Monday, January 5, 2009

DARE WE MOVE BEYOND CHRISTMAS?

Things will never again "get back to normal" since the Advent of Christ

WELL, ENOUGH OF THAT! I am unusually wistful about taking down the Christmas tree and putting away Christmas decorations this year. I want to linger in its glow a while longer. I am never ready for Christmas to end, or at least for it to end abruptly, unceremoniously. As if someone somewhere decides, “well, enough of that!” and pulls the plug. Who dares to put away Christmas?

IT’S NOT TOO LATE. I always hope that Christmas will have changed me and, somehow, brought about change in the relationships and groups of which I am a part. I feel like I should not dare take a step beyond Christmas without hope having been heightened, faith having been extended, love having been broadened, peace having been deepened, and light having been intensified. It is not too late--though it be the twelfth day of Christmas--to receive Christmas grace.

HE "THOWN EVER’THING OFF." The notion that things will soon be back to “normal” is scandalous in light of Christmas. Yes, children are back in school. Yes, festivities of the holidays are ending. Decorations are being packed away. But can anything ever be normal again since the Advent of Jesus Christ? In the blunt words of a Flannery O’Connor character: “Jesus done thown ever’thing off.” The upside down kingdom has begun. Rulers are being brought low. The proud are being scattered. The hungry shall be satisfied; the lowly lifted up. The Child causes “the rising and falling” of many. And we thought things were going to settle down? Welcome the “new norm!”

Read my reflection for the Twelfth Day of Christmas

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