Someone once said... Christmas is an intrusion, a divine disruption of our busy self-absorbed, mundane existence. I believe that to be true. And like any divine intervention it is shocking and wonderful at the same time. It is a much needed thing is Christmas. Otherwise we would stumble blindly forward with nothing in our vision but the immediate, thinking of what we must do, where we must go, who we must talk to, what things must be accomplished, how we are going to get it all done...like so many Scrooges, worried only about ourselves. Then the Spirit of Christmas past, present and future - breaks in upon us. The One who Was, and Is, and Is To Come jolts us out of self-absorption and into reverential awe. We are once again reminded of what is truly important, where our focus should be, of the true nature of our existence, and of the great lack of gratitude on our part. And so we pause on Christmas to remember, to meditate, to consider the reason for all of the bustle and hurry, the meaning of our business. And in the quiet moment, when we once again have a clear view of the Blessed Hope that is Christmas we leap up and shout with all the other people of the earth - God Bless Us Everyone!