Cut through the clutter.

At the funeral for the father of a good friend, I ran into someone I used to work with. A dedicated “none,” he’ll tell you he’s too busy to go to church. Or to be an atheist.

But something about seeing our friend’s dad for the last time cut through the clutter for him. And afterwards he grabbed me.

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Over a cup of truly average coffee, we talked. About things he knew were missing in his life, stuff that he’d kept himself too busy to think about.  

Whether we go to church or not, when it comes to being too busy to think about what’s missing in our lives, most of us have some serious skills. Skills that in the long run do more harm than good.

Which is why the Church doesn’t do Christmas without doing Advent first. Because all of us are missing something. And we shouldn’t have to wait for a funeral to cut through the clutter.

More on this tomorrow.

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