It happened again – someone commandeered my credit card and made three 4-figure charges. And because of their felony, our use of the card was suspended for the time it took to receive new cards. This hardly seemed fair . . . but “fair” is not what Jimmy Carter said to expect in this world. (The context of this quote is worth reading! )
It was an experience somewhat akin to our losing electrical power in the recent ice storm. We got by – but the consequence of having lost our capacity to buy was as unsettling as no heat or light. However, being slowed down by circumstances beyond our control – and resting this time from shopping – was not all bad. The awareness, of how quickly I can lose the creature comforts and financial security I take for granted, neatly dovetailed with the mixed messages of the season.
The news says there is no peace on earth – the holiday says, Ho-Ho-Ho. And, our holidays seem more connected to presents than the presence of God.
I say I believe in a power greater than myself. When I see how cold and dark our home can get, however, or how limited I am without that 3”x2” plastic card, God reminds me my words have meaning, and consequences.
“Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:13-12 ~ The Message)
It’s one thing to urge people to turn to God – especially during Christmas; it’s another thing though to live each day believing it.
· To perceive Christmas through it`s wrapping becomes more difficult every year. ~ E. B. White (The second tree from the corner)
· 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. ~ Dietrich Bonheoffer
· Selfishness makes Christmas a burden, love makes it a delight. (Author unknown)