O Holy Night

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease

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Christmas sucks for many people.  As I write this I’m comfortably situated in a lovely home with family and friends downstairs making-merry.  For many reasons, I identify more with those who find this time of year a struggle.  Here’s a list of some of the people I’m thinking of at Christmas. — The least. The lost. The lonely. The misunderstood. The misused. The falsely accused.  The abandoned. The abused. The atheist. The agnostic. The sick. Those in prison.  The homeless. Those whose pain goes unhealed and unacknowledged.  If you’re represented within the preceding list, I’m remembering you especially this day. I remember you and connect with your struggle because everything I listed is part of my struggle. I pray my greatest statement is found in what I daily do in solidarity with those on this list. I pray my life will speak well of my solidarity with those most in need.  Jesus calls us to let our giving be in secret (Matthew 6:3). This is a beautiful discipline.

In the excerpt from the last stanza (just below the video) of the hymn “O Holy Night” we hear the universal call to live in love and peace. Beyond all the boundaries that divide us, we’re all connected.  Beyond our roles, titles, incomes, outcomes, words, affiliations – and all that seemingly divides us – it’s possible to hear the call to live in authenticity, love and peace.  Let the work of love continue.  Let the work of love begin.  Our first work is our own daily inner transformation into a person of true compassion and peace. Enjoy the journey.

anthony glenn miller

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Unity is strength, division is weakness.

Swahili proverb