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The true gift of Christmas

 

Jesus, it is written, came to earth to bring a gift. The gift of light. The gift of love. The gift of truth.

You and I also came to earth to bring a gift -- the same gift. It is the gift of our own pristine spirit, the eternal, compassionate, loving spirit that is the true birthright of each one of us.

It is this spirit -- that according to the record, shone so brightly in Jesus -- that we celebrate with particular joy and passion in this holiday season.

Yes, our bodies age. They decline and diminish in their power as the years go by.

But this glorious spirit of which I speak -- the birthright of us all -- has no part in aging. It is as fresh and radiant and life-giving in this moment as it was at any moment in the past.

It never loses its luster. It is unchanged from age to age. Only the forms through which it finds expression experience the phenomenon we call birth and death.

I am not a religious person, but I am a spiritual person. And if the season we call Christmas has meaning, which it certainly does, potentially at least, it is this.

It is an opportunity to remember the profound, inalienable truth of our own immortal spirit.

Our bodies -- and perhaps this just as well, really, when you stop to think about it -- are not going to live forever. But in all the history of our race, who has been able to destroy, change, or diminish this brave, wise, compassionate spirit that is the birthright of us all?

I wish you joy this holiday season and a magical, truly fulfilling New Year. If you enjoyed this message please consider sharing it with a friend.

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Tony Palombo December 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Very beautiful, Chris. Your blog is a shining star. Warmest wishes to you and Joann for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New New Year. Tony Palombo

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Christopher Foster December 22, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Thank you so much Tony. How I appreciate our friendship that goes back a pretty long time, doesn’t it?

Merry Christmas to you and Bonnie. Thank you for the unique gift you both bring.

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Joy December 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Absolutely beautiful! Your “glorious spirit” is most radiant recently. Thank you for all that you share:)

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Christopher Foster December 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Thank you for your kind words Joy. Very happy to share this life journey and this special season with you. Blessings.

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KenWert@MeanttobeHappy December 22, 2011 at 4:34 pm

What a wonderful tribute to the eternal nature of the human soul, Christopher! And I like the idea that our role here is to reflect the same light, love and truth as Jesus did.

Profound, my friend!

Have a deeply rewarding Christmas season. Christopher. And keep the awesome insight, warmth and wisdom coming to us in the new year!
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Christopher Foster December 22, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I honor your upright character and spirit Ken, which of course shows through so clearly in your blog. I’m very proud of all you are doing and achieving and most recently your winning the “best personal development blogger” award from Steve Aitchison.

A special joy to share this journey with you and I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas and a truly happy New Year.

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Linda Foster December 23, 2011 at 1:32 am

Thank you SO much for your powerful and potent gift of words and your heartfelt expression of the truth behind Christmas. You are a true blessing and shine a huge ray of light into “the reason for the season”. Your Christmas reminder has touched my heart and I thank you!

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Christopher Foster December 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Linda, thank you so much for writing. Best wishes for a truly happy Christmas. PS It’s good to connect with another ‘Foster’:-)

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Tom Hansen December 23, 2011 at 9:32 am

Chris, I’ve been following along but don’t comment much. Today’s post is exceptionally moving for me at this time of year. Most welcome as a gentle nudge back onto the path in a world too filled with “stuff”.

And a great reminder, as you once wrote, that “we are not what we have thought ourselves to be”. Many blessings to you in this season of stillness.

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Christopher Foster December 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Many blessings to you too Tom. In this stillness of which you speak it’s easy to feel our connection isn’t it.

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Anne Mae December 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

Dear Christopher

Thank you so much for these messages which you send me. They are full of light and love and it makes such a difference to receive them.

Thank you for taking the time to compose these letters. They are not just going out into a careless void, but they actually bring something to my life and my heart. Thank you especially for sharing some of your thoughts and memories of your lovely wife on the anniversary of her death.

You sure are a blessed man. You have had a true love partner which is more than some of us have had. May God continue to bless you, for you are indeed a very blessed man. I hope you have a really lovely peaceful Christmastide. xxx Anne.

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Christopher Foster December 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Anne, your words bring me joy. Thank you for sharing from your heart in this way.

Whatever it is we do, somewhere along the way we just have to give it our best and then let it go. Give it into the hands of the universe so to speak. But it is very encouraging when once in awhile we get confirmation that it really is worthwhile, and that what we offered has been “heard.” Bless you and have a wonderful Christmas.

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Luisa December 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm

As said previously, your words do not fall into a void but fill our lonely hearts and bring us the warmth and love which is truly treasured. Thank you and may God shower you with blessings this joyful Season and the New year.

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Christopher Foster December 23, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I am very touched by your words Luisa. Thank you so much. Blessings to you too now and always.

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Noch Noch December 26, 2011 at 9:33 pm

And Jesus came so I might live. I went to Xmas service on Sunday. I had drifted away, but something pulled me towards church the day before. So I went. And they sang all my favourite songs. And I was reminded once again of the true meaning of Christmas, and of the unconditional love I have around me. To God be the glory.
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Bette Fannon December 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Lovely words Chris – Happy Christmas season to you and may your light shine all through the year. Bette

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Christopher Foster December 30, 2011 at 9:53 am

Thank you so much Bette. I really appreciate your wonderful encouragement. Much happiness to you too this coming year.

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Bette Fannon December 30, 2011 at 10:17 am

right back at you Chris…. Many blessings to you … 🙂 Bette

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William Ferrel January 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Those words can’t describe the mood it makes me get, it’s simply amazing !
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Christopher Foster January 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Thank you William. Very happy to hear from you. Blessings to you.

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