It’s decoration day, O God. The day I pull out the red and green boxes of decorations passed down from generations. I unwrap each one with care, I admire it, and place it somewhere safe in my house.

I hang twinkle lights that remind me of light in the darkness (or so I tell myself) and set my wreath on the door. I climb high to hang garland and place a star on the tree. I look down at the room from my high place and declare, “nice work”.

I do all this because we, in this world today, need a little Christmas- right this VERY minute. I need cheer and lights, ornaments and mistletoe. I need a spirit of cheer, Christmas cheer, and joy to be spread throughout the world.

I need us to treat each other as well as we do these ornaments and decorations. With history, understanding your creation is fragile and irreplaceable. So with candles in the window, carols singing, I ask your, Lord Jesus, to come. Bless this place and land. Come, Lord Jesus, Come. Be our guest. Because we need Christmas, maybe more than a little bit, maybe a whole lot. Now.

Amen.

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The Reverend Shannon Meacham is the mother of two exhausting children Maggie and Gus, and she currently serves Ashland Presbyterian Church in the safest part of Baltimore, the suburbs. You can find her musings about any and all subjects on her personal blog pulpitshenanigans.com.


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