Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A Not-So-Holy-Holiday

For many, including myself, Christmas is more than a holiday; it is a holy celebration. Our tradition includes prayer and the reading of Christ's birth in Luke, chapter 2. We give gifts--lots of them; but we remember the main thing.

That was not so for some. My daughter works part time at a theater. They had to call the police when a wheel chair-bound lady attacked a pregnant lady. Silent night, holy night....

I read about a store clerk who attacked and viciously stabbed a customer in a mall in Jackson, MS. All is calm...

America has a ready answer for such events: holiday stress. I watched morning news broadcasts that told me over and over again about how to avoid holiday stress.

Let's go to the root problem, folks. Jesus is not the main thing for too many of us. Our families may be; our own reputation as being a generous giver may be; but Jesus, the reason for the season (pardon the cliche), is playing second or third chair in our symphony.

The dust has settled for many of us. So take stock this week. What kind of holiday was it for you?

4 comments:

arbusto said...

Stabbed a customer?! Talk about customer service!

Kevin, Somewhere in South America said...

Hey, Bro. Bush!

Yes, that is customer service, Mississippi style! How would you like to have been a fly on that wall?

DavidS said...

It stunk. Worst Christmas/Holiday season ever. Was glad when it was over. Mother down with cancer; dad freaking out. Brother with high PSA count, wife out of town, not speaking, and also has heart condition. Man was I glad to get the new year here. I simply almost did not survive 2007.

Kevin, Somewhere in South America said...

Sorry you faced so many things! That is when the word "grace" comes to be even more special than ever. If it were not for God's grace in Jesus, we would not have made it!

KDS