After Ebenezer Scrooge’s powerful, spiritual encounters with the spirits of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come, he was overcome with joy having realized that his life had been spared.
Laughing with the playfulness of a 3-year-old, Scrooge says: “I don’t know what day of the month it is. I don’t know how long I have been among the spirits. I don’t know anything. I’m quite a baby. Never mind. I don’t care. I’d rather be a baby. Hallo. Whoop. Hallo here!”
The man whose taciturn ways kept everyone at bay suddenly changes! He starts acting like a child … totally giddy and not worried one bit about what others see or say about him.
So, how about you? What posture do we want to take toward others this Christmas week?
Well, to help you get your head around this question, consider a question once asked of Jesus by his very own disciples:
“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”
Jesus answered by motioning for a small child to step toward him. Placing his hands on the child’s shoulders, Jesus gave this answer:
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)
Indeed, the path to greatness still is to put aside our desire for greatness, to humble ourselves and become like a little child. So yes, I do in fact think it would be just fine for you to be a little giddy, a little playful, this week. Hey, why not? It sure beats complaining about how you can’t wait until this dumb holiday season finally is over.
So here’s to laughing and smiling and welcoming everyone you encounter in Jesus’ name, especially children and those who, like little children, lack power and privilege.
Merry Christmas gigglers! … Smile real big now. Say, “Christmas treeees!” and start laughing!