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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Kindred Spirit of Christmas




To All Within Our Kindred Community.......Let the World In.......Open Your Arms in Peace

Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know or perceive a sense of their own worth until it has been reflected back to them in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.”
― John Joseph Powell

“You have to appreciate where you have come from to know who you are in the present and who you would like to be in the future.”
― Truth Devour

“There's magic in recognizing a kindred spirit, and an even greater power in letting yourself love and be loved by them.”
― Jacqueline Koyanagi,

These 4 quotes to me reflect our intersecting journey amongst others in our mutual pursuits of peace. Christmas is a season of remembrance and celebration, for truly “God is with us”. It is within the personal nature of the Christ journey in our midst that we are blessed with the experience of Divine encounter. Through the grace of the incarnate life lived in Jesus our inestimable worth is reflected back to us. This knowledge of who we are and whose we are enables us to envision and become living participants in the fulfillment of that grand vision of "peace on earth, goodwill towards all". Our capacity to create with God is magically empowered in sacred community, in sacred partnership with others of kindred spirit to love even as God first loved us. The journeys continues……  

Together, we comprise a community of kindred spirits that live within the Christmas story and other sacred stories. Our heritage and our legacy intertwine in the shared meaning of “Immanuel”, God with us, a rich global legacy. Within our Christian experience surrounding Christmas, our one underlying essence is that our God, a loving, endearing Creator lived as we in the circumstances of our struggles and journeys to experience and understand our reality of life. The vulnerabilities and suffering, the temptations of power, ego and exclusivity, all were faced. Even as a child forgives and loves unconditionally, so God in Christ offered such grace to bless our lives.

We, amongst many faiths, are kindred spirits made such in our mutual journeys to be one with the Divine and one another. The Christmas blessing is recognition of our oneness beyond nationalities, denominations and faiths. Peace on earth is our vision. Our hope envisions unity in diversity. Joy to the world is our expression of community reverberating through the ages. As we daily take time to gaze upon the mirror of Christ, may we see our emerging selves breaking forth, reflecting our love to others, inviting all to become kindred spirits on our mutual journeys of peace. “God is with us, who can prevail against us” Go forth in Christmas love, joy, hope and peace. 

With Meaning,
Kerry Richards
Director of Mission in Canada
“A Catalyst for Meaningful Expressions of Sacred Community”



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