A Christmas Suggestion

For the moment, let’s put aside any theology debates and focus on the “spirit” of the season. As Gene Eugene wrote in “Breathe Deep“:

Evolutionists, creationists, perverts, slum lords
Dead-beats, athletes, Protestants and Catholics
Atheists, Scientists, racists, sadists…
Breathe deep, breathe deep the breath of God.

I am not concerned with how you define God or even whether you believe. What I would like to offer up is the idea that the season represents something and that something is common amongst all of us. What is it? I believe that is for us to find out but the obvious elements of peace, joy and hope surely play a part.

One of the traditions I started a few years ago was to read a book by Jars of Clay called “Peace is Here: Christmas Reflections“. It is my contention that even if you do not find yourselves within the throes of the belief system for which the book is grounded, you can surely take from it the experiences and how important they were. It sets a tone for Christmas where we are reminded to create the atmosphere through which good memories will be reflected upon. Maybe you might even consider writing down your own experiences to bind and share at a later time.

For me Jars of Clay was the Christian Toad the Wet Sprocket. They served to speak to the human condition as opposed to preaching at you. Having seen them in concert four times I never walked away not feeling good or wanting to be a better person. Simply put, they made you feel welcome regardless of what you believed.

If you purchase the book, my wish is that your Christmas may be just a bit better. In fact, purchase two and give one to a friend or even a stranger.

And if you do not know who Gene Eugene is…well, he is a man who died too soon and who I admired greatly. Though I never knew him personally I miss his music.


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