Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Number 5 of 7 Musings on Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

Five


“IN THE NEW YEAR, I HEREBY RESOLVE TO…” Every year, nearly everyone decides to “wake up and smell the coffee,” and rejuvenate their life in some way or another. Long lists of resolutions get written, scribed with the very best of intentions. Soon, they tend to fall aside one by one. And then suddenly it’s time to make a new list!

Jeepers! So many resolutions; so little time!

Sören Kierkegaard said, “Purity of heart is to will one thing.” This flies in the face of all those books that trumpet 3 or 7 or 10 or 12 easy steps to the perfect Christian life. And it runs counter to our long lists of New Year’s resolutions.

But what is this “one thing” that we should will?

Mary bent her heart to the will of God to obediently bear Jesus. Joseph set aside his intention to divorce himself of his pregnant bride to conform to God’s will. The shepherds chose to briefly abandon their flocks to do the willing of the angel. And the wisemen left the comfort of their homes drawn by the will of God attached to a star.

Maybe Jesus gave us the best clue when he said, “seek the one thing of God’s kingdom which includes his righteousness, and everything else will come to you in time” (Matt. 6:33). Now that’s one resolution worth pursuing!


Note:
Advent runs for four weeks: 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, and culminates on Christmas Eve 12/24.
Christmas Day is celebrated on 12/25, however the 12 days of Christmas extend through 1/6
Epiphany, the 12th day, marks the end of the Christmas season.


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