Not having much money is exactly the ticket for getting more connected to the Christian Christmas, as opposed to the commercial version that swirls so persistently around us. We have this great tradition, this great story that links up with who we understand ourselves to be and who we understand God to be.
This story connects us to our past. There’s something about that connection that invites us to slow down, to be thoughtful and to really remember. That can be hard this time of year. But here’s the good news. It’s about Emmanuel. No matter what ends up happening, you are freed from having to be perfect (or even close). You are freed to do your best, to love those you love and to remember that God will always be there for you.
This message is adapted from “Have yourself a messy little Christmas” written by Catherine Malotky that first appeared in the December 2008 issue of Café magazine.