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Thinking About Christmas

There is NOT a War on Christmas. There is no need for us to arm ourselves with strident “Merry Christmases” as we go about preparation for the holiday. Certainly, the notion of making “Christmas Great Again” is a preposterous one. WE don’t make Christmas anything.

Christmas is God’s Work, not ours. Literally, Christmas means Christ’s Birth. I know that I had no part in making that happen.

In the carol, It Came upon the Midnight Clear, we sing these words, “And you, beneath life’s crushing load, whose forms are bending low, who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow: look now, for glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing; oh, rest beside the weary road and hear the angels sing.” The carol concludes by reminding us that there will come a time when “peace will fling itself upon this world”.

Oh, how I yearn for that moment.

Christmas is about God’s glory coming upon us and promising peace. If Christmas brings about peace, then there is NOT a war around Christmas. If Christmas is about God coming to us in the form of this tiny child, then Christmas does not need to be made great. IT ALREADY IS! God decrees it so.

What silly humans we are! We fight over Christmas. While the angels sing “Peace on Earth,” we sow seeds of division.

I pray that Christmas this year will be a BLESSING to you. I pray that Christ’s birth among you will change your life. I pray that as God’s glory is revealed to the world, you will catch a glimpse of the peace yet to come.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus, Come!

Blessings

Pastor Tim

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