Holiday Bridge Notes – Rev. Deanna Vandiver

This Public Service Announcement brought to you by your Unitarian Universalist bridge minister who has just been creatively reminded by the universe of this important truth.


Beloveds, in the crush of this season of holidays, remember that YOU GOT PEOPLE.


Contrary to the images of loneliness and unworthiness being projected onto us during this commercialized season – you are intimately and ultimately connected to all of creation.

Whether you buy or receive holiday gifts, send cards, light menorahs, kinaras, Christmas trees, or bonfires – during the longest nights of the year and during the longest days and every time in between, you are not alone.


The myth of this culture is one of worth based on stuff and perfection.
The myth of this culture says you have to earn grace.
The myth of this culture is deeply isolating and numbing.


These are not life affirming myths.
These are not myths to live by.


Sister Joan Chittister declares that “The paradox is that to be human is to be imperfect but it is exactly our imperfection that is our claim to the best of the human condition. We are not a sorry lot. We have one another. We are not expected to be self-sufficient. It is precisely our vulnerability that entitles us to love and guarantees us a hearing from the rest of the human race.”


In this holiday season remember:
You are enough.
You belong.
You are not alone.


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