I am always a little sad at this time of year as I miss the unique feeling of love and joy and camaraderie that is more evident during Christmas time. I have often reflected on what is it that so enthralls me about the holidays. There is a special…almost parallel universe of peace and goodwill and helping others during Christmas…that is painfully missing from everyday life from January to December.
We celebrate the miraculous birth of Jesus in a manger surrounded by his loving mother and father and the wise men and the animals…and yet the magnitude of the birth is often lost to us when we forget the reason for the season is message of hope that he brought us.
‘The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.’ Matthew 11:9 KJV
‘They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commands us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that its without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?’ John 8:4-10 KJV
What did Jesus write on the ground?
‘When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,’ John 9:6 KJV
The suffering and less fortunate and homeless and destitute are among us like never before. How much Christmas can we have in our actions and in our hearts by helping someone in need?
The Syrian, the Mexican, the African American, and the Muslim seek a Christian Community that exemplifies the example of their founder.
People who are different from me does not mean that they are lesser than me. Difference should be celebrated and welcomed and learned from.
The theme of our great Country depends on the actions of each of us. If I want a welcoming Country…I must be welcoming. If I want peace…I must be a peacemaker. If I want the hungry to be fed…I must feed the hungry.
Christmas is powerful because of the ideals and demonstrated gracious and loving actions of the little baby born in the manger…so long ago.
The elusive happiness that we all seek…is at the end of our hand…helping our fellow human traveller.