Have I been Sleeping?   Leave a comment

In the quiet of Sunday morning, as I prepared to go to church for our Christmas service, I  realized how much my excitement had diminished for the coming celebration. Of course I was looking forward to gathering with the family in our home to do all the normal “Christmas things” but really… Christmas, it seems, began earlier than ever and has arrived quicker than ever!  The pressure and stress has mounted ensuring preoccupation with the purchasing of “stuff” and the preparing of an abundance of food for people (of whom I am one of course!) who have a lot of “stuff”and are often over fed.

Now in case you think I am just a miserable old Scrooge, let me assure you I love Christmas! However this year it has come home to me more powerfully than ever, that  somehow we have almost lost sight of whose birthday we are celebrating and with that so much of the awe and wonder that makes the season so special. When I ask myself what is foremost in my mind in preparation for Christmas, Jesus has not been  very prominent.

My sorrow was only deepened when I observed a child looking at a Nativity scene. “Who is the baby in the manger?” they were asked to which they replied “I don’t know.” Why should they know, I asked myself. We have done everything we can to erase any meaning from the season.. Cards rarely mention it, saying Happy Holidays to ensure nobody is offended. How did this happen? Have I been sleeping? The final verse of this powerful Christmas song from Casting Crowns (link to a full version of the song) says it all

America, what will we miss while we are sleeping

Will Jesus come again

And leave us slumbering where we lay

America, will we go down in history

As a nation with no room for its King

Will we be sleeping

Will we be sleeping

United States of America

Looks like another silent night

And yet the truth is told so powerfully by these two stanzas from Longfellow’s poem “Christmas Bells”  (Once again set to music by Casting Crowns)

And in despair I bowed my head

There is no peace on earth I said

For hate is strong and mocks the song

Of peace on earth, goodwill to men

Then rang the bells more loud and deep

God is not dead, nor doth He sleep

The wrong shall fail, the right prevail

With peace on earth, goodwill to men

Well maybe I have been sleeping but I think it’s about time I woke up. How about you?

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Posted December 24, 2012 by jolm15 in Uncategorized

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