It’s the first day of the last month of the year.  I open my Advent Calendar as I listen to the wind and rain.

Yesterday I was at the Community Congregational Church in Tiburon attending the ordination ceremony for a friend becoming a Zen priest.  It was an interesting juxtaposition as the ancient ceremony was shown on Zoom so on one side of the altar was a huge screen and on the other a nativity scene.  In the middle was the ceremony with rituals handed down for centuries.  

Behind the altar is a view of the bay and through the ceremony the sky moved from light to dark, from seeing outside to seeing the reflection of what was happening within.

This is a sacred time of year no matter what our beliefs, a time to light candles and swell in trust that dark turns to light and all revolves as One.

Wind chimes at my home
View from outside the church at 4:25 in the evening looking southwest
Looking west
Above the Altar
The Past
Brought forward
Reflecting Within

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