Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found,

Was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

and Grace my fears relieved;

How precious did that grace appear

the hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares,

I have already come;

Tis grace hath bought me safe this far,

and grace will lead me home.

And when we’ve been there ten thousand years,

Bright shining as the sun,

We’ll have no less days to sing God’s praise

than when we first begun.”

We learn somewhere along the way that light is not particle or wave; it is both particle and wave at the same time. We also learn along our life journey that we are not matter or spirit; we are both matter and spirit set the same time. We are both male and female, filled with light and darkness, life and death existing together. Perhaps, we are also not human or divine, but both human and divine at the same time. This is the lesson that we learn at Christmas; Jesus was both human and divine and he is the alpha and omega – the beginning and the end at the same time. Love was incarnate in human flesh and we are bound together. Entropy and Evolution, existing as one in both the individual and within the community.

At times, we grow up and learn that humanity is basically evil and corrupt. We look around and see the corruption and the wounds of the world coming to be. We see the violence, prejudice and hatred; the fear of the other and the fear of death. We smell the stench of rot all around us and at times within us. But just as this is true, we also are aware of the depth of compassion, courage, hope and service that permeates our world at all times and in all places. We also become a bit aware that we are individuals and part of something much larger than ourselves. We are connected to all of creation; to one another.

We grow up in a world of either/or – but in growing up, we find that the world is in reality both/and. All of life is both human and sacred. The cosmos is both mater and spiritual and both are coming to be within us and around us. At times, our beliefs convince us of our evil nature and that we are damned – evil in the sight of God and deserving of eternal punishment. In this mind-set, we strive to share this condemnation with others and therefore act as judge and jury.

It is most difficult to be thankful for the gifts that we have been given in this state of mind. As we prepare for the annual celebration of Thanksgiving and Christmas; of being thankful for the gifts of life, including the gifts of struggles and difficulties that life brings us, it is important to recognize that the story of the birth of Jesus, reminds us that we are both human and divine, and that we are in constant transformation to the fullness of life; that we are God’s beloved. All of life is the result of love coming alive within creation. We are not finished. We receive the gift of life and in receiving, become the same gift. In this we can be filled with thanksgiving. We can stand in awe, surrounded by the miracle of life around us and within us. We can begin to let go of our jealousies and fears and to see that we are both independent and interdependent at the same time; to live in a both/and world. We thrive when we encounter the difficult times; the struggle. Life demands that we extend ourselves – reach beyond perceived limits. Life is more than emotions – it requires that we reach within ourselves in and find those inner resources that speak of the divine spirit that is within.

God spoke, “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature

So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle,

and yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of the earth.god created human beings, he created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill the Earth! Take Charge!

Be responsible for the fish in the sea and birds in the air, and every living thing that moves on the face of the earth.”

Then God said, “I’ve given you every sort of seed-bearing plant on earth and every kind of fruit- bearing tree, given them to you for food. To all animals and all birds, everything that moves and breathes, I give whatever grows out of the ground for good.” And there it was.

God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so  It was so very good! It was evening, it was morning- Day Six.”

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