What is Christmas all about?

Dear Neale...Can you tell me what, exactly, everybody is celebrating at this time of year with this Christmas observation? I am wondering what the Conversations with God "take" is on all of that. Thanks. Roberta G., Kansas City

Dear Roberta...A couple of years ago I answered this very question in the CWG Weekly Reader. I said then that the Christmas celebration itself has gotten so big, so almost out of hand, that it seems that a lot of different people have a lot of different ideas about what it's all about.

One thing that I know it's not about, for me, is a doctrine or a dogma. It's about celebrating the birth of Christ, for sure, because that is a cause for celebration, but it's not about, for me, the birth of a religion or a theology.

It's about the birth of the savior, for sure, but only if the savior is born on this night.

There was a savior born, in a manger, so we are told, many, many years ago. But here is something that we have not often been told: There has been a savior born every night, and every day, and every minute somewhere on this planet, from the beginning.

That's my thought about it, anyway. And I place it before you this evening as a possible consideration, as an idea. Nothing more.

Not a dogma, not a doctrine. Just something to consider, to think about, to ponder in our hearts.

What if each of us was intended to be a savior? What if we all were? What if every time someone is born, a savior is born? The only question then would be, whether we know it or not...

There is something we are celebrating tonight, and it feels to me like it's larger than any one person or any one religion or any one spiritual doctrine.

There's a feeling that millions of people experience tonight--they experience it in common and they experience it together. And boy, I'm sorry if this sounds naive, or even sappy, but I think that feeling can be put into one word: LOVE.

Now if Love really is what we are celebrating tonight, it will not matter what kind of package it comes in, what kind of dogma it's wrapped in, or what kind of doctrine it's flavored with. It would only matter whether it was real and true, and present, here and now--in our lives and in our world.

And there is one way to guarantee that it is. By putting it there.

It is, in the end, up to us.

If we want humanity to receive the true gift of Christmas, and to have it last the whole year through, we have to agree to become, each of us in our own way, the savior.

I realized as I was thinking about this that nothing that is going on during this special time will have any meaning until I give it meaning in my own life, and in the lives of others. We're living in a world right now that is not the kind of world we would choose, if we thought we had a choice.

Here is the news on this day. It is the news that Christ came to tell us.

We do.

We do have a choice.

All of us do, and if we will give ourselves permission to see it that way, and to see ourselves that way--as the person making the choice, as the person modeling the choice, as the person sharing the choice, we can save the day for humanity. The savior can be born tonight, when we allow love unconditional to be born again in our hearts.

I got something in my email the other day, and I want to share it with you. It's perfect for now, because it reveals to us just how easy it is to love, just how easy it is to be an individual savior in a world that's begging to be saved, person by person, moment by moment.

This is a story that comes to us from a woman who, many years ago, worked as a volunteer at a hospital. She got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease.

Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.

The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. The boy hesitated for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes, I'll do it if it will save her."

As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks.

Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away?".

You see, being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

What we're talking about here is love. Plain and simple, short and sweet. We're talking about love.

Love can be sent to others in a thousand ways. Even thoughts of love can change things. They can be felt. By you, and by the person you are thinking of, too.

Yes, they can.

You can literally "send love to another" with the power of your thought. In fact, you'll have a chance to do that tonight. In just a short while, we'll be lighting these candles, and that ritual can mean more than you know. If you think of someone with love tonight as you light that candle, whether they are in their body or have left their earthly body, it will not matter. They will feel it.

And this is how it begins. Through simple acts such as this. I promise you. The love for another that you ignite in your heart is ignited in the heart of the other. The light may be dim at first, but it will never go out. It cannot, as long as you keep placing it there. Then, the savior is born....in us.

And then we can bring, we can truly bring, Joy to the World.

Merry Christmas, everyone.






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Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now famous conversation with God.

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