Merry Christmas -
The quiet nature of our Christmas festivities has brought me to reflect on my childhood. The Peanuts Christmas Special is something I grew up anticipating and watching every year. Now my children look forward to it as well. One of the things I love about Charles M. Schultz’s creation is the way he told the old story with the contrast of the children’s voices seeking adult spiritual knowledge. You remember, poor Charlie Brown cannot find the meaning of Christmas anywhere; it’s not in the commercials, it is not in perfect relationships, it is not in getting involved with the play, or even in decorating the tree. In the end, Linus his friend reveals the promise of salvation in the gospel of Luke.
The gift of the incarnation is something we receive in an ever deepening way throughout our lives. Our prayer is that Christ will be fully born in our lives. So this morning may you hear as a prayer and a greeting, Merry Christmas!
With you on the journey
Merry Christmas Friends in Christ,
While all of our traditions are disrupted by the pandemic, it does not keep us from joining the spiritual invitation to have a Merry Christmas. The videos in this email have been thoughtfully prepared to include many people in our parish, some of our traditions, and a lot of laughs. For tonight we celebrate the mystery of the Incarnation.
Today I began filming Christmas Eve Worship. I put on my red sweater, we decorated the sanctuary, and I (Josh actually) even carried the advent wreath to the rectory. What are we doing!?
Every team sport, organization and family experiences moments that feel disconnected and disjointed and also rejoices in moments of perfect cooperation. When everyone is singing the same song it feels so good, all together now!
I must have listened to Miles Davis recording, Some Kind of Blue, a million times. It feels like the perfect jazz album. The musicality and emotion pulls me up and out of my self-occupation. I discovered Miles was a great philosopher too, he wrote,
“Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.”
― Miles Davis