Dear Friends in Christ,
“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.”
Well, as we all know it is not the night before Christmas - it is rather the season before Christmas. And if the truth be told we are not all snuggled down in our beds awaiting the glorious celebration of Christmas; rather, we are in a difficult time for us as a people. Regardless of our political orientations, we know we are a divided people, casting a cloud on the promise of Christmas.
So what are we to do?
I believe the answer really is in the promise of Christmas. The Messiah’s birth signaled the beginning of a new era of peace and goodwill among all peoples. You and I have the great opportunity to help bring that promise to fruition. We can seek to come together as a people. We can seek to truly love our neighbor as ourselves even when we do not agree with that neighbor. We can seek to truly reach out and care for those who so need our care. In short we can try and become the "little Christ” that we each were created to be.
The promise of Christmas is only an empty one if we turn aside and do nothing. It is a promise that can only be fulfilled if you and I ACT. So, my brothers and sisters in Christ let us commit to making that season of Advent a season in which we ACT . Every Day let us begin our day my asking the old question "What would Christ do this day?" – then try and do it – Peace - Dick