Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Ready Or Not...

I look at the calendar and do a double take. Surely it can't be two weeks until Christmas. Maybe you're ready, just waiting for the big day. But some of us are not. Around our house, it appears that my wife is, as always, able to pull it all together, but like a duck, the surface may be calm but below the surface is furious paddling.

What's on your to-do list for Christmas? Is it getting out the cards? Our friends who usually send several pages about their past adventures simply sent us a simple photo card this year. Others are sending their Christmas greetings electronically (I just got one from a large publisher), while many simply find the practice too time consuming in the midst of everything else that demands their attention. We used to use these cards to keep up with our friends and relatives. Now we leave that to social media.

Is it the gifts? Have we spent as much on couple A as on couples B and C? Did we remember to get a gift for that person? Did they give us one last year? Is a gift card out because it's too impersonal? If we decide to give one, how much should it be for? Our society has become fixated on gifts, without thinking of the Gift we've all received.

At Christmas we celebrate Jesus' birth. Oh, I know that it probably happened in the summer (let's not get into that right now).  We're celebrating, so take advantage of it. I'm noticing that songs about Santa and snow are replacing traditional Christmas hymns, but they haven't drowned them out completely. In the midst of all this, let me suggest that you stop and consider the reason for the holiday. And thank Him for the best gift of all. I will.


4 comments:

Priscilla Bettis said...

Happy HOLYday, merry CHRIST's mass, happy birthday Jesus!

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Priscilla.

Patricia Bradley said...

This year there will be no Christmas cards since I'm having a hard time recovering from the Israel trip. Seventeen hours in the air after twelve days of non-stop being on the go is hard on the body. lol. But I loved the trip! It has helped me to focus on the Reason for the Season!

Richard Mabry said...

You're forgiven. You're living out the lesson we all need to learn--take care of yourself first. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
PS--I was an invited guest of the King and Queen of Jordan years ago for some lectures. I crossed over into Israel while I was there. I waded in the brook Jabbok, where Jacob fought the angel, and stood atop the mountain where the children of Israel raised the brass serpent. Wow!.