“What are we dreaming of this Christmas? What is the greatest longing of our hearts?”
As I reflected on these questions, I found myself dreaming of a red Christmas this year. You see red everywhere this time of year as it is the most eye-catching of colors. That’s why it’s used for stop signs and stoplights. That’s one of the things I am longing for this Christmas – time to stop, to slow down, to rest, to reflect. Indeed, this is exactly what Advent invites us to do – and it is a gift we desperately need.
I saw a lady in the mall who was wearing a sweatshirt that said, “Get out of mye way – I’m Christmas shopping.” I made sure not to get in her way, for she was zipping along. When she got to the up escalator, up she zoomed, parting the slower people on it like the Red Sea!
Our whole culture, especially this time of year, feeds this impulse to live on fast forward. “Hurry! The stores are opening at 4 a.m.!” “Hurry! The sale ends tomorrow!” “Hurry! There are only twenty-two more shopping days till Christmas! Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!”
Oh, we need a red Christmas this year. We need to slow down, to give our weary bodies, minds and souls a little respite; time to reflect on our lives and what’s most important.