In the days of Caesar Augustus came the decree, that all the world should be taxed….
I’m quoting that from memory, but it strikes me that is a rather mundane and inauspicious way for the saviour to be born.
All the world should be taxed. And in order to keep things beauracratically in order, everyone had to go back to the town of their birth.
What a mess! There was not enough supplies or facilities for this to work out. A perfectly nice pregnant lady had to give birth in a stable.
Shamefull. Who’s in charge here?
Well, yeah. Unfortunately…Fortunately?–Jesus didn’t come to make the world run more efficiently. Maybe German or a Swede (the home of Ikea!) would have taken that on.
No, restoring love and mercy with supremem generosity was his job.
Oh yeah. Love and Generosity. Which means that the South Park kids were right.
Christmas is all about presents.
There are only three of us here in the house. Me, Chris and the cat. And I gotta say, Skellig doesn’t get that into christmas. Apart from trying to lay on top of the presents, he is not too interested in them. He is a cat of gratitude for small things.
A bowl of cat food, a clean box, and the toilet lid left up. Add a few scratches behind the ears, and he’s good.
So the presents that are piled high under the tree are really a testament to our generosity and relative affluence. Yay for blessings!
But, a not-blessing…Chris is sick. He has a cold and is sleeping.
We went out to lunch with Grandma and Judy (aka Mother) and Bryan. Chris couldn’t do much but prop himself up in the Marie Callendar booth.
Judy said, “Too bad you are sick. You are the one who loves Christmas so much.”
He does. He is an exceptionally loving and thoughtful gift-giver. He plots early and long to give unexpected but perfect gifts that people will enjoy.
His family is a good challenge to him. “Good” because they are impossible to buy for. HIs Grandmother will return nearly ANYTHING.
But even so, he has found good things for her.
But this long rambling Christmas post is mostly to say, Christmas is about loving generosity.
Generosity does not have to be with material things. Can we have loving generosity towards each other’s faults? Why not? Let’s get over the crabby-I-Haven’t-had-my-cup-of-coffee-yet attitudes of our co-workers.
Or even when we must confront people for inappropriate behaviour, let us find a generous way to do so.
Imagine. It’s easy if you try.