Hello St. Francis,
I hope this message finds you stress free and spiritually prepared for the coming of Christ at Christmas!!! Yup, me neither. Still running around like my hair is on fire trying to make all of the last minute preparations. As a Music Minister, this time of the year takes on a whole new set of stresses, but I would be naive to think that my stresses are more stressful than yours. As a matter of fact, have you found yourself in that conversation yet? Two people facing off to see who has the most to do!!! "I have 73 people coming and I don't know where my tree topper is and I have to wait in a 14 hour line at the store and then it closed and....." "You think that is bad well...blah...blah...blah..." You know what, it's a tie!!! Everyone is stressed!!! The good news is that regardless of whether you cook the very best Christmas roast of all time, or whether you remembered to send all 14,000 Christmas Cards or whether the neighbor has better lights than you do, in just a few days, Good Ol' Santa will be moseying his extra large bag of toys into town. Thank God!!! It's over.
Not to sound judgmental but I don't understand how people can dislike Christmas or this time of year. Is it busy? Yes. Does it drive you nuts? You bet it does. Are people who dislike this time of year afraid that they are on Santa's naughty list? What would the big guy from the North Pole tell you? Ho! Ho! Ho! Yes, I think he would laugh at our stress. Does that statement make you hot enough to melt Frosty? So let me give you this disclaimer before the following statement...No one cares how perfectly your packages are wrapped or whether your Christmas shindig is the best of ALL TIME!!! So, why do we place our Christmas spirit in those things? Shouldn't it just be...I don't know, FUN!!!!!
Our Jolly Old St. Nick may have the answer...indulge me here.
S stands for solidarity. Stand together to serve others and appreciate the traditions of your family and faith.
A stands for appreciate. More appreciation = Less scepticism
N stands for neighbor. Tell them that you love them (or at least fake it till you make it)
T stands for Tears. Let yourself be open to the true emotion of this time
A stands for adaptable. Don't sweat the small stuff.
In the end, Santa Claus is coming to town and he won't leave coal in our stocking if his cookies are a little burnt or if those stockings aren't perfectly matched. The only coal in our stocking are the pieces that we put in ourself. Loosen up!!! Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!!!
MUSIC FOR DECEMBER 10TH AND 11TH