“It’s Christmas, lighten up! You’re such a ‘Debbie Downer‘!” someone said.
(Not to me, but I was in the throes of lament and just stared in shock wondering what would happen next. Would someone throw a punch, or would the named just wither in shame?)
The Joy and Rescue we are given in the Incarnation, celebrated at Christmas, should banish all pains and sorrow…..er….not so fast!
Lament and Joy always seem to pair off together. Strangely so.
Or Maybe not.
Perhaps because one doesn’t make sense without the other. Joy is chased by sorrow, and sorrow by Joy. Anyone with a choke hold on gladness is probably on drugs, uppers, of course. Can the words “choke hold” be paired with gladness?
Well, that’s my point.
I see a lot of pushiness to “bring Christmas back” and be glad because it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but that feels like a choke hold to me.
I need what I need. God will comfort me when I need it, and be in my Joy when that’s where I am. I’m not sure how I’ll feel today or when family pours in and presents go flying.
That’s what time of year it is!
My Debbie Downer Prayer:
Thank you for the gift of your Son in a manger.
Be with me when I don’t feel this joy in my salvation,
Give me the comfort of your steadfast love.
For those who are tormented, for those who have sorrow or grief,
For those whose burdens and hope deferred are strong enough
To keep under wraps amidst the cheer, be their hope in trail.
Hear their cries and laments
Salve them with your good Spirit
Be their Shepherd and Deliverer
Show them you love them, whether they feel happy or not.
Here’s some Debbie Downer for you.
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