Joy is a great form of resilience.
In these days of holiday, I have been reflecting on the need for resilience and hope and the ways that we construct meaning out of what happens in our life. The good. The bad. The unfortunate and the disastrous.
These holiday days can be difficult and they can also be joyous.
When you can and however you can, choose joy.
One of the ways I have found joy in recent holidays is to write a Christmas responsive reading for the congregation. I started doing this the first year of my second call and now it is my own little joyful tradition. Here is what I wrote this year which strikes me as particularly 2017ish.
Jesus brought a message of love to a world divided by need.
The teachings of old were new again in his prophetic vision of a world united.
Here the least could be made most and all that was broken made whole.
He asked that those who heard his message keep it alive through their living.
Response: Through silent nights and nights of wondering, this is the work of the faithful.
Great teachers come, inspired by something larger than their own lives.
They touch the frames which speak to us of greater promise and connection.
They see the strength in the downcast and the holiness in the stranger.
Like Jesus, they ask us to remember the promise.
Response: Through hard nights and nights of questioning, this is the work of the faithful.
Jesus’ message of a love larger than we can truly know could heal our world today.
The teachings of old could be new again, stripped of harm and reduced to truths.
They remind us that we matter to one another and that every person can be a savior.
And when others would forget, we will keep and remember this promise.
Response: Through starry nights and nights of witnessing, this is the work of the faithful.
Merry Christmas to all, written for MDUUC 2017
~Rev. Leslie Takahashi