When Christmas Is A Passing Fancy

Tonight, hopefully, the Christmas narrative from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke will be read, with a spark of light from John. Along with some Isaiah and maybe even Genesis, how light came upon the darkness so the darkness would win for a moment…but never for a lifetime.

Tonight is Christmas Eve. Another “hopefully”. Each of you will at least pause and reflect upon the blessings of a child gifted, the Holy One, who became human so we could see, understand and embody the possibilities of being holy.

Then. Into thinking about that, into prayers for the ill…and with that, I ask for special prayers for a dear friend, Carol Stanley. She and Bill were in a Seattle area congregation when I was Interim Conference Minister and then interim pastor at their church. Recently Carol’s been diagnosed with mouth cancer…and is now being treated with surgery and medication. Prayers for Carol…who is…has been but more important continues to be…a wonderful blessing to Diane and me… She cares, she offers deeds to words…and now those words are somewhat muffled…but hopefully healing and clarity will be part of her future.

So. Tonight…Christmas Eve…reading scripture, hearing great music, singing—no matter if off-key—the powerful Christmas hymns…and then receiving Holy Communion and lighting our individual candle. What can it mean?

In a very surprising way…I have an image to share. To make Christmas a passing fancy. It actually happened last night in Minneapolis. The San Antonio Spurs played the Minnesota Timberwolves. In one moment—probably 16 seconds…something happened that said to me this morning when I saw it: A message about Christmas and the best living. Has to do with passing. Take 16 seconds and watch the video. How the San Antonio team didn’t dribble all by themselves…rather a series of passes that led to a goal. THAT said to me how life can…and for sure, should be. We should be playing on a team…start with our family…then to our business associates…to our neighbors to our colleagues.

Can we be into passing…receiving and giving? Can we be into team? Can we be into assisting each other?

Christmas Eve. Tomorrow is Christmas Day. Then the end of the year. Then a new year. But I ask…never cajole or demand, simply inquire…can we each live with Christmas as a passing fancy…in terms of sending and receiving and assisting one another?

http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2015/12/23/10662626/spurs-passing-highlights-offense-2015

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About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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