Contemplating the Complexity of Christmastime
We are just a few short days away from Christmas Day. A few days after that, we will step into 2019. I feel the need to say something deep and profound about this season... But the only thing that is presenting itself in my heart today is complexity.
For some of us, this is a favorite time of year full of celebrations, friends, family, food and drink. For some of us, this is a difficult time of year full of grief, loneliness, and scarcity. For some there are plenty of presents, a warm home, and precious moments of connection. For some there is not a roof or gifts or friends. For some, there is hustle, bustle, and chaos from travel or out-of-town guests. For some there is the steady motion of tradition - this year being just like last year. All of this weaves a complex web of expectation and emotion.
In addition to Christmas, there is the end of the year bustle. Last minute scrambles to close out projects and preparations for the coming year. Budget preparations, tax considerations, and financial recovery from the Christmas gift purchases.
Our experiences of this time of year are so wide-ranging and complex that it feels impossible to speak to any general commonality. As your Pastor, it feels important for me to invite you to slow down in the midst of this complexity. In the midst of flashing lights and Christmas carols, set time for rest and reflection. Whether it is first thing in the morning or the last thing before you fall asleep at night - give yourself a moment to breathe and give thanks for all that is good.