My how time is flying by...which reminds me of a folk song that I loved because of its simple message to be in the moment and not move too fast.    

“Slow down, you move too fast

You got to make the morning last

Just kicking down the cobblestones

Looking for fun and feeling groovy

 

Ba da-da da-da da-da, feeling groovy

Hello lamppost, what'cha knowing

I've come to watch your flowers growin'

Ain't you got no rhymes for me?

Doo-ait-n-doo-doo, feeling groovy

Ba da-da da-da da-da, feeling groovy

 

I got no deeds to do, no promises to keep

I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep

Let the morning time drop all its petals on me

Life, I love you, all is groovy”

The song is titled “Feeling Groovy.”

We don’t use that slang anymore even though I used to when I was young!  The singers, Simon and Garfunkle, don’t perform together anymore but their lyrics are really about Advent: slow down, you move too fast. 

Or as you hear in the Advent scripture readings and hymns: wake up, be alert for Jesus is coming. Jesus was, is and always shall be!

But do you believe that message?  You might not say you are “feeling groovy” about the grace and power of Jesus that we have received, but the gift we celebrate at Christmas is a most amazing adventure.

God became one of us in Jesus, is with us always and calls us to grow each New Year a little more and more into a Light and Love that makes us one.

Slow down, you move too fast. Jesus, I think, was feeling pretty groovy when he said:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?  And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?” (Matthew 25:25-30)

This passage is actually a very challenging one to hold in our hearts when we hear of the plight of the homeless, of those who have suffered from natural disasters and violence of any kind, and then there are those we know, family members and friends, suffering from depression, or an addiction or the consequences of dementia.

Yet, the bold message of Jesus is to not worry.

God is with us, deeper still, slow down.

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