December – In the Interim…

Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles

The month of December is intense for many of us: a mixture of emotions and memories, and usually an over-full calendar of parties and celebrations, and extra rehearsing and shopping preparing for the Holidays.  I encourage everyone to keep breathing deeply, and to take time to look for little things, signs of hope, moments of peace, glimmers of love.

I hope to see many of you at our worship services this month, and the December 2 “Ease into the Season” get-together.  Good ways to center and find inspiration.

And this month will also offer us chances to live out the ideals of the season – “peace on earth, goodwill to all.”  See below for descriptions of showing solidarity with children (Dec. 3 Outreach for Beacon House and Dec. 10 meal-packing for hungry children); with people who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender (Dec 5 witness at the Supreme Court); with victims of gun violence (Dec. 14 witness at the NRA headquarters).

While this month is filled with messages which may not ring true to you – “be of good cheer!” and “buy, buy, buy!” –  may you find your own pathway to acknowledging the darkness, finding hope in little things, and reaching out to others.  Then may the peace of winter solstice enter your hearts.

Rev. Linda