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Monday, November 26, 2012

Holiday manifesto…

Let this be my last word, brothers; be glad; be complete; be comforted;be of the same mind; be at peace with one another; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
2 Corinthians 13:11 (BBE)

I was reading the Upper Room devotional this morning, and came across the scripture that will be my Christmas mandate. In Paul's letters to the Corinthians, he consistently admonishes them to unity. (Corinthians remind me a lot of people within the modern world…) I've learned so much lately about using my energy and my efforts effectively…Thanksgiving was about family, fellowship, and joy shared across a simple table laden with good food. That felt right, certainly after the rollercoaster we've been on. Quiet morphed into the madness of Black Friday, which began at 8:00 pm Thursday, Thanksgiving night. I've never been a Black Friday shopper, and didn't succumb this year either, but this year I am abundantly clear--our holiday season will be about agreement, peace, and acts of love.
Agree with one another,
live in peace;
and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Holiday Manifesto

It's not just me. I've had conversations with several people who are focusing on the sacred rather than the commercial as Christmas approaches; our preferred celebration of the season for several years.  It's not just the economy, truly it is the spirit. I want to remember to give of myself, because in so doing I receive far more than I give.

I was reminded in thinking through what I envision for this Christmas of one of my favorite pieces of holiday music, BeBe Winans' Christmas prayer.  I'm already changing my ringtone (yeah, I'm that girl, with a custom ringtone for almost everything. I make them myself; they are always free.), but I wanted to share the message, in the sincere hope that these might frame the basis for your own holiday manifesto. So, say it with me…
Agree with one another,
live in peace;
and the God of love and peace will be with you.  Amen

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