December 23

Blessed is the season which
engages the whole world in
a conspiracy of love.

Hamilton Wright Mabie


Today's Meditation:

I love the words "conspiracy of love."  And while the season in which we find ourselves isn't necessarily one that speaks in terms of spirit and religion to everyone, it definitely is a season that gets people to think outside of themselves for a while.  And while there seems to be a conspiracy among retailers and others who have something to sell us to turn the season into a frenzy of buying and spending, it's our choice whether we buy into that approach or not--or whether we we keep our season simple and straightforward, focusing on our contribution to the conspiracy of love.

Personally, I love the season, and much of what I love has to do with the traditions that we've attached to it.  It's a time of family and friends, egg nog and cookies and turkey, music and wholesome television programs and movies.  To me, all of these things speak to the love and the hope of the season, and it truly is a blessed season that keeps us immersed in a positive and uplifting atmosphere.

Of course, there will always be the Grinches and the Scrooges.  But we can be like Scrooge's nephew and the Whos in Whoville, and not let them bring us down to their level, not allow them to pull us away from the love of the world.

Blessed must be any season, any day, any situation that pushes people into a conspiracy of love.  Blessed are we when we find ourselves immersed in that conspiracy.  And we can pass on that blessing by contributing to the conspiracy and adding to the love.  We just need to go with the flow, and allow the season to pull us with it.

Questions to consider:

Just how does Christmas get us involved in a "conspiracy of love"?

How might we share the love of the season with the people who are in our worlds with us?

Why do so many people deny or fight against the love of the season?

For further thought:

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or
modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think
of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?

Bob Hope


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