Christmas needs planning. Cleaning, decorating, inviting people, or checking train-tables and shopping for presents and food. I overheard in our largest supermarket, Albert Heyn, that in the past two weeks people already have bought the things that your can put in the freezer and that stay fresh in a can or a box. On Monday the suppliers of the shop bring in mainly fresh food. Thus, people have planned already what they want to eat with Christmas. (I did not buy anything yet! I hope they will still have the tiramisu I have laid my eyes on for desert.) All this preparation is done with care and concern. The theme of the prayer of today is Gods care and concern for us in the events of lives, whatever they are, and how we experience them, sad, stressed, lonely, happy or in pain.
The prayer is the following: “Let us know your care and concern God, in the events of our lives.” I have asked for an image that shows God’s care and concern in the events of my life. I have pulled the Emperor of the Tarot of Jane Austen.
Depicted is Sir Thomas Bertram from Mansfield Park. I laughed looking at the card. Seen in an old-fashioned way this is God, a stern, conservative male God. Seen as God’s care and concern, God is concerned about my rather strong moral code in which must do everything perfect. That ranges from putting up the Christmas decorations, sending Christmas cards, making diner, creating an extra spread for Christmas to so much more. That makes me loose sleep right now.