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The Missing Santa
Human Condition - Traditions Series

Copyright © 2005 Dorian Scott Cole
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Hellllllp! There is a terrible tragedy about to happen. Christmas might not come this year. I don't know why. Why is never really important - the importance is the potential calamity of it and the need for Christmas to be rescued. Every year, Santa somehow gets misplaced or hijacked, or everyone is burdgeoning with hate and despair, or someone steals all of the presents. Why, what would the world be like if Christmas didn't come? It's unthinkable. Every year, somehow Christmas gets rescued and we discover that it was in us, in our hearts, all along. Christmas is unstoppable.

The message of Christmas resonates with all of us, no matter what religion we are. Christmas is symbolic of hope, love, and peace. It provides us with a once a year opportunity to set aside our differences, and find an avenue to peace and reconciliation. We are reminded that we can do it.

Christians are similarly occupied with another question - the missing Christ. Christ came once, and we celebrate the hope, love, and peace of that in Christmas. He promised to come again. What if he doesn't? After all, his followers expected his return within a short time, and people even ceased marrying. That was over 2000 years ago. What if he doesn't come back? What if Christ is... missing?

Send a search party! We must find Christ. There have been rumblings of Christ-like activity around town - here everyone take a lead and start looking.

Where could he be? Maybe he can't find a place to stay. Over there. Check that homeless shelter. No - just kind people helping those who are down and out. Remember those immortal words of Christ, "If you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to me." Homeless shelter - sure sign that Christ has been here.

Check that store. He must be trapped in a wrapped box, held hostage by the rampant commercialism of Christmas. He must be captive there until we all come to our senses. Oh, we just see some woman showing her love by spending her last few dollars to buy toys for her husband and child. Remember the woman who poured expensive perfume on Christ's feet to show her love. Showing love - another sign Christ has been here, but no Christ.

Where else could he be? Christ used to eat with the tax collectors and other despised people. Check the Senate. Maybe Christ is sitting among the politicians. No, just some people trying to make peace with our enemies, and prevent injustice among oppressed people. Christ said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." He has been even here among the politicians.

We see the signs that Christ was here, but no Christ. People are giving to those in need, showing their love to others, fighting for the oppressed, and making peace. So where is he? Wait, wait, I think I see him. There, just peeking out from behind all of those charitable hearts. He has come over and over again, all through the centuries. He is in us.

Even if we have no other reminders, once a year Christmas reminds us that God left us all a message of hope, love, and peace. You can't stop the message from coming. It is in us.

Merry Christmas to all!

- Scott

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