Today is a day of feasting, friendship and gaiety, often overlaid with regrets and sorrow. Too often, “Christmas is the Disneyfication of Christianity." (Don Cupitt) I am not down on Disney – but an adventure in an amusement park leaves us stuffed, exhausted and broke – just like too many of our Christmases!
Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote
We have become so accustomed to the idea of divine love and of God's coming at Christmas that we no longer feel the shiver of fear that God's coming should arouse in us. We are indifferent to the message, taking only the pleasant and agreeable out of it and forgetting the serious aspect, that the God of the world draws near to the people of our little earth and lays claim to us. The coming of God is truly not only glad tidings, but first of all frightening news for everyone who has a conscience.
I hope and pray your celebration is blessed with your heart’s desires, gentle readers, and a holy, happy knowledge that God gave His Son so that you might have life and have it abundantly. (Psalm34)