“Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:1-9
We are in the thick of the ‘holiday season’. The time of the year when we should be most connected and aligned. Towering in the unity of common good and the harmony of manifested promises. Yet the barrage of must-have marketing and competitive politics overrides seasonal meanings and erodes Agape connecting. We have progressed so much as a global society and share the common language of the internet. Yet we remain so frequently distracted, easily divided and prone to complain more than solve.
When I was a younger me, I remember wishing that God would have let us build that tower! Yes, I got that it was a rather pointless endeavor, steeped in vanity and pride. Still, what could have been the harm in the project if it kept people same paged and working in a similar direction?
The older me falls into the same drama pit as my brethren--avoiding the concept of conjoined parts of the body of Christ for a preference towards likeminded friends and non-confrontational acquaintances. With minimal thought of prayers towards perceived persecutors, I choose not to play and pray with those whose views make me uncomfortable. No “Christmas Blessing” posts from me to your Facebook page, oh crabby ones… and no Christmas letter either. We are clearly worlds apart and I will choose to insulate with those whose views are closer to mine! And then, it hits me. I am lost in the very babble that Christ’s birth was intended to absolve and cure.
Thralled at watching lines of folk competing to get the limited supplies of this year’s ‘must-have’ gift and annoyed past offering the blessing of the season to those I deem unpleasant. And so, I pray deep and reflect on God’s hope for us all. In the redemptive promise of His word made flesh, may I better anticipate the Christmas miracle and the understanding it offers us all!
Prayer: Lord and Savior, help me better learn your language that I might best represent you with everyone I encounter. Grant me perspective and empathy, as I reflect on the anniversary of your incarnation and its miraculous promise to all humankind.
submitted by a Chaplain John Holzhüter