January 02, 2015
Fridays are always special. We began in the usual way with meditation and a few sacred readings from patients. One of our readings was a lovely Christmas letter written by Bill Wilson in 1944.
“How privileged we are to understand so well the divine paradox that strength rises from weakness, that humiliation goes before resurrection; that pain is not only the price but the very touchstone of spiritual rebirth.” – Bill Watson
Rabbi Kessler gave us the Hanukkah story and lit the menorah for us. We spoke of the authenticity of the Maccabees and their willingness to go to any lengths in order to keep their faith alive. We also spoke of the miracle of the oil lasting eight days; the idea that enough oil for one night was all they needed and their faith, which created the miracle.
Some of the questions we discussed in smaller groups:
- What does this time of year really mean to you this time?
- Where are you placing your faith?
- Do you have everything you need for your miracle?
I played a very touching song by Sarah Bareilles called Love Is Christmas:
“Let love lead us, love is Christmas.
Why so scared that you’ll mess it up? When perfection keeps you haunted.
All we need is your best my love, that’s all anyone ever wanted.”
We spun dreidels, ate candy canes and chocolate, and shared holiday memories.
Holiness is the greatest power. May it transform your life and the lives of those you love within and without. I am so grateful for the work that connects us, the purpose that propels us and the love that enfolds us all.
Reverend Laurie Durgan