And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?”
“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
“Maybe Christmas….perhaps…means a little bit more!”
--"How the Grinch Stole Christmas", by Dr. Seuss
Since I am a grandma, it shouldn’t surprise you that I have a copy of this book at home. It is one of my favorite Dr. Suess books. There is a lesson in this children’s book even we adults need to take to heart.
I imagine this Christmas is going to be very different from any other Christmas we have celebrated. There may be some traditions we will not include in our celebrations. There may be some friends or family members who will be unable to come home this year. It may be especially lonely this year for some of you.
This year the Grinch is COVID-19. It has stolen many of our traditions this past year. And our Christmas celebrations will also be different, but we will still celebrate because “…Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” Yes, Christmas means more than our traditions, more than who we celebrate with. Christmas is about God coming to live among us. Christmas is about God with us, God for us, God loving us! Despite his efforts, the Grinch could not stop Christmas from coming. And COVID-19 cannot stop it either. Christmas will come and we will rejoice!
If the Who’s down in Who-ville could rejoice on Christmas morning without the presents, without the Christmas feast, I know we can if we remember Christmas is all about Jesus – all about God’s lavish love for us. Merry Christmas, my friends!
Now may the grace of the Father, the love of the Son, and the communion of the Holy Spirit abide upon you this day and every day unto ages and ages to come.
Pastor Jean Smith