This is my twenty-eighth year of being a minister. Many of those years, I have given a month of Christmas talks on Sundays, and a special service on Christmas Eve. After a few years of wondering how in the world I could come up with something new and fresh, I finally began to relax into the season and allow the Christmas message to seek me out, rather than seeking it! And---no surprise---the message was different every year, delighting me in its delivery and hopefully bringing a new dimension to those who heard it. I have found this to be true for many stories in Scripture because, just as a second or third reading of a favorite book or poem reveals more to us as WE change and grow, so does the Christmas story.
There is no need for us to throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to the traditional and familiar telling of the birth of baby Jesus. Yes, we have begun to learn the metaphysical meaning of the characters and plot, reframing the story from our early or missing religious training. (If you haven’t, stay tuned for Sundays this month!) But we are also part of a great collective Christian consciousness that embraces the mystery and joy of the season, no matter the particulars of belief. One of the beautiful aspects of New Thought theology is that we can examine the familiar and the new, emerging with a depth and richness that enhances our holiday experiences and interactions.
Just for a moment, relax your expectations and interpretations---and allow Christmas to become a unique and beautiful opportunity to give and receive the Light of Spirit.
Much love and many blessings,