Christmas time. I dread it every year. I feel like a mouse trying to escape a trap. When I go to the store I hear Christmas music, but I know it’s not for my enjoyment. It’s to put me in a certain frame of mind. I feel pressured into consumerism. I feel like I can’t breathe. I’ve got to get out of the store. I need peace and quiet. I want to run from all of this craziness. Don’t they see what’s happening? Don’t they know we are being shepherded into a pen? I know the true meaning and I will not stand for this. I will not renounce my belief for anyone. It is Christ- mas time. It is time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Why aren’t we allowed to use his name if it’s his birthday? If we can’t use it and rejoice in it, what are we celebrating. Why are we all so blinded by the sparkling lights and the ringing bells. Get me out of this trap, this rat race. Take me to the peaceful place within my soul that knows what is real. We say Christmas is for the children. We are the children of God. Let’s rejoice and celebrate accordingly.
Love is a year round action. I don’t need ringing bells or holly or Santa to feel true love. Jesus came to show us the way of true love. That love lives in each and every one of us. Let’s change things up and celebrate love. We can celebrate by sharing our time with others, laughing, singing, caring and loving. These are the gifts that matter most. I have to step back from allowing the commercialism to consume my heart. I have to return to my source, my God. I open my heart now to receive love and to give love freely. Now, I can feel the joy of Christmas. Thank you Jesus! Amen.
I went to Catholic School for 12 years. The Catholic religion was as much a part of me as my DNA. I loved it there and found peace in the routines and repetitions of prayers. I grew up and walked along my personal path of what I believed. When bumps in the road such as a failed marriage and divorce became my reality. How could I be the person who divorces? I committed myself to this man for life as was expected by my church but he wasn’t present with me. I perservered for 9 years but my sadness and loneliness became my prison. Now I had found myself on the wrong side of my religion.
I wanted a fresh start and a blessing from God and my priest but it wasn’t meant to be. The restrictions of my indoctrination no longer wanted a tainted soul and that is how they looked upon me. My heart, so broken into pieces, had to seek shelter elsewhere and so my spiritual journey began.
Years ago I was told I could never be reconciled with God or Church because of divorce. My church left me but My God walked with me all the while.
I sought out other voices of God to nourish my soul and I felt fulfilled as each new experience with religion brought me to a closer more intimate relationship with my God. I no longer attend meetings of organized religion but have greater enrichment. I thought I was lost but I was walking the path to spiritual enlightenment that I continue to walk today.
I thank you, organized religion, for giving me the foundation to walk this journey as I grow and become present with my Holy Spirit. Without you I could not have known the true unconditional love afforded to me by Spirit. I am grateful everyday for all that I am and all that brought me to this moment of love and peace. Thank You from the bottom of my heart.