The coming of Jesus Christ is more than an awakening for many. It is also a time to reflect. I think it was Jimmie Buffet who said “Older and wiser voices can help you find the right path, if you are only willing to listen.” So it is true today as your mind and social conscious is now more active than ever. Aware of the trouble and strife that lies before you during these times of Christmas like it has never before. By no means have I been a devout Christian nor am I unique. My heart has taken me to new levels of attending the church down the path as my yearning for knowledge of the gospel has been an eye opening occasion. As my age begins to slow me down to allow more time for reading, my mind has gleaned the wisest words since I embarked upon this vision. Best described as a pace that allows me to listen more effectively and recognize the thoughts as they were truly meant to be, I am now seeking the wisdom I have always known to exist in the Bible.
Recent presence inside a church has created an awareness of the Advent and the coming of Christmas. The church and its designated cleric have worked hard to spread the words of the coming of Jesus and have suggested we glance at Christmas as a time to receive Jesus rather than to take the delivery of commercially tempted materialistic merchandise. Ignoring the need for repentance, we fill our world with worldly things rather than the goodness of the parables in the Bible.
One must ask themselves this question “What has happened to the Old Fashioned, spiritual Christmas?” Why have we forgotten and disregarded the Advent of Christ’s coming? The answer is not as clear as it could be but this contemplation and commitment must be introduced into our heart to comprehend what has happened to our civilization. The Church is slowly becoming a place where only the persons who take the time to reflect come to kneel and pray. As the others, those who are full or anticipation of the holidays and its earthly goods, bustle down the shopping centers and fill their bags up with gifts that will bring joy for a few but neglect to provide them with the ultimate gift, of Jesus. In no way judging others for their shortcoming or pleasure, I pray for them to join us before the day Christ was born. The joys of celebrations have been altered to the joys of gift of high tech toys and X box devices. Nowhere is the time we once had to show in the very midst of our preparations for Christmas, we made time for Jesus. Christ the reborn, who should be living inside our hearts, our homes and our daily lives. So now we quietly sit here on the aged and old wooden pews, kneeling for prayer and asking our Father to forgive us for our trespasses as we forgive those who trespassed against us.
We pray for the joys of celebrations and the joys of anticipation as we welcome Jesus into our hearts, our homes and our lives. Someone once said the devil is always the busiest around the holidays. This must be true as the spirit is surely misdirected and often mistaken for a colorful wrapped gift under the artificial tree that so many have decorated to make their living rooms so pretty. The preparation of food, the sing of carols and the anticipated feast of Christmas should be included in the time to make room for the most precious gift of all, the reception of Jesus Christ, our Savior, into our hearts and our living words.
So as many people think this season to be jolly and filled with laughter and celebrations, let us not forget the Advent experience where the coming of Christ is the reason for us to have hope, love and light to shatter the darkness. Take the time to make the world more loving, and give us reasons for hope and sincere change to fulfill our lives into the values of the Advent and its reflections. Let charity guide your hearts and find a sack of food to give to another, spare the toys at first and always remember that there are many children who need to eat and sleep where it is warm and dry. Then when your conscience knows they are fed and warm, give them a toy to show off their charm.