Trying to Make Rhyme and Reason Out of the Christmas Season
by Jane Tawel
December 23, 2018
We worship the Genie we call Santa Claus
Or honor a building or practice some laws.
We call this religion and true Christmas season;
Or come up with competing fiestas or reasons.
We give gifts to loved ones and eat ’til we pop
And think we are doing our best if we shop.
We claim it is all about Jesus and yet
The fact He was Jewish we’d rather forget.
And all of the immigrants who’d like to be saved,
We keep locked in prisons while walls are being raised.
Our children are dying by their own hands or ours,
And we have the nerve to preach “wisemen” and stars?
Well, maybe that’s why kids prefer “holiday”
Instead of the old news of babes born in hay.
If this is the time we celebrate birth,
We’d best know that God came to save the whole earth.
And that means if we want to lay down a claim
That “Christ-Mass” is about the Name of all Names,
We must take down our idols and elves off the shelf.
We need to become like the Christ-child Himself.
If you are still worshiping power or greed,
Then humble yourself,
Be bruised like God’s Reed.
And if you have never experienced real love
Forget about Christmas and seek the true God.
For God will become anything your soul craves,
After all, He once chose to become a small babe.
Because our God loves us He came down to save,
And took for Himself our own death and the grave.
And that is what Christmas should be all about,
And why those who love Jesus should sing with a shout:
“Fear not, for a God does exist who is Love
And wants all of His children in His Kingdom Above.”
The phrase “Merry Christmas” seems often abused,
So I would prefer to give truly Good News:
God loves our small planet and each molecule
That He has created and that over He rules.
The God of all ages has appeared large and small
And this season we worship the smallest of all.
So let’s in the New Year all try to find
A heart like a baby’s both needy and kind.
Let’s need love from others in the same way we share
The love of All Love, the God-child who dared;
Who came down to our level and brought us Truth’s Light;
Messiah, The Chosen, King of David’s Birthright.
May the new day before us remind us, we too
Can live every day reborn and renewed.
Just as God longs to heal each worldly cell,
He desires that all souls may know true Noel.
We pray that in our hearts, each of us will strive
To let God-love transform us and eternally live.
May we seek every season, love that grows in each heart,
No matter our culture, religion, or part.
For every day’s holy if we humbly will listen,
For the soft voice of Jehovah and the True Word of Christ-mass.
May Each Day of the New Year Bring You and Yours Those Things that will Remain–
Faith, Hope, and Love,
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