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The Christmas Spirit

Well, Christmas is just around the corner – AND I’M NOT READY!!  But I read something this morning that made me reflect upon the true meaning of Christmas.

I sit here and worry that the Christmas pudding isn’t made and I haven’t decided on a stuffing for the turkey yet.  Yes  – a whole bird for the first time!  And really, it will all get done and be ready on the day.  Aren’t we the luckiest family in the world.  We will all be together on the day.  My grandchildren will be over excited and very noisy (just the way it should be), we will share drinks before a sumptuous feast of baked turkey and ham, mouth-watering salad, and simply to die for deserts.  We will share love, laughter and gifts – making us the richest family in the world.

The quote I read was:

At this festive season of the year…..

it is more than usually desirable that we should make some

some provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly

at the present time…..

We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when

want is keenley felt and abundance rejecoices.

Charles Dickens

I know how busy it is in the last few days before Christmas, but today I am going to try to make a difference, giving of my time or my money, to someone who is having trouble making their dreams come true.  I would encourage everyone to do the same.

Merry Christmas to you all.  May you spend a wonderful time with your loved ones, and may you all be blessed to experience the true meaning of Christmas

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2 thoughts on “The Christmas Spirit

  1. I know its a bit late, but this is something I shared at our Combined Churches Christmas Celebration on 1st December:
    I feel tired before it’s even started.
    The cards (should I bother?)
    The presents (who to buy for?)
    The decorations (real or artificial?)
    The family… (I love them all but…)
    The crowds, the hassle, the weather –
    Wake me up when it’s all over.

    Father….
    I know I shouldn’t feel this way
    but if I’m honest,
    Christmas again, so soon! –
    it makes me weary just thinking about it.
    Which makes me wonder,
    how was it for you?
    Were you weary too?
    Just thinking about it?

    It all begun in makeshift circumstances.
    Sorry, Lord, we were not better prepared –
    some things don’t change.
    Was it a sign of things to come,
    of an uphill struggle
    to make your voice heard.
    Uphill towards Jerusalem.
    Uphill to the Mount of Olives.
    Uphill to the hill of execution.
    Hoping we would follow.
    Hoping we would respond to you,
    welcome you then,
    welcome you now.

    Lord, were you tired before it even started?
    Or was your love …. your inner energy,
    the love you gave as a light in the darkness,
    the love you give…. the strength I need?
    Will you help us through Christmas?

    Give us the grace to greet you
    without sighs of weariness and frustration.
    Give us the generosity to invite you home
    without thought to the inconvenience.
    Give us the will to rise to your demands,
    to share your love and to receive it.
    It’s not so much to ask, we know,
    when you have faced it all –
    the Christmas task, the Christmas hope –
    more than two thousand times before.

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