“Christmas Ferris Wheel” Phone Photo DS
What is Christmas really all about, I was thinking this morning. I usually make some time for at least one unusual way of celebrating to make the occasion different each year. It came to me that Christmas, really, is about freedom. A baby was born. A unique baby was born a couple of millennia ago, lived a quiet life for 30 years, a public teacher/prophet/priestly life for 3 years, was murdered and three days later walked out of his cave grave. The world changed.
The baby, the Freedom Fighter, became the Way to real freedom. This is the gift we have been given if we avail ourselves of his offer to follow him in life. He gave himself for us. We give ourselves to him. It is reciprocal gift, a covenant. Even when our gift fails, his remains a constant. This is what we celebrate. This is who we love.
I celebrated my Christmas freedom by riding the Ferris wheel that came to town. How will you enjoy this one wild and precious life? (Mary Oliver)
An Advent Calendar to open each morning: