Reflections and resolutions are part of the in
between moment as we prepare for 2019. Rather than offer self-help
palliatives and platitudes, I suggest that we consider history and hope
for our community, nation and world. Here are some reflections and
resolutions for our local and global communities.
President, confrontation and personal attacks are not always the best
way for promoting policies for all people. Please consider greater
conciliation and principled compromise and stop the personal attacks.
and Democratic Congressional Leaders, you can get your revenge or
actually legislate. You can investigate for two years or build a legacy
of goodness. You can start your Presidential campaigns or actually help
of the media, your partisan “gotcha!” journalism has only exacerbated
tensions. How about serious investigations of facts and explorations
concerning solutions instead on one more hit piece?
of conscience and goodwill, we can begin making the world a better
place by discussing serious issues with civility and leaving ad hominem attacks at the door. We can renew our neighborhoods and our nations with new partnerships for the common good.
for power is more potent than money and sex. Will we use our positions
and privileges to serve or simple aggrandize more authority? Will we
remember why we began a pathway of leadership or will we default into
2019 can be a great year of courage and wisdom, or a terrible year of anger and competition. May we choose well.
A Poem for Christmas Eve
Candlelit church services with wiggly children;
Warmth around a fireplace.
Last minute creating and cooking, shopping and wrapping;
Poignant memories of departed loved ones.
Meals served to thousands without a home;
Grace encounters as Christ comes clothed with gratitude.
The kettle bells ring one more day;
Families brave the weather to visit friends in need.
Divine love comes wrapped in swaddling clothes;
A Virgin Mother nurses her Creator and Redeemer.
Longings for peace arise in hearts;
The Prince of Peace comes near.
A Merry Christmas to all!
Celebrating Advent and enjoying the Christmas
Season warrants reflection of the love of God in Jesus and our response
to this grace through our love for one another. Sometimes this requires
some unlearning. Here are some historical reflections that can help us
and Joseph were not poor and homeless. They were artisans and small
business owners that needed temporary shelter during the census.
were despised by much of society and represented the poor and humble.
How wonderful that they are given revelation of God’s glory in the
humility of Jesus!
Magi from the East arrived about 18 months after the birth of Jesus and
their caravan probably had 40-50 people. It was a major moment of honor
and King Herod, already paranoid and powerful, was deeply threatened.
Interestingly, Christmas was not a universal Holiday in the USA until later in the 19th
C. the combination of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s hearty
celebrations imported from Germany and the marketing of Sears and
Coca-Cola with Santa helped tipped the scales toward joyful gift
is a season of celebration and reflection as we consider the holy
humility of our Lord and the promise of peace in his coming to us. May
we welcome him with open hearts and extend open hands to our neighbors.