A word defines Christmas. This is the word "happy". I never get tired of wishing a happy Christmas to people. Although, for some, this is not politically correct, but for the rest of us who have at least two gray cells in activity, it is wonderful.
I was resting one afternoon last week when the Gracious Mistress of the Rectory approached me with a request. It is very difficult for me to refuse his request, even if it goes against my current energy status.
"Would you," she said so sweetly, "go to the mall and pick up a present I ordered?"
Being married to GMP for more than years as I can remember, is very difficult for me to say no. In fact, even when I say no, someone at the other end of the conversation does not listen.
I should be rather grateful, because of all the husbands that she has, I am the only one to whom she asks to do favors. Over the years, I realized that I had to be her favorite husband. So, in a really grateful state of mind, not to mention merry, I headed to the mall to get his purchase.
I'm not sure if there is another place in the world that I hate worse than going to a mall. If there are, I have not arrived yet. Whenever I walk in a mall, I'm nervous because everyone looks at me, especially at my wallet. Even my wallet shudders when we walk through the door that opens.
The mere fact of entering the mall is a leak on my "happy" attitude. I told myself before I really started, I should take a cup of coffee and go sit in a chaise lounge.
There was a coffee shop in the mall and I received a $ 0.79 cup of coffee for $ 7.90. I guess the place where you place the decimal is really important. Personally, I would have liked a cup of coffee for $ 0.79 more.
I took my coffee, I sat in one of the sun loungers, took a deep breath, took a sip of hot coffee and j & rsquo; Started to relax. The Christmas music was played in the background, which contributed to my relaxing attitude.
The mall was rather crowded, people crowded here and there, in the background we played merry Christmas music and I thought I would just take the time and enjoy the moment.
After eating about half of my coffee, I looked around me closely, watching the people coming and going. There was such a rat race that I could hardly believe it. I've looked around trying to find merry christmas faces. Unfortunately, there was none in the direction I was looking for.
"I hope they will not miss this before they get there," I heard someone complain.
"I hope to have enough money to cover that," complained someone else.
"I hope I can arrive in time to go to the party tonight," complained another person.
I listened to all this and was simply amazed. Where in the world was this happy spirit that Christmas is most noted? Everyone was hoping for something, but their hope did not seem too realistic from my point of view.
At the most intense time of the year, sitting in a place where people were buying Christmas presents, it was very disconcerting to find that there were not as many happy people in the shopping center. Everyone seemed to be under some sort of pressure and aggravation.
A thought began to jingle in my mind. What would it take for some people to truly live a Merry Christmas? What would make them happy?
Taking another sip of this dear coffee "Merry Christmas", I started thinking about life in general. Do I really live a happy life? Or am I cooking with the end of the year parties?
Just because someone says "Merry Christmas" does not actually mean that they are living something very close to merry.
Watching people jostling here and there in the mall, I realized that Happy had nothing to do with Christmas. For many people, Christmas is a time when you are so busy trying to make others "cheerfully" that all minds escape.
What we really need during this holiday season is what I call Christmas Merrification. Christmas is what it is, but there is the possibility of really having a Merry Christmas if you understand what is the attitude of merry.
These are not gifts, parties or trips. It's something more fundamental than that. In order for me to justify my life, I need something more than the holiday spirit.
Holding the crowd at the mall, I picked up the item that my wife sent me to pick up and headed for the parking lot. As I was going, I realized why I really did not like the mall, especially during the holiday season. Too many people are struggling with anxiety and frustration trying to follow the people of Christmas.
I thought of what Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are tired and loaded, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).
The key ingredient of "Merry" is the rest and only Jesus can give rest that creates a joyful spirit.