Birth In A Barn
This is the time of year when it is politically correct to speak of Jesus. It is, after all, the Christmas season! A very long time ago, a couple traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem to comply with a census that returned them to their town of origin. While there, the woman, Mary was preparing to give birth. Unfortunately, there was no room for them to stay in traditional establishments. Perhaps due to all the other travelers, the inn was full. And so, searching for a safe place, they found a stable. It surely did not look like this one, but you get the idea!
Can you imagine the stress and travail they must have experienced, trying to prepare for the birth, and getting waylaid in a stable!? And yet, God came, anyway. Perhaps not where they thought, but He showed up. As we experience the stresses and pulls of our lives, when things do not go our way, when we feel pulled and shut down and there appears to be no way out…We have this story. It reminds us the there IS, indeed, room…It may not be the way you expected it to be, but God will always show up. Sometimes, we may have to lay down our busyness, and return to the simplicity of what is most basic, grounding, and affirming, in order to see where the answer comes.
The past two years have interrupted our lives in unprecedented ways. We have had to pivot, regroup, be resilient, embrace emotional agility. And, we need to feel, to grieve, to cry. We need to rely on a Power greater than ourselves to assist us getting through the loneliness, the isolation, the solitude. We need to have the courage to trust, which is oh-so-hard to do when we cannot see the way.
For those of us who embrace The Resonant Horse, we know that the very act of BEING in the barn is calming. We may not have/see the whole picture-how could we-but we know that in this place of smells and animals and safety; there IS room for God to be born. Perhaps you do not come from a faith tradition which mentions God. There IS room for greater love, purpose and passion to appear in your life. Breath by breath, creation can unfold.
Here. In a stable.
Where, a long time ago, a birth occurred. As you read this, perhaps something is getting birthed within you, right now. Allow it to come forth. And then, change your world with what is causing you to come alive.
Whether you cherish this season– or perhaps have another holiday tradition– may you leave room. Leave room for curiosity, openness and love. That’s how the horses live!
We are very happy to report that we will are having a VERY SPECIAL HORSE CIRCLE on Saturday, Christmas Day, December 25th. From 1:00-2:30 pm, we shall experience the holiday within the setting of the barn, with the horses and of course, Jack, the turkey. Come be refreshed and renewed as we spend some moments pondering what life would have been like as one gave birth in a barn.
Social distancing will be in place. Please wear hard soled shoes or boots, and dress for the weather. Hot cider will be provided, as well as frankincense and myrrh. $30.00.
UPDATE: We are almost full for the Christmas Horse Circle. If you are interested, please pm Mindy SOON!!