Sunday, November 21, 2010

An ancient celebration

I've been delinquent in posting here of late.  Trying to catch up with projects that must be completed before Christmas between trips to various medical facilities.  Just when I thought I'd built up plenty of muscles lifting walkers in and out of the back of my car, 'we' graduated to a wheelchair, which I have to tell you, is a whole new ballgame.  At least the dinosaur we used this last week was.  Fortunately, a sleek new model was ordered and quickly arrived in time to keep me from too much chiropractics.

Every day, J and I make the trek across town in order for him to get the dressing on his seriously deep and wide incision on his lower back repacked and dressed.  Because my son is who he is and I am who I am, our conversations are rarely about mundane matters.  One days he asked me if it bothers me that the most important Christian holidays were set to correspond with already celebrated pagan ones.  "No," I told him.  The calendar dates of our holidays is not what is important about them.  That Jesus might not have been born on December 25th doesn't bother me at all, though the tradition that this was His birthday is very ancient.  VERY.   Second century ancient even.  And considering that the canon of the New Testament as we know it also comes from the second century, I think we're fine.  In fact, it's breath-taking to consider that no matter how much the world has shifted and changed in the last two millenium, every December Christians the world over lay down their work, lift up their voices and worship the Incarnate One who came to this planet and lived out His life among us, for the singular purpose of saving our lives.  Lean in a minute and listen.  All those carols we sing?  They've been sung in many ways (in many tongues) through out His church all through-out its history.  If that doesn't make you want to fall on your knees, you're made of sterner stuff than I am. The Church.  The Holy Catholic Church, in the true sense of the word.  Not denominations, not protestant and catholic, not sect and community, just the Church.  The whole, whole Holy Body of Believers who call Jesus Christ Lord, and worship Him.  Especially on Christmas. 

Yes, especially on Christmas.  It doesn't matter who we are, He came for us all.  Come to think of it, especially the unchurched. 

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