As we enter the winter holidays, I recall Camus’ observation, “In the midst of darkest winter, I discovered within me an invincible summer.”
Perhaps at this time more than others, we notice time’s passing. Our festivals of light amidst the dark are all about hope. It is helpful then to be reminded of our Universalist teaching: all souls are worthy of divine love, and, therefore, of human love.
We Unitarian Universalists are a people of hope always and in all ways! No matter how flawed or frail the human condition, our faith teaches us to not give up, to be ever on the lookout for an act of kindness, a bright child, or a community of dedicated souls who will usher in the era of peace, justice and love. No matter how dark things look nor the time of year, moving toward light and hope is in part our ministry.
Thank you, good fellow Unitarian Universalists, for your steadfast loyalty to our faith. May the turning of the year renew your hope and inspire your dedication in the year ahead.
As my Norwegian ancestors put it, may you truly have God Jul (or Gledelig Jul) and a happy Godt nytt år!