Noticing the Realities Behind the Christmas Ordinaries

 hope-on-tree           This Christmas season, like others before it, is likely to include…

snow

cards

music

parties

gifts given

gifts received

bustling crowds

joyful greetings

                                                                candy & cookies

                                                             times of worship

                                                            family gatherings

                                                              wide-eyed children

                                                         wonder

                                                        a tree

                                                        lights

                                                         joy

 

            When you encounter those familiar holiday things, turn your heart to ponder the gospel realities they signal:

            + snow: a heart washed clean by the One who “came to save his people from their sins.” (Matt.1:21)

            + cards:  announcing good news: Immanuel, God is with us”. (Matt. 1:23).

            + music: echoing the angels’ song: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased.” (Luke 2:34)

            + parties: like the ones in heaven when one lost son or daughter comes Home to the Father.   (Luke 15:7,32)

            + gifts given: out of sheer grace-full love like God, who “so loved the world that He gave His only Son.”  (John 3:16)

            + gifts received: with gratitude to the One who “gave Himself to redeem us… and purify for Himself a people.”  (Titus 2:14)

            + bustling crowds: who are still “harassed and helpless sheep without a shepherd”, needing Jesus’ compassion. (Matt.9:36)

            + joyful greetings: proclaiming “good news, freedom. healing” (Lk 4:18)

            +candy and cookies: grace is sweet, so “taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Ps. 34:8)

            + times of worship: delighting in “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Cor.4:6)

            + family gatherings: since He came ‘ we are no longer strangers…but members of God’s own family.”  (Eph.2:19)

            + wide-eyed children:” for to us a child is born…Wonderful counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Is. 9:6)

            + wonder: ”Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Lk 2:19)

            + a tree: “Jesus became a curse for us…hanging on a tree” (Gal.3:13)

            + lights: “In Him was life and the life was the light of men.” (Jn.1:4):

            + joy: “weeping may last the night, but joy comes on [Christmas] morning” (Ps. 30:5)

Bask in the realities of His life this season—and enjoy!

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One response

  1. Thank you, David, for your good words and discerning eye, helping us find Christ at the heart of Christmas in all our yuletide traditions.

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