Merry Christmas, everyone! I recently wrote this spoken word piece for the Christmas Jazz Vespers at Mott Haven Reformed Church in Bronx. Thanks to Kevin Thompson who asked me to perform there!
Feeling Rich This Christmas
While Christmas is a great season of giving and appreciating what we have – food, shelter, family and love – it is also a time of painful longing. Children want toys, the lonely want company and those with empty pockets – all they want is enough. Enough to get by, enough to afford giving gifts, enough to stop feeling poor.
But we aren’t poor. We are not impoverished or down-and-out. We are not the “99 percent.”
We are the percent that has claimed the gift given to the whole – we are the most affluent, most privileged and definitely the richest.
2,011 years ago, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a drop of divinity came to life on Earth as a human babe. Yes, He was Mary Son, and Joseph’s too, but above all, He was – is – the Son of God.
Through His divinity, He accomplished what no mere man could do. Minor miracles aside, He died on the Cross for the sins of the world so that we may have eternal life. He is our divine Link to our Heavenly Father – He is our Savior.
Until we leave this life and journey into our next one with our Creator, we need not fret in the face of heartbrokenness, sadness, loneliness and pain. For the Holy Spirit lives within us and Jesus is there to light our way. He stays when everyone else runs away. He loves us when we are unlovable, He forgives us for the humanly “unforgivable,” and He is always truly our Friend.
So when you sit by your Christmas tree this year wondering why you don’t have an iPhone or drive a Rolls Royce or at the very least have your student loans paid off – remember, you are richer than much of the world. You have Jesus, who will bless you socially, professionally, financially, emotionally – in all ways possible, if you just let Him.
Claim your riches, embrace Him and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the source of our spiritual wealth. Amen.