And you asked me what I want this year,
And I’ll try to make this kind and clear,
Just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days.
‘Cause I don’t need boxes wrapped in strings,
And designer love and empty things,
Just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days.
So take these words and sing out loud,
‘Cause everyone is forgiven now,

 ‘Cause tonight’s the night the world begins again.

 “Better Days”
Goo Goo Dolls

This admittedly a-typical Christmas song by the Goo Goo Dolls has long been one of my favorites. This year, its plea that we might find “better days” seems especially poignant. The song’s reminders that Christmas brings both a new beginning and an assurance that we are forgiven can be forgotten in our rush to find the perfect gift for loved ones, and to make sure our to-do lists are completed before Christmas—or because we are anxious or worn down by the problems we see in our nation and world.

So, take time right now to breathe, to rest in the knowledge that with Christ we will find better days. As members of the body of Christ, we are not alone.  With God’s help, we can work together to make better days.

What will you do to make today a “better day” for someone? How will your actions today contribute to “better days” for our earth and God’s creation? Who will you be today if you act as though you truly believe that everyone, even those with whom you disagree, has been forgiven because Jesus—God incarnate—came among us over 2000 years ago?

So take these words, and sing out loud, ‘cause everyone is forgiven now, ‘cause tonight’s the night the world begins again.  AMEN.