Monday, December 22, 2008

Spirit of the Season

What is the true spirit of the season? We are often reminded to focus on the 'true spirit of the season' yet do we ponder on what that really means and how to really accomplish it?

Can people in third world countries with no gifts experience the 'real' meaning?
Can those who are wealthy have that same blessing? Is it harder for them?

How are we able to not be materialistic when we're surrounded by it on every side?
What has helped YOU most to focus on things of God instead of things of man?

Do we have a gift to offer to the One who has given us everything? Are we willing to give that gift? Is it a priority? Are the things happening in the world today --- meant to remind us of what we should be focusing on?

These are some of the things that I am pondering. What are your thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. I like the analogy of the temple in New York. It is holy inside, and kept free from outside influence by minimal contact with the outside shell. Inside is calm and quiet, and our homes can be the same way. Limit our contact with the outside world via TV, media and hoopla. The Christmas we need to celebrate has little to do with rote gift exchanges, obligatory tokens ritualistically exchanged by expectation.

    It's much more about the attitude. If the gifts get in the way, clear them out. The bobbles of the day are like Quixote's windmills...mere distractions.


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