None of us like being shouted at. When they were younger my children would sometimes start texting in all uppercase. This is shouting. “Turn the caps lock off or I am going away,” I would say.
A few weeks ago, we were talking in the office about whether the pronouns for Jesus should be capitalized. The Prayer Book and version of the Bible we use in Church (the NRSV) do not capitalize, but I was always taught to. For the sake of uniformity we use the texts as they come but, perhaps, in these last few days before Christmas, we might want to imagine Jesus as HIM, a shout from Bethlehem which disturbs and awakens the whole world.
When our children were small getting out of the house for Christmas Services was a trick. Four little bodies who needed coats and shoes and, no, odd gloves really will not kill anyone. Pyjamas and a bathing suit instead of the Christmas dress. Not fighting it. But please wear a coat and shoes. You get it. Whether it is children or thinking about the turkey or work or illness or whatever, we all get distracted. God knows that. You are coming to Church to meet HIM.
If you are feeling guilty about being rushed and frustrated and having to stop for sweet potatoes before Publix closes on the way, you get that this is important. Spend this time at the end of Advent wisely. Focus your attention on the story which is unfolding. Write the “HIM” on a piece of paper and stick it somewhere you will see it. (If HIM bothers you write Jesus or something which will help you). When you feel the guilt edging in, let it go, remember where you are going and where you have come from, that is the Savior of the World.
Jesus is coming, is coming soon. Come, let us adore HIM.