Advent 25: Merry Christmas

The mall is closed today. I’m not sure where John is. I’ll be at the hospital. I’m expecting to see him listening to patients, understanding their fear, offering them hope. I’m expecting to hear him talking with family members who are watching for any movement at all. I’m expecting to be reminded to love like Jesus loved.

IMG_0194But I expect that you may see him, too. He’s the guy simply and clearly pointing past the decorations. Past the miracles of the moment to the One who does the work.

A friend of mine said that his Christmas is always rough. But, he said, “some people have reason to smile and that’s good.”

So for those of you who have reason to smile, that’s good. Smile well today.

For those of you who have reason to weep, I’m sorry. Weep well today.

And for those of you like me, who can get a little out of sorts just for the effect, let’s pick a side. As Paul said when writing to a group of people who faced the struggles of being human and following God, weep with those who weep, rejoice with those who rejoice. And long for the healing of all things.

I would say, “Christmas wishes from our family” but I have no idea what that means. But the people I’m most grateful to be a part of are grateful that you are part of us. Because we talk about you all the time.

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.