This holiday season, we are exploring the theme of wonder. And there is plenty to wonder about, or at, as we move into Hanukkah, with its celebration of the Maccabean victory and rededication of the Second Temple, the Winter Solstice, or Yule, with its celebration of the return of the light, HumanLight, the humanist festival that celebrates reason, compassion, and hope with a lighting of candles and exchange of scientific books, Christmas Eve and Christmas, Kwanza, and the New Year.
It is all too easy for the holiday season to turn into the busy season, especially for Unitarian Universalists with the number of holidays we are likely to celebrate within and among our congregations, friends, and families. And so I urge you to include in your plans plenty of time for wonder-ing, and to turn your gaze heavenward, whether you ponder the seasonal tilt of the earth’s axis, or the journey of Artemis 1, or the most recent images from the James Webb telescope, or the old religious stories, wondering is good for us. Spending time in wonder helps to decrease our worries and increases our desire to help others.
When I think about how I want to live my life, I often think about Albert Einstein. He said that there are two ways you can live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. I know which way I prefer to live mine. How about you?
With Love in this holiday season,