I am excited. Plans for this year’s Christmas at The Madison Benefit Concert are well underway and… I am excited.
Excited because so many people have already turned up to say, ‘Count me in’.
Excited because it promises to be an evening filled with love and laughter, music and song, people who care, a community of giving and… because my daughters will both be there and Alexis will be singing as will her step-sister and brother! Yeah!
I’m excited because since producing the first concert last year I’ve had lots of affirmation that this is a great way to draw attention to the need to ensure those who served our country and then found themselves lost on the streets, deserve our support and attention. And this year, we’ve moved to a bigger venue with the opportunity reach more people and touch more lives. St. Stephen’s Anglican Church has graciously offered up their newly renovated space and it is beautiful! What a blessing.
And I’m excited because, well Christmas is coming! That time of year when our senses awaken in awe and wonder. Where the air shimmers with tiny lights glistening in the dark, where eyes widen in wonder and hearts break open in love. It is that time when the birth of a child long ago reminds us that we too are miracles of life. A time when our hearts strengthen with the possibility of letting go of our disbelief of the beauty and worthiness of our human condition and with every life-giving heartbeat, we surrender and fall in Love.
It doesn’t matter if you are Hindu, Baptist, Muslim, Bahai, Christian. It doesn’t matter to what God, or Gods you kneel or bow before. What matter at this wondrous time of year, as it does all year, is that you let go of disbelief to embrace the magnificence of your human spirit shimmering in the light of Love.
What matters is that you hold onto all that is true and beautiful and life-giving about who you are, and release into the dark night your fears of never being enough, of never having or giving or knowing all there is to have or give or know.
We are all human. We are all connected. And at this time of year, more than any other, I am reminded of the power of that connection and our capacity to strengthen it in Love for one another.
On December 8 we will gather to sing and laugh and dance and play. It would be so wonderful, so amazing, so joyful if you could join us. If you’re here in Calgary or near about, please do come and sing with us. Please come and add your face, your voice, your beautiful heart to the song we shall be singing of Love and joy and community coming together to stand shoulder to shoulder with the men and women who have served our country and lost themselves on the way back home. Come help us ensure they have a place to come home to where they know they too can experience the safety and peace they fought so hard to protect for us.