The Institute of Spiritual Climate
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Sunday, December 24, 2006
“It’s not a mindless, indifferent, blind universe. It never was, get used to it!
In the end, there’s still the Word; Everywhere, in Heaven and its Angels,
The Earth and the stars – Even in the Darkest Dark of the Human Soul.
It was there the Word burned brightest And for a moment, I was blinded.”
. . . Archangel Gabriel
(Christopher Walken, Prophecy 3)
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A Christmas Story
By Rev. David Strickler, Ph.D.
(first published December 2004)
The night was cold and dark. Sand slid beneath the feet of a tired father who led the animal that carried his wife due with child. Dry cold air blowing with sand anguished a frontal assault moving in expectant waves like the rhythm a womb soon to give birth. Joseph looked above as his legs shifted, each step seeking balanced and complete strength from his winded body. He gained refuge in the light that shone from the sea of stars, twinkling and glistening like dewdrops on the petal of roses in the morning sun. Mary softly placed her hand on his shoulder and gently squeezed, leaned forward and with a gentle breath quietly whispered in his ear, “Joseph, I love you. Stop. Rest here a few moments.”
Mary and Joseph paused noticing their shadows growing darker against the seamless robe of grains called the desert. A brilliant Light seemed to grow from a star near the Belt of Orion. Looking up the light grew larger and more intense with the figure of a man beginning to emerge from the liquid light; entrancing with sparkle, fury and scintillation. “Hail! Joseph! Hail! Mary! It is I, Gabriel. The Lord sees your struggle and has sent me to aid you.” Joseph enlivened. Tears streamed from Mary’s deep eyes.
Gabriel circumambulated his hand and it emitted a sparkling Light that entwined Mary, Joseph and the faithful animal that carried her across the desert sand. Refreshed and revitalized Joseph began to walk and lead again. Gabriel spoke and said make haste for the dishonesty and deceit of Herod was not too far behind. He that would seek to kill or stifle this love in the name of self interests and fear is trailing you. For unto you are soon to be born a new dimension, a new dimension of consciousness. That which Was, Is and Yet to Be is coming into humanity from the door of your womb, aisha (Hebrew for woman). In the beginning was the Word and now the Word becomes flesh.
~ finis of story ~
Welcome Friends, Students, and Readers of Spiritual Climate!
The above story was first published in the December 2004 Edition, and it has been rendered a classic by our readers as a breath of fresh air. We thought it appropriate to begin our Christmas Editions with this story each year.
Can it really be Christmas already? Seems like we were just getting ready for Trick or Treaters, and suddenly, poof! Christmas Carols and sparkling lights! Talk about Magic. . . Here is the Christmas Edition, hot off the presses!
Dr. Strickler delves into the beauty of the sights and sounds of the Season, while exposing the Truth of those who seek to avoid and destroy Peace in his article: “THE SPIRIT, SOUND and LIGHT of CHRISTMAS”
Adam Crosthwaite shares his experience of the true meaning of Christmas in any language in his article entitled: “AGREEMENT REALITY”
Wendy Ford presents a new twist on her smashing celebration of the Season this year in her offering of: “THE GIFT of FRIENDSHIP”
Christine Ford explores the inward journey of the dawning of the First Light of the Season in: “THE CLOAK of CHRISTMAS, UNEXPECTED”.
And last but not least, a warm welcome back to Roger Clark, who shares with us an article for Christmas 2006 entitled, “COMING HOME for CHRISTMAS”.
The Staff of Spiritual Climate would like to welcome you to the solemn solitude available to all who seek.
Welcome to the DECEMBER 2006 EDITION of
the SPIRITUAL CLIMATE NEWSLETTER
Best of Love and Life to You and your Family
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