Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A thought for Christmas

In this month of December as we ponder the birth of Jesus anew, I am reminded of the revelation that the Grinch (from How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss) experiences after he has taken all of the presents and decorations and food from the Whos of Who-ville. They wake-up on Christmas morning and begin to sing their song...
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
And the Grinch's heart grew three sizes that day...

Christmas is not about buying. It’s not about presents. A lovely quote online put it this way: “Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” (Janice Maeditere)
“What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.” (Gospel of John)
That light brought rich Wise Men and poor Shepherds to the manger to glorify and praise God. It was the light in the midst of the darkness in the world. It brought grace upon grace. Indeed, God let it show on that first Christmas Day when the word became flesh and dwelt among us that what is important is our relationships.

Today, let us open our hearts for Christ is born for us, the Word has become flesh and dwelt among us, and that open heart can lead us to do what Christ asks us to do today and always, to love one another.

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