December 24, 2018
The crowds asked, “What should we do? “John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry. “Even corrupt tax collectors came to be baptized and asked, “Teacher, what should we do? “He replied, “Collect no more taxes than the government requires. “What should we do?” asked some soldiers. John replied, “Don’t extort money or make false accusations. And be content with your pay.” (Luke 3:10-14 NLT)
The question posed was; “When we use the name Scrooge, why does it describe a mean and miserly person, rather than the joyfully generous transformed man of Dickens’ Christmas Carol?” I don’t have an answer but wonder if we just don’t think change is possible in us, in others or in the world?
As we prepare to celebrate the arrival of God in Christ, like the people of his day we need to be nudged into preparation. John the Baptist had that job – helping people get ready for the arrival of God in Jesus.
When he was asked for practical suggestions to prepare, he didn’t say go to church, pray and meditate. He said; “If you have much, share it. If you are in business, operate ethically and fairly. If you are part of the power structure, don’t take unfair advantage of your position, and be grateful for what you have.”
As we celebrate Christmas and anticipate 2019, may we see transformation and joyful generosity in our hopes and dreams – and our practical faith. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and see you again on January 7, 2019.
A Prayer for Today
May the presence of Jesus be real to you this day and through this season of celebration. May you see his face in your loved ones, in your neighbours, in the broken and wounded. May you be free to see his transforming presence in all who cross your path and may they see him in you…. For Jesus’ sake
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