One great part of Christmas in Ecuador… especially in the Ecuador villages is less commercialization of Christmas.
The Cathedral next to Meson de las Flores, gets busy during the Holiday season at Ecuador’s Christmas… not the stores.
We wish you three ideals of all Christmas… wherever you live… whoever you are… whatever you do.
Cotacachi Cathedral at…
Tomorrow’s holiday, celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. The thoughts in this holiday are so rich in inspiration that everyone can gain blessings from these regardless of culture, religion or creed.
To see this, may I share three stories of Jesus given by those from other religions and cultures that have been meaningful to me?
Cotacachi Cathedral in the…
middle of the day.
The first story came from an Ecuador Yatchak and reminded me of the ideal “That we are eternal.” This belief was fortified many years ago when an Andean shaman and I discussed the concepts of life and death. When I made mention of death, he replied quite sharply. “Do you not see? There is no death,” he said. “Did you not listen to the message from Jesus?”
Cotacachi Cathedral at dusk.
A Huron Indian carol reminded me that wisdom was not contained in just South America’s history.
This carol touched my heart by sharing the ideals that there is always hope and renewal in an Indian way. This carol evolved from a legend of Deganaidah, the Peacemaker. This mythic person was known as the Man from the North and was said to be born in the Wendot tribe (Huron) on the northern shore of Lake Ontario. Tradition says he was born of a virgin who had been visited by a messenger of the Great Spirit Tarenyawagon, who was bringing a messenger to give lasting peace to mankind. Here is the carol:
Twas in the moon of winter time
when all the birds had fled,
The mighty Gitchimanitou
sent angels choirs instead.
Before the light the stars grew dim
and wandering hunters heard the hymn
Jesus your King is born,
Your king is born.
Within a lodge of broken bark
The tender babe was found
A ragged robe of rabbit skin
Enwrapped his beauty round
The chiefs from afar before him knelt
With gifts of fox and beaver pelt.
Oh children of the forest free
O sons of Manitou
The holy child of earth and heaven
Is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant boy
Who brings you beauty, peace and joy.
You can see that the Cathedral seen from Mt. Cotacachi dominates the village.
An even more ancient poem reminds me that the influence of Jesus.
I was reminded of the third ideal, that we are always cared for if we place our lives with God, when reading the 14th century Sufi (Islamic) poet Rumi. His beautiful poem reminds us of the wisdom shown in Matthew 6:24: Jesus says, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Here is Rumi’s poem: Lovers think they’re looking for each other, but there’s only one search: wandering this world is wandering that, both inside one, transparent sky. In here there is no dogma and no heresy. The miracle of Jesus is himself, not what he said or did about the future. Forget the future. I’d worship someone who could do that. On the way you may want to look back, or not. But of you can say, there’s nothing ahead, there will be nothing there. Stretch your arms and take hold the cloth of your clothes with both hands. The cure for pain is in the pain. Good and bad are mixed. If you don’t have both, you don’t belong with us. When one of us gets lost, is not here, he must be inside us. There‘s no place like that anywhere in the world. RUMI
Cotacachi Cathedral at night.
May all of us, regardless of religion, race or creed, focus on the greatest Christmas ideal of all: “Peace on earth and goodwill to all.”
Gary & Merri
However there may be more in the air than just rosy smells and Christmas tidings during this Ecuador Christmas. See an Ecuador Christmas thought here.
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