another merry christmas
I was intrigued by something Tim Timmons said at a Christmas concert last week about the meaning of the word “merry.” To wish someone a Merry Christmas is more than just wishing them happiness, (which we could also use a little more of, right?). And it’s certainly not the same thing as wishing them a super sparkly season.
Tim pointed to Robin Hood and his merry men to find the deeper, historical meaning of the word. You know the story. Robin’s merry men were anything but super sparkly consumers of good cheer. They were rugged radicals. They lived on little and fought against greed. They sought justice and they gave their lives to overturn the prevailing culture of callous privilege.
“Merry” described the counter-cultural commitment that characterized their lives. To be merry was to be filled with courage. So when we wish someone a Merry Christmas this year, lets wish them courage to do what is right, to live justly, to resist greed, and to seek the common good during this sacred season.