I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be peaceful.
May all beings be free from all suffering.
God bless the whole world, no exceptions!
We have two revolutionaries to honor today: Christ Jesus and George Washington. According to the Christian tradition, Christmas marks the birth of Christ Jesus, the Messiah. He came not as a King, but as a child born under humble conditions. He came to overthrow the old and bring in a new order. He was a revolutionary. He came to clean out the temple, kick out the moneychangers, throw out the priests, and let the people know that the Kingdom of God is within. He came to bring the good news. He asked in disbelief, “Do you not know ye are gods?” I would like to share one of my favorite Christmas carols with you today. It isn’t so much the words that draw this song to me, but the haunting melody. I get this vision of a wind blowing through bare tree branches. Sort of like what John says, “The wind blows where it will. You can hear the sound of it, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going”. I hope it speaks to you as it speaks to me.
There was another revolutionary act that took place on December 25, but it was about one thousand seven hundred and seventy six years later. On the night of December 25, 1776, George Washington made the decision to attack the Hessian held town of Trenton , NJ. He led the ragtag Continental army across the ice-swollen Delaware River in a sleet and rain storm. To add to the difficulties, a significant number of Washington 's forces marched through the snow without shoes. The next morning they attacked to the south, taking the Hessian garrison by surprise and over-running the town. This is considered one of the most significant battles of the Revolutionary war. News of the victory re-inspired the languishing troops, and the rest is history. Hope you enjoy this “revolutionary” video: