Nearly a decade ago my family had the privilege of exploring the West. One of our stops was the Carlsbad Caverns. Our group met in the bookstore at the visitor center and from there the ranger herded us to the elevator where we plunged down seven stories to the heart of the caverns.
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. That’s what a lot of people say and feel. Sometimes, I’m one of them. Being with my congregation during the Christmas Eve service is probably one of the most wonderful things I experience all year long. But this whole season of Christmas is quite difficult for some of us. Some of us wish others “Merry Christmas” through clinched teeth.
When I was a kid playing with my friends we raced everywhere. We tried to out run each other, ride our bikes faster, and sail our boats faster. We counted down our foot races with that great phrase, “Get ready, get set, GO!”
We live in a go-go-go culture. From time to time I’ll step out of my office and I’ll ask our office administrator Wanda, “Is the internet slow today?” I’m referring to the fact that on some days the emails don’t send immediately, it takes about 10 seconds for each one. In internet-time, 10-seconds is glacially slow. Our culture is in a hurry. We get things fast. We want things immediately. Our food is fast. We take power naps. We aren’t good at waiting.
I was born and raised in the sight of water in Hampton, Virginia. I was baptized and nurtured in the Presbyterian church. There was never a time when weekly worship attendance, the giving of ...