12/18/11 Rev. David McArthur
This time of year is a time of light. The 25th of December is when the days begin to get longer. We celebrate the coming of light. “The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” John 1:9.
The Christmas experience lifts you each year. It is the experience of enlightenment, the experience of light. There are 2 ways to experience the spiritual energy of enlightenment. First is either one of those “aha!” moments in life or one of those moments of despair.
The other way to experience the spiritual energy of enlightenment is through love. It is the experience of transformation into a new state. From illness to health, from conflict to harmony, from turmoil to peace. How does light relate to love? “Light is the hem of the garment of love.” Light flows when we give an expression of love. There is actual spiritual energy flowing. Some actually see it. We experience this illumination at Christmas. We begin to see things differently.
Before Jesus’ coming, humankind was asleep to its nature. But with Jesus a beautiful understanding came. He said, “The Father and I are one. The Kingdom of God is within.” That’s enlightenment! There had to be great love for that to come forth. The experience we get is to love and let the light flow. Say, “When I love, light flows.”
It is love from which light flows. The wonderful thing about Christmas time is we all bring that love – to family, to friends, all around. When you let that light show through, it blesses us all. It is time to do that!
Rev. David McArthur
We look forward to Christmas with such childlike anticipation. The sense of community seems world-wide, universal, as we eagerly open to the rebirth of the awareness of the Christ Child among us, in us. That pure love in which we realize we are the instruments of the flow of God’s love to all, freely sending good wishes and giving gifts big and small. We are especially moved to give to those in the community with obvious need. We donate to food banks and charity drives anonymously, blindly.
All too soon, though, our ebullient spirits fade as we reach overwhelm, believing we cannot possibly have the means to serve all those in need among us. We wistfully put away our sense of universal community for another year, asking, “Why can’t the spirit of Christmas last all year long?”
However, this expanded consciousness does not need to end! You do have the means; your resources are infinite. You have the power within to maintain this expanded consciousness. You know how love transforms. Send it forth. Send forth the expanded Christmas awareness. Stay in the beauty and effectiveness; create by your intention. Send the beauty and light to those in need. You are the instrument of that transformation. You are a co-creator! Send the spirit of Christmas.
As Rev. David says, “Sing Christmas carols all year long.”
“Lord’s Prayer” – Traditional, modified for Unity
“Walking in the Light” – Traditional, modified for Unity
“Peace Song” – Jill Jackson, Sy Miller
Joyful Noise Choir
‘The baby Jesus shows us that love is something you do. You show love by what you do, not just by what you feel.
Over and over again, in the Bible, God commands us to love each other. And you can’t command an emotion.…If love were just an emotion, then God couldn’t command it. But love is something you do. It can produce emotion, but love is an action.
The Bible says, “Let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions” (1 John 3:18 NLT). We can talk a good act: “I love people.” But do we really love them? Do you really love them? Our love is revealed in how we act toward them.’
Let us take these wise words to heart, and take action this Christmas. Yes, we’re sending off a small mountain of shoes. We can join the carolers at Kensington Retirement Home Monday at 7. How many Red Cross kettles have you passed this year without dropping you change in? Just take a moment and think of the many opportunities you have to go only a little out of your way and thereby make this a wonderful Christmas season for you and yours and someone you don’t even know. Love is a verb of action.
Merry Christmas everyone!
— Your Prayer Team