Friday, December 24, 2010
Yesterday, I spent hours baking and cleaning and packing and preparing for services, enjoying it and yet moaning about it. I had become a Grinch, and my Advent was no longer about preparations for Christmas but a yearning for the blissful calm of January.
Then in the evening, we sat down to watch a movie - The Shawshank Redemption. An odd Christmas choice, perhaps, but my significant other had never seen it, and since he's a big fan of the television series "Prison Break," Netflix thought he would enjoy it. I hadn't seen it in years. And when the movie reached the scene where Andy plays the duet from the Marriage of Figaro over the prison public address system, I suddenly remembered what the Christmas season was about. It did, indeed, redeem the season for me.
It may seem trite, but it took that reminder for me to discover again the beauty of the music and the message of Christmas. My ears were opened again to the music, so that I can enjoy the choir and bell choir and brass and organ and piano tonight. I can focus on the beauty and joy, and the redeemer that came to us two millenia ago.
I hope we can communicate that message with you tonight, and I hope you all have a blessed and merry Christmas.