3. This is amazing. Love your illustration of lights and living closely to animals, which reminds us to be humble. The creator of the universe is magnificent. 🙏🏾❤️💗💖

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    January 18, 2023 at 4:57 AM

    • It was easy to see the hand of God at work up there in the wilderness. Everywhere you looked you could see the handiwork of God and be in awe.. More of a challenge in New York City. Thanks so much for your comment❣️Means a lot❣️🙏🏽

      Liked by 1 person

      January 18, 2023 at 8:00 AM

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