I wish I knew the percentage of us that will be looking at our email on December 25.
I’m not about to scold us. Though some of us are here because of addiction, many of us are just talking to our friends. It’s just like my sister sitting on the lot-line, telling her friend next door what she got. It’s just like me calling my boyhood friend Chris to talk about our gifts or to see about playing street football or snow football.
So be at peace about checking in with your friends and family here.
In the interest of helping you with whatever gatherings you may attend, let me give you some conversation starters.
1. So is it likely that at the first Christmas, Mary and Joseph would have been more likely to sing Hanukkah songs than Christmas carols?
2. In the mind of a pleaser, the absence of affirmation is viewed as condemnation. Agree or disagree?
3. Which disciples connect to which Tolkien characters? Is Bible more like John or Thomas? Is Peter most like Thorin or Balin?
4. What’s your favorite story about Jesus at a party? Water into wine? Feet washed by a woman with a questionable past? Eating with tax collectors and then explaining to the Pharisees? Being called a drunkard?
5. So, you got a new Kindle for Christmas. Have you gotten Jon’s book on The Sermon on the Mount yet?
6. What’s the coolest thing that happened to a friend of yours in 2012?
7. If you could give $47.50 to anyone in the world, who would you give it to? Why? What would you tell them to do with it?
8. Could we just get away from all these people and talk for a little bit? I’ve never asked you why you care so much about people with cancer / homeless people / ___
You’re welcome. Happy Christmas.