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The word wreath is derived from an English word meaning to twist in a circle.  Legend has it that wreaths were hung on doors in ancient Rome to represent victory and in ancient Greece wreaths were awarded to victors.

     The shape of the wreath is a circle.  A sacred and joyous symbol throughout time and many different cultures.

      The Lakota Sioux tribe believed in a circle all people are the same.  They share one another's joys and sorrows, see one another's needs, reach out to help and comfort one another, join hands to support, celebrate and accomplish good things together.  Those who mentally and emotionally live in a circle grow in unity with God and others.

     King Arthur instituted his "round" table to fulfill his vision of equality among his knights. When his knights were seated, the circle made it that no one could claim precedence over another.  He desired them to work together for a high and noble purpose.  They were champions for the King to fight cruelty and to courageously face the enemy even unto to death.  A force for good protecting the weak and the underprivileged and expected to be true to their lady loves.

     Millions of Girl Scouts pledge "To serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law".  To reinforce their ideals and to bond the girls stand in a circle, cross arms and clasp the hands of the girls on each side of them and sing "a circle is round it has no end that's how long I will be your friend".

     Pledges of love and fidelity sanctified in the giving and receiving of a ring a symbol of endless devotion.  The circle remains a constant reminder throughout life of the vows and the sanctity of marriage. 

     Across Africa people gather to "circles" with others from the community.  The drum circle offers equality as there is no head or tail, includes all ages.  The objective to share rhythm and be in tune with each other.  A new collective voice emerges as the group drums together.

     The wreath has significant meaning for Christians.  The circular shape represents eternity and God's never ending LOVE for mankind.

     Love, commitment, fidelity, friendship, community.  A wreath encompasses all those ideals. 

     That beautifully decorated circle on your door is chatting with your neighbors.  It tells them about the birth of a child, a milestone anniversary, college graduation, birthday, or a beloved sports team.  A wreath celebrates the joys of life and shares that joy with the surrounding community.  It sparks curiosity, conversation, friendship, community.  In a world so fractured by division we welcome what unites us.  May the circle and all it represents be unbroken.


 Some thoughts about the wreath.           8/8/17

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