Spiritual Leader's Message December 1, 2020

Dear Friends,
When you receive this eNote, we will have already entered the Christmas season by celebrating the first Sunday of Advent on November 29. What a joyous time of year it is! Even in the most challenging of times, I find joy in this beautiful season.
Many years ago my dad made his transition at one minute after midnight on Christmas Eve. At the time, my mother, two adult daughters, one son-in-law, and one grand-baby comprised our family that joined in holiday festivities. We celebrated a joyful Christmas Eve that my mom attended while dad was cared for by a loving hospice worker. On Christmas Day, we shared a lovely meal together. I was struck by the grace with which my mom and the rest of us participated in Christmas while also resting with our sadness. It was a testimony to life; a testimony to how we as human beings can hold this and that at the same time—joy and sadness; life and death. It showed us all how Christmas is in the heart and doesn’t depend on outer circumstances.
The quote above, “Expectancy is the atmosphere for miracles,” speaks to how we might look at Christmas this year. Just as in the traditional Christmas Story the miracle of revealing our oneness with God came through the birth of a tiny baby from a small, little recognized rural village, we can expect miracles in our life. All we need to do is look for them!
Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” I choose to see everything as a miracle. How much more exciting, joyful, and colorful life becomes living in that way.
This December we might be stretched to see life as a miracle, but let’s! As we celebrate Advent, we can each light our candles it home while we are lighting them in church. We can sing the carols as our musicians play and sing them. We can listen as we present the Twelve Powers at our Candlelight Service and choose which Power we want to focus on in 2021. We can create miracles, beauty, and joy in our own homes.
Please stay connected through our emails and phone calls so you will know what we will present only virtually and what we can present during an in-person service. All will be available on the Internet through live-streaming or on YouTube.
I feel blessed by each of you and your commitment to UCIR. All of you are unique miracles in my life. Thank you.
Holding you in Christmas love,   
Rev. Carolyn