In my faith tradition traditionally December 25th is celebrated as Western Christmas. (Stay tuned for more on Eastern Christmas or Nativity.)
In our family, this has never been a time just for gifts and extravagance in everything from material goods to food. Instead it has been a time to remember the birth of someone we believe changed the world — from the calendar we use to the Church to the individual.
I am so grateful for you, the readers of Communicating Across Boundaries. You’ve read, commented, purchased Between Worlds, and offered your generosity in so many ways. We in this space come from many different faith traditions and beliefs. Thank you for graciously reading and responding to my beliefs, communicating across the boundaries of faith and culture. You have made this space what it is today.
As I sit beneath a Christmas tree, with colorful lights twinkling brightly, I am incredibly grateful for an extended family that spans continents, for the gift of five amazing kids who offer their unique selves to the world in various ways, to Holy Resurrection, a church that has lovingly embraced our family, to my husband who shares my love for people and the world and enters into life with a unique passion that is passed on to all he meets.
And I am grateful to the Word made flesh, “Only Begotten Son, Immortal Word of God. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven….”*
See you in the New Year! And there’s still time to purchase Between Worlds before 2015! OH YES THERE IS!!
*Hymn of the Incarnation sung at each Divine Liturgy in the Orthodox Church.