We live in a marvelous, miraculous, mysterious place and its creation is worth celebrating. The worlds religions (ancient, modern and most probably in the future) create a set of cohesive reasons of the the cause, nature, and purpose of life and the universe for their followers to believe in. This is a beautiful example of the human mind’s creative imagination and a wonderful way for us to impart to our children the majesty and magical nature of the world we are all born into. This particular time of year (the winter solstice) has been and will probably continue to be one of the most common times the religions notice and celebrate creation as it is inextricably tied to the movement of our planet through our solar system.
Which set of cohesive reasons we choose as our own beliefs is not important (other than of course to us). No set is more important than another. Each is an important thread of the philosophy woven into the tapestry of human thought. Each has merits for being retold and remembered. Pick one that you enjoy. Pick the one that inspires you or awes you or alternatively write one of your own. I myself was raised in the Christian tradition and so it is the religion I know best. I enjoy most of it although I believe little of it is the real truth but that does not stop me from fully celebrating the creation of life in the universe. To me the Judeo-Muslim-Christian story is symbolic of the birth of humanity on earth. The timing is probably about 35,000 years or so off but really that is the blink of an eye in the timeline of the universe and I am a forgiving guy. Here is how my own story of creation goes…
For the universe so loved creation that it gave of itself the elements of life which sprang forth into a garden teaming with life in which all depended, supported, nourished and created anew each other in the cycle of life. But this only explains the physical aspects, and believe you me they are miraculous enough but there is even more to my story. And when the life cycle reached an age it became aware of itself and of others. In time it became aware of all manner of life and even beyond that of creation itself. And this was marvelous indeed for it demonstrated that life was more than simply the chemical elements formed together, it was and has a consciousness. And this consciousness was in and of itself as creative as the chemicals from which it sprang and it was worthy of contemplation and celebration.
My own creation story is one that inspires me. It is a slight embellishment from my earliest creation story which was “God is love” but hey things happen as life evolves. My contemplation of this thing called life is a wonderful part of my celebration of my own life, life itself and the universe from whence it came. This Christmas, regardless of your religious/spiritual/philosophical beliefs I hope that you will find the time to notice the magic and majesty in your own life and those around you. I know that in doing so I create a life I love to live and I wish the same is true for you.