21 Dec Passion and purpose at Christmas
Christmas is here. For some it’s a time that fills life with excitement and expectation; for others it is a time of disquiet, uncertainty, even of rejection; while for others, our feelings about Christmas are a bit of a mixed bag.
The values we share at Uniting, as the community services and advocacy arm of the Uniting Church in NSW and ACT, reflect the core purpose and essence of the work we do, not just at Christmas, but day in, day out, year in, year out.
In my role as Director of Mission at Uniting, I hear from our chaplains and pastoral care workers about the care that they witness and the lives that are enriched through the caring and serving of staff and volunteers across our services. Their stories reflect the commitment, the dedication and the passion Uniting people hold for what they do and give voice to how their contributions aid a more just and liveable world.
If you are fortunate to be with those you love and cherish this Christmas, I encourage you to make time to talk about your passions. Talk about what makes getting up in the morning worthwhile, talk about the positive things or the struggles that have confronted you this year and explore how your passion for what you do, and who you are, will carry you into the future. If you feel like you don’t have a deep passion or purpose in life, I encourage you to spend time reflecting on what might be getting in the way of discovering that sense of purpose and what you may actually find you have a passion for if you allowed yourself time to really explore the topic.
I recently read the following paragraph from an anonymous author:
“Passion is powerful. Nothing was ever achieved without it and nothing can take its place. No matter what you face in life, if your passion is great enough, you will find the strength to succeed. Without passion life has no meaning. So put your heart, mind and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the essence of passion. This is the secret to life.”
At Uniting, we welcome you exactly as you are. During the festive season, it’s important to recognise that not everyone who makes up our Uniting family share the beliefs of the Uniting Church, however this does not prevent us from experiencing the sense of belonging and passionately embracing the values of Uniting.
The world was changed by the birth of Christ all those Christmases ago. A new understanding of peace was born with him. As the world continues to change around us, I pray we will experience life in ways that bring us closer together and we will know that peace, which brings calm and understanding among us. May the spirit of Christmas be with us all at this time.
Rev Rick Morrell is the Director of Mission for Uniting.