I’ve always been the early riser on Christmas morning. This year is no exception, even though we expect a quiet house, void of the laughter of children as they open presents and chatter about all the newness that surrounds them. We had our gift exchange and the excitement of the children a month ago when we were together for Thanksgiving.
This year the temperatures and weather are unseasonable – closer to a spring day then the winter solstice. The air conditioner blowing cool, and pulling humidity from the air is as close as we will come to temps we should expect at the start of winter.
But still, this quiet is a good time to reflect on the ideal of Christmas. It is a time to rejoice that we have a choice to live for ourselves, or place our faith in something larger and live with hope of a better future. As the child, whose birth we celebrate this day, grew to teach and save the world, we should remember his lessons that are so easily lost to us.
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Luke 6 27-36