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     Rev. Donald "Scott" Brenton

Christmas Thoughts


After years of lobbying, I finally talked Missy into getting one of those little, pre-decorated Christmas trees.  You know: pull it out of the box, fluff it up, plug it in, and "presto" - instant Christmas!  Missy still thinks it is a horrible idea.  So, you know what that means.  Every year at Christmas we have to renegotiate.


"You do realize, don't you, that Jesus didn't have a Christmas tree?"  I say.  "If we must have a real tree, wouldn't a "Charlie Brown" Christmas tree be more appropriate?"


To be honest (and don't tell Missy), but my true agenda is to avoid moving heavy furniture around to make room for a big, live tree; to avoid digging around in the storage room to drag out Christmas paraphernalia.  I can't tell you how much I dislike untangling miles of knotted Christmas lights.  My Christmas ritual usually involves me making a couple of trips to WalMart to get replacement light bulbs or those little hooks you use to hang ornaments on the tree.  And I hate going to WalMart.


Missy says it all helps to put us in the 'Christmas spirit'.  She may be right, but an instant Christmas is still very appealing to me.   


"Tis the season to be busy,"  which means the decorations are just part of the busy-ness this time of year.  There will also be Christmas cards to send, parties to attend, shopping and wrapping to do, church events, choir practice, and strategically locating the mistletoe for maximum effect.  It is even possible that you will get so busy preparing for Christmas that you won't have time to read my wonderful contribution to this newsletter.  And that's just sad.


It is sad and also a little ironic.  We are making big and busy preparations, putting up elaborate decorations to celebrate the coming of God among us on that first Christmas, but that first Christmas was a very humble and simple affair.


I read in my devotions something Carlo Carretto wrote in his book, The God Who Comes:


The best metaphor for our world today is astronauts speeding through the cosmos, but with their life-supporting capsule pierced by a metorite fragment.  But the church resembles Mary and Joseph traveling from Egypt to Nazareth on a donkey, holding in their arms the weakness and poverty of the Child Jesus: God incarnate.

God's solution for our own "pierced capsule" speeding through time and space is to come among as a helpless infant then to leave as a tortured and bleeding Savior, only to come back to us again and again in countless ways by his Spirit in the large and small human acts of faith, hope, and love.  In the end, Jesus will come back to us in all of his glory.  Until then, he comes without adornment in plain and simple ways.


So, this year, instead of insisting on an instant-or even a Merry-Christmas, I will just focus on having a simple one.  I will gladly move the furniture to make room for the tree and all the rest, but I will also consider just what needs to be moved in my heart to make room for this humble, yet glorious God.  I will untangle the miles of knots in my otherwise complicated life by considering the life-changing simplicity of God so that I won't miss him when he comes this Christmas.


I hope to see him in the light of my wife's face when she pulls out the family ornaments; the ones my daughters and grandson made.  I will enjoy seeing him in the children's eyes as they act out some of the mystery and magic they feel this time of year.  I will be listening for him in the voices of our choir and all the other many activities of the season.


Take my wife's advice:  Don't expect to pull Christmas out of a box and plug it in.  Instead take time to prepare your heart for Christmas by looking for God in the little things.


From my family to yours, have a Merry Christmas, and may God bless us all!


Bro. Scott



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