Friday, November 27, 2015

Remembering the True Christmas Gifts on Black Friday

Today many people in the U.S. will be celebrating Black Friday by shopping. And they likely won't be supporting their local monasteries:

Before we join the frenzy, let's remember the true purpose of the Advent season.  It's not about shopping, decorating, entertaining, and all those other frantic activities that can keep us distracted.

 For today, let's keep our attention on the true gift, the God who so yearns to be with us, the God who will take on human form and become incarnate in the form of a tiny, vulnerable baby.

It's also good to remember that it's really not about Christmas at all.  That baby in the manger, he's cute.  But he's got a larger purpose:

And if we leave Christ on the cross, we've lost the even larger story.

No, it's not about Heaven. 

It's about all the gifts and talents that we are given so that we can be co-creators of the better Creation that God envisions.

We have a mission--and it's not to get the best bargains.  How can we transform the world?

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