THE ADVENT SEASON:
a metaphysical interpretation of Christmas
Faith, Peace, Love, Joy
FAITH: WEEK 1 – Part 1
ADVENT: the season of “coming.” Many Christian traditions recognize the four weeks prior to Christmas as “advent”, which refers to the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. We all anticipate the arrival of the baby Jesus who is bringing great gifts for us: faith, peace, love, joy.
I prefer to think of this season as the “becoming” time…..it is the time when I celebrate the birth of these great qualities in myself. It is the time when I focus on being faith, peace, love, and joy in this world. Think about the power of that belief:
WE, YOU, ALL OF US, CAN BE THE VERY EXPRESSION OF FAITH, PEACE, LOVE, AND JOY IN THIS WORLD.
Just like the sun rises above the horizon in this picture, you too can “arrive” today and go forth as faith, peace, love and joy. Merry Christmas.
FAITH WEEK 1 – Part 2
FAITH is the topic of Week #1 of Advent. Watch this brief clip from “my main man,” the Dalai Lama. Have faith that you can bring about what he suggests. Namaste. (press “control / click” to open the link).
FAITH WEEK 1 – Part 3
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
What do you believe in? What beliefs exist for you no matter what happens? Perhaps you believe that parental love is absolutely permanent and infallible. No matter what happens, you can count on Mom and Dad. And that is true for many of us.
But try to reach beyond even this powerful love to an understanding that there is only one presence and power in the universe, a divine love, and that loving presence has nothing else to do but take care of you (Rev Joel Baehr).
Your belief, your FAITH, in this divine presence is never shaken. And you believe in it without needing to see any evidence of it. In the Christmas story, Mary represents this faith. She is the symbol that shows that each of us can give birth to the “Christ spirit” in us, during this season, and every day of the year.
Reverend Dale Worley explains it this way:
“It is easy to get caught up in the busyness of the Christmas season. There seem to be so many demands on our already hectic lives. However, we can give ourselves a Christmas gift every day! When we take time to be still, to be alone for a moment, and to listen to that still, small voice within, we let our hearts and minds rest. We remember the things that are truly important to us. We might also discover there is a Christ child that lives inside of us, waiting to be expressed in our own unique and individual way.”
FAITH WEEK 1 – Part 4
“Like Christmas shining at the end of the long year, so the light of faith shines at the end of the long journey toward it. It does not matter how you have come, nor how slow your journey toward light and understanding has seemed. The light of Christ is shining steadily in you, through you, and for you. It shines like the Christmas of YOUR life; it proclaims the presence of God; it sings songs of rejoicing because the birth of the Christ spirit is in YOUR midst.”
–Martha Smock, long-time editor of DAILY WORD magazine.