Reflection by Tom Albus, a parishioner
Christmas cards have become one of my favorite parts of the season. To me, they have avoided the sense of compromise and unfulfilled expectations that affects other parts of the season (like gift giving, parties and the like). A couple things stand out for me about Christmas cards.
First, most cards contain pictures of family members and usually children. Some contain beautiful images of the Incarnation. No one sends a picture of his new car, her office, her new outfit or any stuff like that. We depict on these cards the things that matter and it helps me to get two or three reminders of that in the mail every day.
Second, for a lot of people in my life, the Christmas card is the most intimate, personal communication I get all year. Maybe the card contains a picture of a precious newborn baby. Maybe it is a few words of friendship and good will scribbled inside. I think it is beautiful that God’s people choose Christmas to reach out to one another in this special way just as Christ retuned to a broken, sinful world so that we could once again be united in his love and salvation.
Thank God for the bits of faith, hope and love that come with Christmas cards.
+In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.