In the spiritual and emotional realm, December can also be a dark month. Some of us have ghosts from past Christmases that weren't all that joyous; others succumb to Seasonal Adjusted Disorder (S.A.D.) or they are in the throws of mental or physical illness. Still others are grieving because of recent turmoil, losses in their lives, or change.
And if you, unlike me, don't fall into any of those categories, you may be overwhelmed with all that you expect yourself to do or buy before Christmas. During the pre-Christmas season, television and online ads tempt us to buy, buy, buy. Then the glossy magazines and cooking shows would have us believe our homes would not be fit for company at Christmas unless we met Martha Stewart's standards in decorating or Julia Child's in cooking. Maybe now is the time to shut off our TVs unless we are viewing a special Christmas program. We can try to reduce our exposure to eye candy by limiting our time in the mall.
Instead of dwelling on the "pre-Christmas season" and all that includes, let's switch our mental channels to the Advent Season and ramp up our excitement and enthusiasm about God's coming to earth as Emmanuel. Forgive me here, friends, if I get off in a musical tangent. We choir members from St. Anne's Catholic Church in Barrhead are again joining the Barrhead United Church Choir for the singing of a cantata.
|Joint Choir 2012|
Not only the melody and harmony seep into my brain, but I get the words of the Promised One's first coming, of how he brings us peace and light, about the gift of Jesus, about the wondrous night that saw the light of grace. With words like Rejoice! and Glorias galore, how can I keep from singing and being joyous.
Jesus came into the world to bring light to those who walk it darkness. God sent his Son to earth to save us from our sins. This is the Good News we are called to live and share.
1. People, look east. The time is near
of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able;
trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today:
Love the guest is on the way.