Monday, December 24, 2012
Dr. Gary G. Kindley
“The Word became a human being and lived here with us.” John 1:14a (Contemporary English Version)
"It’s OK If You’re Not Ready For Christmas, God Is."
"It’s just me!", I announced through the phone as my friend answered. "I was calling to see if you were home. I have a gift I want to drop by."
"I’m very behind and today’s not a good day," she replied. "Let’s do it another time. I’m just not ready for Christmas yet."
Certainly, that phone conversation could have been reversed or been you or any number of people on either end of that call and the conversation still would have rung true. I’ve been there, and it is likely that you have, too. There are times when we are just not ready for Christmas.
If "being ready" involves completing tasks on a to-be-done list, I can relate to that. If "being ready" involves being emotionally and spiritually available for the significance of what Christmas commemorates, I’m tagged again. Despite my best intentions, there have been years when the Advent Devotion guide didn’t get read, gifts for family were scrambled for at the last moment, and Christmas cards went out during Epiphany (after all, it is a related season on the Church calendar)!
I sent a card with a monetary gift to my young adult sons whose religious beliefs are a bit different than my own. They are Christ-followers who don’t celebrate Christmas but are likely grateful that Dad still remembers them anyway. On the check I wrote, "Merry arbitrary calendar observance of Jesus’ birth." I hope it brought a smile along with knowledge that they are loved and precious to me.
Whether or not we can fully comprehend what God has done and is doing in the world, it’s OK. What truly matters is that God has and does show up. Christians are people who’ve discovered the love of God revealed through Jesus and life has never been the same. That’s what we need to remember. That’s what we need to prepare ourselves to receive—the truth of God’s unconditional acceptance of us as loved and precious.
Holy One, whether we are ready or not, burst through our bubble and help us to see the greatest truth of Christmas: God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God! Amen.
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