I wish you peace, not just for the holidays. Not the peace of religion, but the peace of faith.
What I wish for you is awareness of the PROCESS that is the life and faith of you and others. I wish you both comfort and growth, knowing that they are not often simultaneous, but can be.
May we all hear past the memes, ads, and rants to the heartbeat of every other – which is essentially one life shared here and now. May we speak words that enlighten and connect so that understanding will make our dwelling together easier as we share our time on this global patch. May we listen beyond anger and hard words to the underlying fear expressed there, then answer that fear with compassion. May we guard our own hearts, without guilt, but with increasing wisdom, from those who don’t understand and so believe they prevent fear by creating fear.
May we see past the glitter and lights to see people as individual treasures, not stereotypes or cultural caricatures. May we see that this world does not define us…we are already part of Someone much greater and already nestled in eternity, and we define ourselves within that greater belonging.
May we begin to end violence by ending it toward and within ourselves. Then in all thoughts and words. In all responses to others. In all of our wishes and prayers.
I love you. I just do.