This morning I have been writing Christmas prayers, because like most of us I am sick of this waiting and desperately wanting to celebrate the birth. As Advent draws to a close I am thinking about what is it that I want to focus on during the Christmas season. Is it the historic event of Christ’s birth 2000 years ago? Is it his birth into my life when I was a teenager and the transformation I have experienced in the subsequent year? Is it his future coming and that longed for new world that we still only glimpse darkly?
Then thanks to Brian McLaren, I came across this very compelling and sobering recording by Jackson Browne who describes himself as a pagan and a heathen. It made me more aware than ever that often it is not the wonder of Christ coming into the world that non Christians find offensive, rather it is the way that we so easily trivialize what this means. It was a good reminder that no matter what I focus on during Christmas I must not become complacent. Christ was a rebel and calls us to be rebels too. How do you think we should respond not just during this Christmas season but throughout the whole year?