MEDITATION: Make it a joyful time | Religion

Melissa M. Munoz

Right now is the final day of Hanukkah. I thought of composing about it, even set a couple of items jointly, then trashed them both of those. For some reason, I felt unqualified to publish about a holiday I have under no circumstances celebrated.

If you are a cynic, “Merry Christmas” indicates about the very same as “hiya, buddy!” If you are not a Christian, you may well have combined feelings. If you are a Christian, you might wear your feelings on your sleeve, hoping to be offended by the very first “Happy Holidays” that comes your way. If you are Jewish, you may perhaps wonder why so several converse the words “Happy Hanukkah.”

“Peace on earth, fantastic will towards men” (Luke 2:14). Here are a couple simple tips on how to make great on people tidings:

Give top secret gifts. The legend of St. Nicholas features us this inspiration. Bless anyone in anonymity.

Refuse to be offended by people who really do not think or imagine like you do. Keep in mind that offense is a practice and can generally be unlearned.

Vacant out your closet. Most of us really don’t require most of what we have. Give wonderful, usable things, btw, not stained, dirty or smelly kinds you refuse to use on your own.

Read “A Xmas Carol,” probably even out loud as a loved ones, enjoy “It’s a Great Lifetime,” along with a documentary about the difficulties Frank Capra had when they created it, or observe “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (or pay attention to the soundtrack!). They will all cheer you up.

Make tunes with a piano, a guitar, a drum, a kazoo or your own voice. The shepherd boy banished a demon with a harp.

Take into consideration new possibilities. Dr. Craddock advised of a Christian missionary who gave German chocolate one Xmas to Jewish people stranded in India. “Why did you do that?” just one offended listener stated. “They’re not Christians!” Said the missionary, “But I am.”

“God bless us, anyone!”

The Rev. Eugene Stockstill is pastor of Ebenezer United Methodist Church and Myrtle United Methodist Church in Union County.

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