We are on way to the manger – figuratively, I know. That’s been PSCC’s theme this Advent: Finding Our Way to the Manger. And I am sure that there are countless blogs and posts, and years worth of sermons claiming these are the darkest days… there is so much we CAN be afraid of. There are so many reasons we CAN be sad and overwhelmed. But, really, our days, our times are no more intense as any other, we just are bombarded by how horrible it is today especially in the media and social networks. Violence in the streets, wild cards in leadership, children and youth out of control, families dealing with death and addiction – to quote Bill Murray and crew in the original Ghostbusters: ”
Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, “biblical”?
Dr. Raymond Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
Dr. Raymond Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!
And I guess we should…or possibly could just lose our minds about it. Strap on our proton packs and stampede in a rampage. Then there is always hiding fearfully in a corner behind the tinsel laden Christmas tree – like Ebenezer Scrooge quaking as he waits for the next ghost to appear. Ooooor, we could continue on our journey towards the manger, in a steady and slow Advent sort of way. Keeping our eye on the manger and the promise it holds in the life of Jesus. The Prince of Peace the Radical Rabbi, who calls us and leads us to where God needs us to go. Sure, we may get spooked, or surprised…but we can regain our senses and take the next best step towards the light. Shoot, we may knock our knee on the coffee tables of life, the big shin ding. Go ahead and holler a bit, but we can’t forget that God’s got this, especially when folks like us keep moving steadily towards and in the Kingdom (it’s even better when we do it together).
Too simple? Too naive? Too sweet like the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man covered in gum drops? May be, but for me in this Advent season, with God leading me EVEN in the shadow of death – I will fear no evil CUZ
I ain’t afraid of no ghost.