Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
We are counting down to Christmas ... our wonderful tradition established here at CDHK several years ago. During the countdown to Christmas I hope to inspire you to create haiku, tanka or other form of Japanese poetry through several christmasthemes and every year I have an episode titled "Meditation". That episode is today ...
Maybe you will remember this meditation from our exclusive CDHK E-book "Christmas Stockings", but I think this meditation can inspire you.
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Don't be afraid:
Recently I read a wonderful sermon-like article written by a preacher. That article touched me and I love to reflect on that here ...When Jesus was born the circumstances weren't good, Israel was part of the Roman Empire and it wasn't a joyful country to live. Under those circumstances Mary and Joseph had to go on their way to Bethlehem for a census. Along the way from Nazareth to Bethlehem they had to conquer difficulties, but they finally reached Bethlehem were Mary gave birth to her son Jesus. It wasn't a great place to give labor to her child, but she did ... in the strong belief that God would help her. There in that stable laid in a manger shepherds and wise man came to pay Him honor ... Jesus, the Son of God would bring peace and love back to Israel,but Herod was afraid that this Jesus would "steal" his throne so he (Herod) ordered his guards to kill all first born boys.Mary, Josef and their son Jesus fled to Egypt.The circumstances than are the same circumstances now, because in great parts of our world there is war, war based on religion or on new ideas. Jesus was born under bad circumstances and now more than 2000 year later it seems like there has nothing changed.Peace on Earth is still not there and however we pray for peace every day ... that world peace is far away. Why is there war based on religion? Are we not all the same in nature? Are we not all children of God, Allah, Buddha, Krishna and so on?
One of my beliefs is that only unconditional love for all and everything can bring peace to the world and I hope ... that there will be one day this peace will be there ... maybe I will not be here, but than our children and grandchildren can rejoice with whole the world that peace is finally there.Don't be afraid ... there is a peaceful future ahead of us ...Peace be with you.