Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The Christmas Season has the capability to stir up all sorts of memories and feelings -- some pleasant and some not-so-pleasant. In speaking with various clergy colleagues over the past couple of weeks, it seems that the combination of this terrible economy, the stress of the holidays, and plain old grief has coalesced into a big mess in many families and congregations. I've seen a couple of examples at Big Church. I know GGF has seen her share. My oldest son is really anxious and whiny about Christmas this year -- the anticipation is almost beyond the point where he can enjoy it.
Our Director of Christian Education began our staff meeting yesterday by reading us a portion of that lovely Peter Marshall sermon titled "Let's Keep Christmas". The sermon concludes with these words:
nor 'observe' Christmas.
We will 'keep' Christmas -- keep it as it is . . .
in all loveliness of its ancient traditions.
May we keep it in our hearts,
that we may be kept in its hope."
I hope that the next week is particularly kind to all my friends who are working to make the church a safe and welcoming space during this holiday. I hope that those traveling to be with friends and family are not automatically placed in whatever role their presence assigns them within their family system.
Brett is at the pediatrician with Baby D for his 12-month checkup. I will report later on the massive baby growth. Right now I am happy to be in my warm house, feeling slightly less puny than I did yesterday. I am going to try and blog more often in the new year. Adding a third child to my household has made things a wee more complicated!
Thanks to those who continue to blog my regularly. I do read and keep up with all of your activities.