“Love works in miracles every day: such as weakening the stong, and stretching the weak; making fools of the wise, and wine men of fools; faouring the passions, destroying the reason, and in a word, turning everything topsy-turvy.” — Margaret of Valois
“Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.”
– A Course in Miracles
“Where there is great love, there are always miracles.”
– Willa Cather
Here we are in the middle of the holiday season, that magic, miraculous time of year. This is the season of miracles like the virgin birth of the Christ Child (Christmas) and lamps that burned well beyond the supply of oil (Hanukkah). Even the legends of Santa are full or magic, including flying reindeer and a rather rotund gentleman in a red fur trimmed suit actually making it down chimney after chimney to deliver gifts.
This is a season full of belief and hope. Even if we are not sure we believe we want to. We want to hope for better tomorrows.
As the very foundations of our country and our world are being shaken by the forces of darkness it is especially important for us to take time out to celebrate, look for the miracles that still surround us and maybe even make a little magic ourselves. This is the season where we normally see people being a little nicer than usual, giving to those in need and even speaking to strangers. Let’s not stop that because we are still angry over an election.
If we “call off Christmas” (or whatever holiday you celebrate) because of the uncertainty of the world we live in then the darkness wins. Worrying and fretting about what might happen doesn’t accomplish anything right now. I’m not talking about the Great Greed Festival some call Christmas, I’m talking about recognizing and celebrating the presence of something bigger than all of us still at work in our lives and in our world.
So go ahead and celebrate. Draw your loved ones close. And finally, keep your eyes open — you don’t want to miss those miracles and the magic of the season.
“The greatest of all miracles is to be alive.” — Thich Nhat Hanh [Source: http://www.inspirational-quotations.com/faith-quotes.html]
“Where there is great love there are always miracles.”— Willa Cather [Source: http://www.joyprogram.com/]
“At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden, the holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the rays of hope and light. Indeed, the physical darkness of this time of year can be a metaphor for the darkness that often envelops us at times of illness and loss of a loved one, when the world sometimes feels dark and cold. At such times, we yearn for the sun, and the light and warmth that it provides. Often it is through simple and unrecognized miracles that we are able to feel the warmth of hope and light.” — Rabbi Rafael Goldstein