Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8
According to the popular song this is, "the most wonderful time of the year". And, you know, I think I agree. The seasons of Advent and Christmas, coupled with Thanksgiving, and New Year’s, along with other religious holidays, such as Hanukkah, Dwali, and Kwanza bring a special celebratory feeling to November and December for friends and family of all backgrounds and faiths.
For Christians it is certainly the most wonderful and sacred time of the year.
So, I propose that we all get caught up in the wonderful spirit of the season.
When I watched my granddaughters decorate their Christmas tree and witnessed the complete delight they experienced in that simple act, I wanted to recapture that sense of joy. Throw cautious adult beliefs and behaviors to the wind. Let's believe it all!
Listen for the Gabriel's message to the young girl Mary, experience the angelic dreams inspiring Joseph, hear the angelic choirmaster announcing, " Good news of great joy", and see the skies filled with the choir of Angels. I say, let the beauty, power and mystery of the story of Jesus birth grab us, stop us in our tracks and say, "Wow, look what God has done!" Let's be kids again this Christmas, all of us.
Yes, lets open our hearts, souls, minds, eyes and ears to experience the wonderful magic and excitement and thrill of Christmas like a child. Let's get busy writing our Christmas wish list, hoping for the perfect gift. Fill the house with delicious aroma, while baking cookies and drinking hot chocolate. String the lights on the tree, filling the room with a warm glow. Throw the tinsel on the tree! (does anyone use tinsel anymore?)
If we can experience Christmas as if we were 2 or 6 or 12 years old, maybe we will feel the thrill and excitement of celebrating Christmas all-out, full throttle, without it being drudgery, a tiresome obligation.
Yes, that's what we need in this dreary world. A personal sense of wonder, delight and joy this season.
As the beautiful Christmas carol reminds us, "Joy to the world the Lord has come!"
So, come sing the old advent and Christmas hymns and carols with us. Listen to the old, old story and experience the deep and profound love of God in the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, "come lets us adore him"
Peace and Joy;
Rev. Donald M. Pitches