Christmas time. I dread it every year. I feel like a mouse trying to escape a trap. When I go to the store I hear Christmas music, but I know it’s not for my enjoyment. It’s to put me in a certain frame of mind. I feel pressured into consumerism. I feel like I can’t breathe. I’ve got to get out of the store. I need peace and quiet. I want to run from all of this craziness. Don’t they see what’s happening? Don’t they know we are being shepherded into a pen? I know the true meaning and I will not stand for this. I will not renounce my belief for anyone. It is Christ- mas time. It is time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Why aren’t we allowed to use his name if it’s his birthday? If we can’t use it and rejoice in it, what are we celebrating. Why are we all so blinded by the sparkling lights and the ringing bells. Get me out of this trap, this rat race. Take me to the peaceful place within my soul that knows what is real. We say Christmas is for the children. We are the children of God. Let’s rejoice and celebrate accordingly.
Love is a year round action. I don’t need ringing bells or holly or Santa to feel true love. Jesus came to show us the way of true love. That love lives in each and every one of us. Let’s change things up and celebrate love. We can celebrate by sharing our time with others, laughing, singing, caring and loving. These are the gifts that matter most. I have to step back from allowing the commercialism to consume my heart. I have to return to my source, my God. I open my heart now to receive love and to give love freely. Now, I can feel the joy of Christmas. Thank you Jesus! Amen.