Minister’s musings for December: 12/12/12

If the Mayan calendar is right, this will be my last newsletter article. The world will be destroyed on December 21. I do not recommend quitting your job and spending all your money. No prophecy is that certain. However, if the days of December are the last 21 days of our lives, how would we spend them?

We could spend them telling people how important they are. Coworkers, friends, family, and strangers make up the tapestry of our lives. The time is now to spread kindness. The holidays and holy days of December are annual reminders and call us to spend time with each other. They call us to interrupt our busy lives and focus on what is important. But perhaps each day we should focus on what is most important. A mere twenty-one days is precious little time. But the only time we have is now. Now is always the time to be kind to ourselves and others.

One of the things that brings the most joy to me is music. Each Christmas, I pull out the old songs and look for new songs for the season. This season I share with you “Music for the End of the World.” If we are alive on Dec 22 our focus on the end times will not have been wasted. Hopefully we will have shared some music and smiles together.

Tom Lehrer, We Will All Go Together When We Go.
A bit of cold war humor to comfort us.

Herman’s Hermits, The End of the World.
This maudlin song from my childhood reminds us that the world ends when love ends.

Peter and Gordon, World Without Love.
A similar theme, I must have been a depressed 4 year old, but this song makes me
smile now.

The Smiths, Ask.
“Shyness can stop you from doing all the things in life you’d like to.” Do not be shy.
Try to love.
“If it’s not love then it’s the bomb that will bring us together.”

Elvis Costello, Waiting for the End of the World.
Absolutely Apocalyptic, “Dear Lord, I sincerely hope you’re coming ‘cause you really
started something.”

R.E.M, It’s the End of the World (As We Know It).
For some the end of the world would be a welcome change of pace. “I feel fine.”

The Beatles, The End.
“And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

With Gratitude & Hope,
Rev. Charlie

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