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Busy, Busy, Busy

December 6th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Sharp Prayers

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman” both aired on CBS this week.

These two animated “specials” first appeared in the 1960s, and they are clearly stamped with the language and sensibilities of that moment in American history. Still they endure. They are required viewing for millions of people during the Christmas season.

I admit it. This year, I was the one yelling, “Hey, everyone! Come to the living room. Rudolph’s on!”

Surely one of the reasons these two programs remain popular is that they both acknowledge the churn that engulfs us every December. In Rudolph, the head elf anxiously berates a junior elf, worrying that the toys will not get built in time. In Frosty, villainous Professor Hinkle runs off, saying, “I have got to get busy, busy, busy!”

‘Tis the season!

Or is it?

Lately, I find myself praying things like:

Gracious God… Help! I am running as fast as I can here. My calendar is bursting. I am having trouble keeping all of the balls — or knives, or whatever it is that I am supposed to be juggling — in the air. Please give me stamina. Please help me not to grouch at the other elves. And, most of all, please help me to see beyond “the churn” to the holy heart of this precious time. Amen.

My friend Amos Disasa likes to talk about Slow Church. Slow Church is a riff on the Slow Food movement. Slow Food aims to be everything that fast food is not. It is seasonal. It is local. It is a celebration of the farm around the corner and what the farmer is currently bringing in from the fields. Slow Food is not gobbling a bite on the run. It is taking time to sit at table with friends. It is curried pumpkin soup; and it is conversation about stuff that matters.

I agree with Amos.

So, here’s the addendum to my prayer this week:

God of the quiet manger, God of the babe in the straw, may all who walk through the doors at FAPC in this season find a that encourages them to slow down, to gaze into the faces of friends, to pray about the important stuff, and to lean back on your everlasting arms. Amen.

What are you praying this week, good readers?

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  • LouNo Gravatar

    I’m praying I never forget that God’s love & grace extends to all of us who have taken up residence on the the island of misfit toys at one time or another in our lives. Who’d want a Jack-in-the-box named Charlie (or Lou for that matter)? – God would and God does!