God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas for the Outcasts

      A couple of weeks ago I was ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.   While I was there with my son and a girl from church, we rang with our broken bell that kept losing all its parts and watched the people go in and out of Walmart.  It's interesting to watch as people tried to avoid you at all cost.  My sons favorite was the baby block where the mother held up her baby so that it blocked us from eye contact.  What I noticed was who gave and who didn't.  I can understand not giving, if there like me I never have cash in my wallet.  But I know how much this money helps the people of our community with rent, utilities, a tank of gas or groceries.  So when someone who looks like they didn't have much managed to give you could feel the power of hope in the kettle.  
     One of may favorite Christmas songs in Father Christmas by the Kinks.  Here is someone wanting to share the spirit of Christmas who is being mugged.  Christmas is so hard that the muggers want the money for they know its the rich kids that get the toys.  This song asks us to remember those who have nothing at Christmas. 
     A state that breaks the heart of those who this week in our community met with people who had little for Christmas.  One particular girl had nothing for her baby at Christmas: crashing on the floor of friends, paying them back with money from babysitting by getting toiletries, with the father of her baby in jail for beating the baby.  She came seeking help and hope.  As she broke open the heart of those who met with her.  They tried to find the organizations that could give her a hand up.  They help her with toiletries presents for those she crashed with because one of the church's had collected tins, grabbing gifts that had been donated.  These people who gather monthly  to help those without much in our community experienced what Christmas can be about.  That a baby came into the world among the lowly and poor, a baby whose mother upon meeting the shepherds. These shepherds were rough, dirty, not even considered good enough to be counted.  Yet God's Angel's appeared to them bringing good news of peace, about a baby come to save us all.  Jesus the baby came to the outcast and marginal.  As Mary pondered in her heart the presence of these shepherd she probably heard her song again.  Her song that shares how God lifts up the lowly, is with the poor, and wants the hungry to eat.  

"My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever."  Luke 1

Have Yourself a Merry, Merry Christmas
Have yourself a really good time
But remember the Kids who got nothing
                The Kinks

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