A Healing Video for Advent

Here is a wonderful short teaching on Christmas in today’s bitter and difficult world. The teacher is James Finley, a psychotherapist who studied under Thomas Merton. What I love in this is that Finley himself had a truly horrific childhood and adolescence–and yet he has grown into peace. He can still tell the story in this video of trust and blessing. No matter what has happened, no matter how hopeless we feel, we can heal. To me, that is the healing and magic we all need today.

Finley says, “God is unexplainably born in our hearts moment by moment, breath by breath. In order to discover that, we must leave the noise and business of the inn, finding our way in the dark back to the stable. We have to enter into the humility, simplicity, patience, and delicate nature of what’s unfolding in our hearts to discover how God is being born in our lives. We are asked to bring this delicate simplicity out into the world.”

Click here to watch the video.

Author: Jean Gendreau

Jean Gendreau has been lost in her thoughts for about 70 years. She writes about spirit, personal growth and travel. Her essays and children's stories have been published in newspapers, magazines and online journals. You can read her personal essays at www.jeangendreau.com. Jean is a progressive Christian who teaches meditation; her essays about Christian meditation are at www.christianmeditation.blog. She lives with her sweetheart in the woods of northern Minnesota, plays viola and violin, sings in the choir, bakes biscuits and adores her grandson. "The light is rising."

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