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Peace on earth and goodwill to all

December 19, 2012

Christmas is a time when (if we can put aside the crazy commercialism of the season) we willingly and freely talk about such lofty ideals as peace on earth and good will to all people. We hear the Christmas message of hope and its promises of redemption, forgiveness and healing. Then the season is over. The Christmas star goes off on its merry way, orbiting around the galaxy, and we go back to the world as we know it.

So how’s that working for us? Really, how did the world get to be such a mess? Too many warring nations and tribes, too much hate and revenge, too many poor and needy people, too much poisoning and pillaging of the earth, too little acceptance of others who are different, too little love, too much fear.

Is it any wonder that growing numbers of people are yearning for a different kind of world, a different way of being human on this earth, a world where we respect and value each other, where we protect and cherish “Mother Earth,” our only home in this universe?

Some people think the world is at a tipping point where this change is really ready to happen. How then might such a transformation in human consciousness come about that would usher in peace on earth and good will to men? Today many people are finding the answer in cultivating and embracing a deeper spiritual life. Some are turning to traditional sources for inspiration; others are seeking their own way from sources that speak to them.

Still, this search for the spiritual and the sacred is nothing new. The Christmas story reminds us that the world was awaiting, anticipating the arrival of a savior. “Do not be afraid,” the angel told the shepherds, “for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David, there has been born for you a Savior.”

It seems we may be hard-wired to search for spiritual and sacred meaning in our lives. Look at the aboriginal peoples who had a deep sense of the sacredness of their world and of the universe. Consider, too, that every major world religion offers some teachings about our deep, inner connection with a divine God (or Spirit, if you will) and that we all have the creator’s divine spark within us.