Christmas Grace

This Week’s Quotation:

Grace is knowing that all things are evolving to manifest the glory of Being. It comes from seeing life from the perspective of Being, not from the perspective of all the things that are evolving. It is born from someone who is being a sun. A sun radiates grace.

Becoming a Sun p. 318

Christmas Grace

David Karchere
David Karchere
Author, Becoming a Sun

I wish you a full helping of Christmas grace on this day.

In the last several years, I have spent time in England during the Christmas season. I have to say, they know how to do Christmas.

I have all these fond memories of having Christmas dinner with friends Ann and John in Devon. (You haven’t lived if you haven’t had English roast potatoes.) There were pints of ale in pubs with Christmas decorations and all the popular culture of the holiday.

But what touched me most deeply was Evensong at Worcester Cathedral—a service conducted mostly through the singing of a choir—and a Christmas morning service in Bewdley along the River Severn.

Like many people, there is a lot about contemporary Christian belief that I can’t buy. And still…I love the holiness of a church or cathedral. The sacred tones of a Christmas organ resonate in the heights and depths of my soul. And the Christ Spirit that Jesus brought into the world is everything to me.

This year I can’t travel safely to England even though I would love to do so. And we are avoiding the sacred spaces where I live at Sunrise Ranch, where we usually gather this time of year.

I feel the vacancy left by the absence of those experiences, and in this sabbath of the year, my heart yearns to know grace. To know that within all that transpires, even at times like this—especially at times like this—the holiness of Being is present.

So I think I will listen to many Christmas songs and bathe my soul in grace in the week to come. I will make the space where I am my church.

Will you join me?

What does it mean to become a sun?

Every human being is already a sun on the inside—a being of intense love and light. The difference is that some people have the vision and courage to become a sun on the outside. This difference is our human destiny.

4 Responses

  1. Sounds like a plan David. No chance of Christmas in NZ for me either but I know there was a Maori hungi at one of the remotest beaches in the Marlborough Sounds, and croquet on the lawn in Dunedin. Summer in nature is what this part of the world does best at Christmas. So I am home where I plan cleaning up areas not touched in the busyness of the year, ie to sanctify my home, slow down and pay attention and start my young horse with great care and have even discovered wine tasting can bring you fully into the present Happy holiday season to you

  2. As I walked home from a family Christmas dinner this evening, I felt the grace of my community. More than any decoration of light this year, there are hearts everywhere. Hearts on big walls of public buildings, Hearts on homes, big and small hearts, all lit up ! My community celebrates its being.. But could it do that without the heart of its human beings? The glory of our being?

  3. Thank you, David,
    I love “I will make the space where I am my church”. In the church, the synagogue, the temple, the mosque, the chapel and the centre of the circle of life, I will embrace the power of the Creator and the pathways that lead to Love, Truth and Life. So glad you provide an example of that to all of us! Many blessings 🌎❤️

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