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A note from Pastor John
As I’ve been thinking about December’s Footprints article I started to feel as though I was caught in a loop of sorts. The last thing that I want to do is to simply repeat myself. Thus, the challenge: “How can I, in a new and fresh way, hit a home run this month?” My hope and my prayer in writing this is that it will be helpful and meaningful to all of us as we enter into this Advent and Christmas season.
My experience of the season has always been one of beauty, wonder and awe. I’m struck repeatedly, not just by the sparkling lights and the glistening tinsel, but by the intricate crèches, the Christmas carolers singing about Jesus, and the way that the story of the Nativity is told by the children and others. We all know the hazards of the season well, don’t we? It’s so easy to get swept up in the commercial side of Christmas. Black Friday sales have been elevated into a blood sport, and relentless advertising tells us that “more is not enough”, “bigger is better”, and “you really do need the latest and most technologically advanced gadget selling this year”. When the scale tips in this direction I fear we are putting our spiritual lives at great risk.
For many years we’ve heard those catchy little sayings, “Jesus IS the Reason for the Season, “put Christ back into Xmas”, and “whose birthday is it anyway?” just to name a few. I’d like to suggest something a bit different. How about this? “Rethink...Christmas… Spending… Giving… Church.” Follow along for just a bit if you would. Recently a young newlywed found himself swept up in a blog that he had written that went viral. Seth Adam Smith wrote “Marriage Isn’t for You,” and it’s sparked a great deal of conversation and debate. In the opening line, Smith admits that he’s been married for only a year and a half, but says, “I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t for me.”
The opening line captures your attention, but the blog post isn’t what some might initially think. Rather than a proclamation against marriage, it’s the opposite. Smith wrote that the institution should be entered into selflessly, with a focus on one’s partner instead of his or her own self interests. I want to share a few of the thoughtful responses relating to this idea. “A true marriage (and true love) is never about you. It’s about the person you love — their wants, their needs, their hopes, and their dreams. Selfishness demands, ‘What’s in it for me?’, while Love asks, ‘What can I give?’”
In concluding his blog, he wrote “I’m so much happier when I am concentrated on other people,” While Smith said he never anticipated that his story would go viral, he’s hoping that it inspires others to give of themselves in relationships, believing that doing so “is always going to bring life back to yourself.”
What would it be like, if this year, we really did “Rethink Christmas?” What would it be like if we entered into the Advent and Christmas celebration saying to ourselves, “Christmas isn’t for me?” A friend listed his priorities saying this, “I put God first, my family second, and everything else third.” Christmas really is all about God, and God’s extravagant act in becoming flesh in Jesus for you and for me. So this Advent and Christmas, let us journey though the season Rethinking Christmas each and every day.
From our household to yours, may God bless you and your family this
Pastor John & Michelle