A Message from the Methodist Chaplains for Advent: Christmas
In celebration of the Christian season of Advent, there is an Advent wreath in the chapels at Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital, and, each Wednesday, there is a short devotional written by one of Methodist's staff chaplains. The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah began on December 12, and there is a menorah placed in each chapel.
It is our hope that during these seasons and celebrations, you will find quiet moments to sit and discover something meaningful and life-giving for you.
Grace and Peace,
The Methodist Chaplains
When I think about the Christmas’ of my childhood, my heart is filled with thanksgiving. As a family, the joy we shared centered mostly on food, and not gift-giving.
My sisters and I would bake special holiday treats, and my mother would always make Hawaiian meatballs, eggrolls, fettuccini and Russian teacakes. We would eat the Christmas meal early, nap, and then do it again later in the evening!
Our parents would get us each one present, and we were appreciative of it, whatever it was. At no time did I experience distress over not “getting” what I wanted, as I had everything I needed; a family who loved and cared for me.
As an adult now with children of my own, at times I long for yesterday’s simplicity. The pressures of the modern day can seem monumental, and all that I muster up inside me seems inadequate at times to meet life’s complex demands. Yet I continue to give thanks for the everlasting joy that the world has been given through this special season.
The Christmas holiday really celebrates a season of fresh hope and the spirit of goodness; it is a promise that tomorrow will bring something better and greater than this day. For this promise to be fulfilled, each of us must birth the goodness and compassion we desire for ourselves and one another.
Each day, our choices bring forth a result. Like Christmas, the event of just one day can have consequences that last a lifetime. As we move through each bodily and spiritual life experience, let us consider what we are birthing into the world through our thoughts, words, and deeds.
“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
--Chaplain Crystall Williams-Bonner
– Chaplain _____