Pondering today on the “sacred” and the “secular” and if there really is a division.
Secular – denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis.
It’s that time of year when the “sacred” and the “secular” seem to collide. Where the world of nativities and the world of Santa and his elves somehow come together to make up this season that we call Christmas. Where we go from singing “O holy Night” right into “Jingle Bells”. As a young mom of five children trying to navigate her way through “religion “, I tried my very best to separate the sacred from the secular. My heart was to protect my kids from the “world”. This “protection” crossed over into Christmas. While we did celebrate Christmas, we didn’t include anything that revolved around Santa or his elves. We had a birthday cake for baby Jesus (even though most experts will tell you he was not born at this time of year) and we gave gifts on Christmas morning to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. Christmas was very fun at our house even without Santa.
Where I am today… We celebrate it all! We celebrate Emmanuelle, “God with us”, and we celebrate the joy of Santa Claus, and his cute little elves, and the north pole, and candy canes, and mistletoe, and Christmas trees and twinkling lights.
As God has so sweetly torn down the walls of judgmental and isolated religion in my life, and as he has set me free to just be who he created me to be, I have come to understand that ALL things were created by him, through him and for him. That Christmas is really about showing us that there is NO wall separating Him and us…that the “sacred” and the “secular” are man made ideas and divisions that HE never endorsed!
MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIENDS!!! YOU are loved! YOU are His!