There is little wonder that Christmas is such a profound holiday. Look at the inspiring meaning of the Winter Solstice in this December 21 , 2004 Gary Scott message.
May I introduce you to the book “The Winter Solstice, The Sacred Traditions of Christmas” by John Mathews.
One theme in this excellent and beautiful 247 page tome is that the solstice is a perfect reflection of this duality we call life. The darkest, shortest day is also the beginning of the light.
Maybe this is why I love Christmas, not chasing the trees and lights and decorations and presents, but seeking the deepest meaning of this spirit. The end is always the birth of dawn. I quote from this precious book.
“There is a moment of silence that occurs every year, somewhere between the dawn of Christmas and the setting sun on Christmas day itself. – a moment we have all experienced once in our lives, maybe more than once. It can silence a great city, London or New York, and it can bring stillness to our hearts, whoever and wherever we may be. It offers the promise of new beginnings, of the clean slate of a new year, and it incorporates the breathless expectancy of Christmas night itself, when a familiar figure enters our lives and changes them briefly. It is such a moment that lies at the heart of the mid winter solstice and it is the celebration of this that this book is written.”
So Merri And I send you an early Christmas gift on this winter solstice today, the gift of silence and wish that each of you our friends, are filled with inner joy and peace.