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A favorite quote comes to mind as Christmas 2017 approaches: "If you continue in my word...you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8: 31-32.

JoAnn, my wife, was out buying Christmas cards for us a week or so ago. At first, I was a little surprised when I looked inside the card she had brought home and read the following: "Wishing you a Heavenly Christmas." JoAnn and I are spiritual people, but we are not especially "religious."

But the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. Christmas should be a heavenly experience, shouldn't it? A magical experience. A nurturing experience. An opportunity to remember and honor and give thanks for what is truly important in our lives.

And what would that be? What is truly important in life? Well, for me, the answer is simple. It's truth--because just as the quote says, it is truth that can set us free. Not some vague, theoretical truth existing somewhere beyond ourselves. No. That will never set us free. Not some vague, theoretical God existing somewhere beyond ourselves. No. That will never set us free, either

What Jesus revealed, to my mind, the magical and timeless gift he bequeathed to us, is this:  He reminded us, through the example of his own life, the courage of his own life, the devotion of his own life, that though we may be housed in a human body for the time being, who we truly are is Spirit, immortal and free.

Who we truly are, you and I, is Love. Love made visible. Who we truly are is Compassion. Who we truly are is Truth. And who we truly are is Joy.  I wish you Godspeed and would love to hear your thoughts  on the above.

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