This evening we gathered to sing traditional Christmas hymns, shine our lights bright in the night, and be reminded of the beauty and gift inherent in each new life.
How many of you are hard on yourselves? How many of you can more easily and quickly list 10 things you don’t like about yourself than 10 things you do? You’re probably not alone. Let me rephrase that: You’re definitely not alone. This morning we’ll discuss mercy, our duty to give it, but mostly our self-imposed deprivation of it.
From December to around April (this year), through the telling of the life and death of Jesus, anyone willing to partake is invited into a season in which life and death, and the mysteries therein, are meditated upon. And it isn’t just Christians who do this, as you well know.
Research has proven that couples who are generous by doing things for their significant others so simple as taking out the trash, putting the coffee on in the morning, or giving surprise gifts are far happier than their counterparts who do not. In sum, generosity isn’t just appreciated by the recipient, it actually makes life happier.