Noticing the Realities Behind the Christmas Ordinaries

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





gifts given

gifts received

bustling crowds

joyful greetings

                                                                candy & cookies

                                                             times of worship

                                                            family gatherings

                                                              wide-eyed children


                                                        a tree




            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!

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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