It is that time again. The people involved change. They take on new monikers like Weird Anglican Twitter (WAT). The arguments are more or less obvious. Yet, it happens like clockwork. Every year, about two weeks after that one FM station switches over to all Christmas all the time and those big box hardware stores are filled with inflatable things of all kinds wearing Santa hats the snotty Episcopal crowd gets all fussy about the liturgical calendar. “Christmas starts December 25th,” they cry out into the void of their slowly dying congregations. For the one time all year when the American mindset is, even with impure motives, focused on peace, joy, and love – the things that Jesus found pretty important – Episcopalians on social media are trying to wrap a wet blanket on the whole season.
It is that time of year again wherein I rebel against this craziness. Let me be the voice of one crying out in the wilderness and invite you, dear reader, to cast off these works of darkness and to put on the armor of light. If you need to put your tree up in November, its ok, I promise you it doesn’t cause early snows (that’s unchecked greed and climate change). If you need to belt out “All I Want for Christmas is You,” in your best-worst Mariah Cary impersonation, go for it. You need the Muppets and John Denver Christmas album, I affirm your choice. Rather than getting all fussy about timing, I’m happy to embrace the best parts of the Christmas season. It seems this year, maybe more than ever, “We all need a little Christmas now.”
What I would recommend this Advent season is to, in the midst of your Christmas revelry and before the pressure of the Gregorian Calendar New Year weighs heavy, is that you take this changing of the season and the liturgical new year, to make your new year’s resolution. Here’s mine – to take better care of my spiritual self.
Life is busy. With kids involved in stuff, work always in my pocket, and my schedule increasingly not under my control, I’ve lost my moorings. As you have seen, blogging was the first to go. The 20 or 30 minutes that were so easy to find in seminary, as an associate, and even in my early days as a Rector seem more elusive as the days roll by. The Daily Office held on longer, but it too has succumb to the pressures of my own making. So, here’s my Advent 1 New Year’s Resolution – to get back to it. To read the Daily Office with regularity and to write on this here blog, or if that’s not feeding my soul anymore, to find a new spiritual discipline, in order to feed my soul. As we enjoy the increased skyglow that comes with Christmas decorations, I ask you to pray for me in trying to keep my new year’s resolution and, if you share, I’ll pray for you in yours.