Rev. Linda Marshall/ December 13, 2012
As friends left a recent party in newly fallen snow and rapidly falling temperatures, their car would not start! After several unsuccessful attempts to diagnose the problem, they accepted a ride home. Returning the next day equipped with newly-acquired tools and gallons of gas to resolve the problem… still the car would not start. Short of calling AAA, they discovered another set of keys which included TWO car keys: a duplicate of the original key AND the original key. BINGO! The original key worked! It was the one with the computer chip unique to that vehicle.
How often we try using the latest and greatest ways to duplicate spiritual experiences, to duplicate meaningful celebrations, to attempt creating new ways to “feel the Christmas spirit.” But we just can’t get “started”. No matter how many tools we try, we are still stuck. The truth is, spending time with the original Christmas story may in fact be the REAL key to getting started:
- Reviewing the prophets’ foretelling of the coming Messiah
- Isaiah 9:1-7
- Immersing ourselves in the teenage Mary’s response to the angel Gabrielle
- Luke 1:21-56
- Marveling at the commitment of young Joseph who was betrothed to this teenage girl Mary
- Matthew 1:18-25
- Imagining the surprise of the shepherds in the field
- Luke 2: 8-20
- Rejoicing with the announcement of Jesus’ birth
- Luke 2:1-7
- Pondering all that has happened since the birth of Jesus
- Luke 2:19-20
Guess it’s time for me to get back to the original key to the Christmas experience, to get started on the path of renewal for celebrating not only the birth of Jesus but how Jesus continues to bring the light of God into my world and the world around us.