7 Swans, Swimming for Peace

Christmas, the 7th Day……..seven swans a-swimming–more active than yesterday’s snoozing geese, but looking quite peaceful on the water.

Tradition says that this is a reference to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel (right judgment), fortitude, knowledge, piety, and awe of God. Or the seven sacraments of the church: baptism, eucharist (communion), reconciliation, confirmation, marriage, holy orders (ordination), and anointing of the sick.

And today is the sixth day of Kwanzaa, where we focus on Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) or creativity that helps us use our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community.

In this combination of virtues, sacraments and Kwanzaa principle, we can truly experience God’s deep desire that we be at peace with each other in community. That community is more than those at MCC Richmond, or in global MCC, or even everyone in Central Virginia. God wants the whole world to be at peace, together.

Let our resolution for 2010 be to live peacefully, adding our peace to others to create an abundance of peace for all.