Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort in love, any sharing in the Spirit, any sympathy, complete my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, being united, and agreeing with each other. Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others. Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus:
Though he was in the form of God,
he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit.
But he emptied himself
by taking the form of a slave
and by becoming like human beings.
When he found himself in the form of a human,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore, God highly honored him
and gave him a name above all names,
so that at the name of Jesus everyone
in heaven, on earth, and under the earth might bow
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
“You see, Mrs. Walker, this is quite an opportunity for me. For the past 50 years or so I’ve been getting more and more worried about Christmas. Seems we’re all so busy trying to beat the other fellow in making things go faster and look shinier and cost less that Christmas and I are sort of getting lost in the shuffle.” — Kris Kringle
Christmas is a time for imaginations to run wild. For some of us, we imagine what presents might be under the tree or how wonderful it will be to see family and friends again. When we imagine, we create a picture in your mind’s eye and then dream about that picture becoming real.
Together, let us imagine the perfect Christmas. A Christmas where there is no war, fighting, or yelling. A Christmas where no harsh word is spoken or unkind deed is done. Imagine a Christmas where no one is hungry, no one is sick and no one is hurting. Imagine a Christmas where everyone has someone who loves them.
Imagine a Christmas where everyone has a safe place to live and no one is scared.
In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he encourages them and us to imagine. Imagine living in a community — in a world — where we treat each other the way Jesus showed us and taught us. Imagine a world where we are all united and willing to work together for the common good using Christ as our inspiration. Imagine a world where things are never done for selfish purposes but instead others come first. Imagine a world where we all look out for our neighbor — those across the street, those on the “other” side of town, and those around the world. Imagine a world where this is how we live, work, and play every day. Imagine . . .
Creator God, stir within us the imagination of a child that we might dream of a world where all of Your children live in peace and love. Amen.