Spreading the Light #6

Computer Angel on Duty, Be Good
Photo copyright 2009 by R.A. Robbins

Bob and I chose many years ago not to get caught up in the frenzy of the holidays. We celebrate a quiet, spiritual Christmas. That doesn’t mean we don’t have fun, we simply try not to get drawn into the excesses of the season.

Several years ago I began what I call A Season of Angels. During December I work on an angel art or craft project each day. The purpose of this is to take a little time each day to focus on the spiritual teachings of Advent and the role of angels as God’s messengers.

This year I invite you to take a few minutes each day to slow down the holiday craziness and relax in and reflect on the Light of God.

Thought for Today

Olive Oil Bottle Angel
Copyright 2010 by R.A. Robbins

“O ye beneath life’s crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow;
Look now, for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing;
Oh rest beside the weary road And hear the angels sing.” —  It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (3rd verse) written by Edmund Hamilton Sears in 1849

Thought for Today

English: St Mary's Church, Greenville SC Adven...
English: St Mary’s Church, Greenville SC Advent Vespers http://stmarysgvl.org/uploads/albumpictures/IMG_3703.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“You keep us waiting. You, the God of all time, Want us to wait. For the right time in which to discover Who we are, where we are to go, Who will be with us, and what we must do. So thank you … for the waiting time.”
John Bell, quoted in The Westminster Collection of Christian Prayers, compiled by Dorothy M. Stewart

Spreading the Light #4

English: Brass band playing Christmas carols S...
English: Brass band playing Christmas carols Svenska: Ett brassband som spelar julsånger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Honor your spiritual, ethnic or family traditions. Read from the sacred texts of your faith, sing the songs, eat the traditional foods, watch the classic holiday movies you watched as a child with your children.

Spreading the Light #3

Community Center
Community Center (Photo credit: ccstbp)

Approach volunteer work or charitable donations honoring the dignity of the people being helped.  Try not to think of people needing help as “less fortunate” or people to pity or blame.  We are all God’s children.   Many people are finding themselves one paycheck away from homelessness. Remember, you could be the one having to ask for help for the first time.

Thought for Today

"Light gives of itself freely, filling al...
“Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished” (Photo credit: liahiro)

Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.  It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.  It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.  ~Michael Strassfeld

Spreading the Light #2

Random Thoughts of Kindness Barnstar
Random Thoughts of Kindness Barnstar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let your kinder, gentler side show this holiday season.  Return a holiday greeting with a smile, even if it is not the greeting you prefer.  Open doors for people, especially if their arms are full of packages.  Remember store clerks are just doing a job, trying to keep a roof over their families heads and food on the table. A kind word and a smile go a long way toward making a stressful time bearable.

– A 10 Minute Vacation for the Soul

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