Commentary

December 20, 2013

Chaplain thoughts

Dr. Suess

Traditions are an important part of the holiday season. Gathering the family to watch a favorite Christmas movie is one that many enjoy. For some it’s the old classics like “Miracle on 34th Street” or “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Others enjoy cartoons like “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Rudolph” or “Frosty the Snow Man.” Some are into comedies like “Home Alone” or “Elf.”

Whatever your taste, we can all relate to the “Scrooges” and “Grinches” that seem to take the joy out of the holidays. Crowded malls, angry shoppers, the search for the perfect gift, the stress of extra people in your home, endless parties and school plays all seem to zap the excitement and joy of Christmas.

My prayer for you this Christmas is that you will pause and learn from Dr. Suess’ character the Grinch. At the end of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” we find this great lesson: “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 and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”

We all say, “I know, I know … Christmas is about family and friends. It’s about time together and appreciating the gift of life. It’s about family memories. It’s about the intangibles.” We know this lesson the Grinch discovered, because we’ve all learned it from our own experiences. Yet, each year we find ourselves caught up in all the hustle and bustle. We relate to the story because we’ve all felt the joy zapped from Christmas. So, with only five days left until Christmas, pause … take a deep breath … look around … ask yourself, “What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”

OK, now that you’re focused, back to your Christmas preparations. Hurry, there are only five days left until Christmas (just kidding)!

Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!




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