This was a very special Christmas. With all the stuff going on in the world that makes you want to curl up and hide, it was especially nice to think about Jesus and how he came into the world to be a fighter for justice, to show that love is a cure to all our woes, to help us see that being in relationship with God and with each other is heaven on earth.
Decorating the tree was great- I got to pray for so many people as I hung each ornament. The house looked cheery and I noticed that many people chose to decorate early this year. My guess is that like me, they needed something bright and happy to counter all the killing, abuse, violence and hatred in the world. Celebrating Christmas gives you strength and energy to make a difference in the world around you. I am grateful for my faith, for Jesus and the celebration of His birth. Worshiping with my church family was special this year.
I was surrounded by my dear wonderful family. It is fantastic having adult children who want to spend the Holidays with you. I am abundantly grateful for family and friends. I pray for all those who are lonely, grieving, or can’t enjoy Christmas for whatever reason. I wish them comfort. My prayer is for the deep peace of Christ to enter into their hearts to help them heal.
I saw this video Wealth Inequality in America today and it made me sick. I know that this is true but have no idea what to do about it. Perhaps sharing this will be some small contribution. Remember that this is about wealth in the United States. If you include the world even our poor are rich.
As I think about Christmas and the teachings of Jesus about equality and loving one another, I wish that humanity would learn that when everyone is cared for the world is a better place. Humans are so easily ruled by ego, by desire, by greed. I believe that it is work to avoid temptation. Perhaps it is written into our DNA so we can survive but the reality is that we are social beings and survival isn’t individual but communal. We could enact laws to insure the ideal in the video for our country but those in power are among the wealthiest and don’t want to see it change. I suppose what disturbs me most is that the top 1 % controlling 40 % of the wealth will never even begin to use it all and those at the bottom may not even have the basic needs met. The top could easily change the bottom without losing anything of substance for their own lives.
The argument that they worked hard for their money doesn’t explain why so many hard working Americans struggle. It is hard to be efficient when you are hungry or worried that your children will not be ok. I ache for the people who are just barely making it.
Christmas season is a time of giving, it should also be a time of recognizing the truth and maybe finding a way to care a little more.