Reflection: Just following the build-up and final rush toward Christmas each year, I always have to pause and look back to recognize if Christmas really came at all. I am reminded of Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas:”
He HADN’T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?”
“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!”
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
O Precious Jesus,
At last you come for us. You come because of us. You are the gift beyond all gifts! More than a day, a season, or a song, you simply ARE.
ARE truth OUR truth
ARE hope OUR hope
ARE light OUR light
ARE life OUR life
ARE love OUR love
Our December prayers were contributed by The Rev. Scott L. Adams, an ELCA pastor from the United States currently serving as interim chaplain at Luther College at the University of Regina. Many thanks to Rev. Adams!