This Christmas season we celebrate the birth of Jesus, a man; a man who was sent to teach us hope, love, kindness, compassion for all humans; a man who was fulfilled by speaking for and defending his God-given values and beliefs, by doing what is right, not necessarily popular. He was born poor, and there was no room in the Inn… and he was offered a stable. No one said that he should be left alone, to make it on his own. Those that were compassionate to him and his family did not believe in survival of the fittest; that only rich people from rich families were entitled to live and prosper. He believed that we are all children of God, born good and holy.
This man did not believe that it was not manly to show your thoughts, emotions, caring, love, compassion; to speak of those less fortunate, to advocate for those needing a loving hand. This man did not sit in a church and wait for fortunate ones to come to him. He went out into the world and mingled with people; all people, so that he could “see”. He was informed by reality, what he saw, felt, heard from all people. He had a need to see, to feel, to do, and to share himself. He did not judge people, for they were all children of God. He offered himself, love, hope, words of encouragement and love, God’s love.
And that is what this season is about. That is what relationships are supposed to be about. He taught us how to value human relationships. Life is about relationships with humans; valuing humans, all humans, all of life, including the living things and natural things that God created: plants, animals, fish, flowers, fresh air, the sea, the sky, the dirt, the heavens, the sun and its warmth, the moon, stars. These are the things humans should value and take care of. Are these the things you value and take care of? God gave us everything we need. He gave us Jesus to teach us how to live in hope, to value life, to love, encourage, to touch, and to touch lives, hearts, souls, minds. Jesus did not teach greed, materialism, destroying God’s creations, laughing at important things and thoughts, laughing at and hating people not like you, anger, fear, how to lie and manipulate in order to gain power, how to be selfish and self-centered.
He was a man who modeled how to be a man in God’s world: he valued peace on Earth, not by promoting hate, power and war, but by being peaceful, getting out into the real world, with real people, and building relationships, trust, and hope, and valuing life, all life.