|Praying Snowman, watercolor on paper, collage, (c)Sandi Holland Mixed Media|
Jesus participated in worldly traditions when he kindly provided wine at a wedding that he and his mom were attending. Did Jesus drink any of the wine? The Bible doesn't say. Does it matter whether he did or not? Not in the great big 'ole scheme of things.
I think what is pertinent is that Jesus was present in his community, by joining in with the festivities. It's possible that he would have preferred to be away praying alone, or reading, or being devout, or whatever their word for that would have been. The truth is that he was always being a part of his society, while he lived with the fact that he was separate.
So I wish you many inspired and fervent prayers for this holiday season. Prayers are of God, and the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. I also wish you many celebrations and gifts of many types, because it is an uplifting tradition of our society.
If you're a Christian, join in the worldly holiday gaiety, in your own reverent way. Be a part, rather than apart. If you're not a Christian, spend some time with a Christian neighbor or associate. Go to a Christian event, it doesn't have to be church. Be a part, rather than apart.
God is everywhere, and everywhere he is there is hope. If you're a non-Christian, you can enjoy a part of him by spending time this season with a Christian. Do it, even if you're not ready to be a Christian. Maybe you feel that you'll probably never take the plunge to be a Christian. Even so, spend time with a Christian this season.
Season's Greetings. Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Feliz Navidad. Have a joyful and thankful Kwanzaa. As my snowman is doing, pray, and then enjoy your presents, even if it's just one that you've given yourself.
And Happy New Year's too!