Grown-up Christmas Wishes

 In Reflections

“But Heaven only knows
That packages and bows
Can never heal
A hurting human soul

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts

And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end

This is my grown-up Christmas list”

— David Foster & Linda Thompson, from the lyrics of “My Grown-up Christmas List”

Many of us are preparing for Christmas celebrations that are markedly different than they normally would be.

Perhaps our yearning to gather with family and friends in ways we took for granted in the past will lead to more honoring of the blessing of human connection, no matter our differences.

It might be awhile before the pandemic is over and we can safely gather again, but it feels like we can see the light on the horizon.

In the meantime, in this potent time of wonder, celebrating the light in the world, and welcoming the birth of a holy child, we invite you to pause and write your grown-up Christmas list.

Together, may our wishes for peace, love, joy, a safe and secure home, vibrant good health, prosperity, work that nourishes the soul, and a healthy planet lead to a better world for all.

My Christmas Wish

Hugs. While I can hug my beloved dog, she can’t really hug me back. I long for the comfort and joy of hugs with good friends and even those awkward hugs with people I don’t know as well!

Some people are saying they might not ever hug others again because of the pandemic. My heart hurts when I hear that. So, my Christmas wish is for the ability to once again give and receive hugs soon and for each hug to send waves of healing love rippling out into the world.

What’s your Christmas Wish?

Let Nothing Disturb You

A holiday gift for you: Mirabai Starr offering a blessing from Teresa of Avila in Spanish and English.

We’re so grateful our friend recorded this blessing for our Fall Gala. It’s a gem worthy of hearing again and again.

“Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you, all things are passing, God is unchanging. Patience gains all; nothing is lacking to those who have God: God alone is sufficient.”
Teresa of Avila

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