Of course there is a Santa Claus. It’s just that no single somebody could do all he has to do. So the Lord has spread the task among us all. That’s why everybody is Santa Claus. I am. You are. — Truman Capote
Many of the insights and reflections on Christmas bounce off the question of whether or not there really is a Santa Claus. Or God.
Sometimes as Christians, we take God’s existence for granted and we don’t grapple with, or maybe even see, the reality of many of our neighbors. That they doubt or disbelieve in God’s existence.
Some of us might also have more doubts than our typical Sunday morning appearances around Old First suggest.
Today, try to imagine what Christmas could mean to you if you absolutely did not… would not… could not believe in God. Could there still be some meaning to the holiday (holy day)? Could one, even without tracing your faith back to God, believe in the power and importance of love, service, humility, vulnerability that Jesus represents?
In a time when Christmas itself has become a tug of war between different people and their opposing interpretations of what the true Christmas really is, maybe part of Capote’s notion that “everybody is Santa Claus” includes spreading Christmas spirit, joy, and peace by accepting folks for however they engage Christmas. Perhaps part of all of us being Santa is finding people where they live and and celebrating with them the way they are given to celebrate. See if you can do that with someone whose celebration doesn’t include belief in God.
Extra-credit: Read Psalm 77 at least two times today, with a significant time between them. Do you think that doubts leave us beyond God’s concern or reach?