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.