Here we are once again, dear friends, in the month of Light and Love, as we celebrate Hanukkah on December 13, 2017 and Christmas on the 25th.
Although our world has suffered greatly these past 12 months, in our shared beliefs of community, good works and the integrity of our actions, I invite us all to come together once again, in harmony. Come together, as we remember the lovely ceremony of our own individual Ordinations as Universal Brotherhood Ministers. These were not empty words and statements, but a gracious invitation to become members of a community of kind-hearted souls with the best of intentions. We are the people who can help change the world for the better.
With this in mind, let us joyfully rededicate ourselves to holding close the memory of the birth of the Christ Child on Christmas, as we also celebrate the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
Celebrated earlier than usual this year, Hanukkah brings “God’s gift of light to the World” as the menorah is lit on each night of the celebration. Each subsequent candle rekindling the ancient memory of how the Temple was purified and the wicks of the menorah burned for 8 days ~ even though there was only enough sacred oil for one day’s lighting.
The hope of Christmas for Christians and the courage and faith of the Jews are more alike than not. I truly believe the “name” we call our faith practice pales in comparison to the deeper held beliefs we share as Children of God. We were meant to shine our Light in the world and there is no better time than December.
Remember the miracles we’ve come from: the Holy babe in the manger and a menorah that burned for 8 days! Miracles upon Miracles and Wonders shall never cease. We are all of that and more, and we are meant to be a resource to not only ourselves, but to everyone we minster to, and the whole world as well.
Whether you’ve already celebrated Hanukkah or are about to celebrate Christmas, please do it all with a loving and peaceful heart. Allow yourself to be more aware than ever of the many miracles present in your life right this minute and know that you can be the creator of even more in the year ahead.
You are the Miracle now!
On behalf of the Universal Brotherhood Board of Directors, our Founders, Rick and Jeni Prigmore and our Executive Director, Robin Morini, may the blessings of this Holy season richly reward you for all of your good deeds and willing hearts.
Blessings to you and to all those you hold dear,