21 Dec A Spiritual Christmas
by Martha Shepherd
in Staff Authors
A number of years ago, the two of us who lived at MH Ottawa, had a deep desire for a “spiritual Christmas.” We were fed up with the way each year, despite our best intentions, the heart of Christmas seemed to disappear in a whirl of activity.
This year we wanted to skip the decorating, the visiting, the feasting and so forth, and go straight to the grace of the birth of Jesus Christ. Our solution to the situation was to go deeper into the desert—to a monastery.
That, however, was not as simple as it sounds. The monastery was a mere five hours away, but we have no car. By bus, this would be a costly, 24-hour trip; a rented car slightly less costly and quicker. But in either case, it had become immediately obvious that this…