Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holiday Message from Chappell & Dave Holt




Peace on Earth, Joy to all Humankind

   A haze lay upon the conjoined waters of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. Hidden from view, the Carquinez Strait in the distance, I turned my gaze back to the peaks of the Diablo range and thought of the ancient psalmist who sang, “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence comes my help,” (Psalm 121). I too have felt as if angels swooped in over a cleft in the rocks, from out of a mottled gray, late autumn sky, rushing out to meet you in the middle of the air. The spirit helpers or angels bring joy from the heart of Creation.

   The call of a red tail hawk enters my meditations as it roosts in a nearby tree. Then the sound of flapping wings as it leaves the perch to fly further up the hill, calling out a few more times until quiet returns. He’s settled somewhere, to peruse the blue oak forest and meadow below. The woods, silent again; and the still calm of the fall season resumes. Joy comes and also peace for a time.

   We wish you all Merry Christmas and Joy and Goodwill for all women, children, and men. Let us find strength and power to accomplish projects of Peace and Joy in the coming New Year.

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