I think about Mary, the mother of Jesus. I think about her journey to Bethlehem in the middle of chaos, at her time of delivery. I imagine her anxiety, her concern, as well as that of Joseph’s …
I think about Mary, the mother of Jesus. I think about her journey to Bethlehem in the middle of chaos, at her time of delivery. I imagine her anxiety, her concern, as well as that of Joseph’s by her side. And I think of all of us with our own worry, fatigue, and own sense of uncertainty in the world. Surely the signs do not point to peace on earth, good will to all. Surely there is much that is inhospitable in our world in this moment.
So I wonder whether we are all being called to be that heroic Mary figure. Pregnant with possibility that we might birth a new way. A new way of loving in the world, caring for the world, caring for each other.
At this time of upheaval and holiday spirit I hope for you to have the fortitude to remember that when the status quo is in upheaval, that is the time that transformation is most possible.
The Rev. Theresa Ninán Soto paints a journey and provides a guiding light to lead us back to our communities and that which we value in our hearts.
Theresa Ninán Soto is the lead minister of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland and the author of “Spilling the Light: Meditations on Hope and Resilience.” “A Christmas Poem” is reprinted with permission.
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