Christmas Thoughts from Chaplain Holly

“There are miracles all around, miracles yet to be found; Hid in every heart is an answered prayer; like a candle’s flame Hope will lead us there.”

   Words from “The Miracle Hymn”, Max Lucado’s “The Christmas Candle” movie.

A miracle was born 2000 years ago, a babe lying in a lowly manger because there was no room for his parents at the inn.  Christ the Lord, Emmanuel, God with us in human form, the Prince of Peace.

Miracles still happen today as we welcome Christ into our hearts, minds, and souls, and receive the Love God has for us.

It is a miracle that we can be an answered prayer for someone else by providing much needed kindness or help while another is in distress. For one person receiving bread and a place to sleep is the miracle; for another someone to sit and keep watch during a difficult illness; for another the gift of friendship in a season of loneliness; for another the gift of welcome; for another the gift of taking a stand against racism or prejudice ; and for yet another the gift of deep listening and understanding.

How are we called to incarnate the love of Christ for someone this Christmas?  Be the much needed “present” for someone else that will be more beautiful than any present one could find beneath a Christmas tree? The miracle someone is hoping for, the miracle someone may not even realize they need?

And who will be the miracle God is sending to us this Christmas carrying Christ’s love, bringing healing, new life and hope as we go into a new year and decade?

May we be open to receive the precious gifts God has for us this season, the most precious one of all, Christ the Lord.

UCM and our L3 program are wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas and a new year bright with hope.

Jesus Christ is born!

Chaplain Holly

The words of the great Howard Thurman:

I Will Light Candles This Christmas

Candles of joy, despite all sadness,

Candles of hope where despair keeps watch,

Candles of courage for fears ever present,

Candles of peace for tempest tossed days,

Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens,

Candles of love to inspire all my living,

Candles that will burn all the year long.

L3: Power of Purpose

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

12 – 2 p.m., Come and go as needed, Pyon Su Room, 2108, Stamp Union with Free Lunch
We’ll celebrate and reflect about the past semester.
What were your UMD semester highlights?  What events/experiences impacted you the most?How have you grown spiritually or in your faith or world view?
We will also provide encouragement for the upcoming final exams and papers!
Hope to see you soon. Friends always welcome.

Busy Retreat Celebration 11/24

Hope you will join us Sunday evening for the
End of Busy Retreat Celebration, 6 – 7:30 p.m.,  Garden Chapel Discussion; refreshments in the Lounge.
Come and meet other students who have been on the Busy Student Retreat with you from across campus,reflect on your experience, and celebrate completing the retreat journey!
Also remember to email your Busy Student Retreat point sheet by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, 11/24 to be considered for prizes.  1st Prize = $50 gift certificate University Book Store; 3 Runner-up prizes = $15 gift certificate Jason’s Deli
Hope to see you soon!

11/20 L3:Power of Purpose Enneagram & Busy Retreat

Tomorrow’s L3: Power of Purpose 12 – 2 p.m. (come and go as needed)

Pyon Su Room, 2108, Stamp Union, LUNCH included!

We will be learning about the enneagram as a tool for self and spiritual understanding, and check-in about the ongoing Busy Student Retreat.
The week-long retreat goal is to deepen your faith/spirituality while also learning about the spiritual paths of others.
Hope you will join us tomorrow for a really great session! See below for more info.

Enneagram Test:

Come and find your different personal and spiritual attributes!

What were your top three personalities?

How do they relate to your spirituality, core values and religious practice?


Busy Student Retreat

Some Mid-Busy Retreat Questions:

1.   How is the retreat going for you?

2.   What are you learning from the retreat?

3.   Talk about the activities you are participating in.

4.   What are you learning about your own faith and tradition?

5.   The faith and traditions of others?

6.   Is it challenging to do these activities with your other student responsibilities? Why or why not?