Thought I’d share with you an article I wrote for our church bulletin this week… Enjoy!
Every year I hear people complaining about their least favorite Christmas songs.
Mostly I am shocked at their choices. I mean for real, you know mommy was kissing Santa Claus. Happens at my house all year long—at least if I am good! (Hey Sweetie, I promise I’ll be good. Sort of.)
As for me and grandpa, we believe grandma did get run over by a reindeer, bless her silly little heart. If I am not mistaken, one of my neighbors shot, stuffed, and hung that bad boy on his living room wall. I have seen it myself.
Oh, the drama.
I can’t figure out why so many are upset over Christmas Shoes. I mean who wouldn’t want a new pair of fuzzy pink house shoes for Christmas? Personally, I wish they’d sing about Christmas boots instead. I could always use a new pair of Ariat’s.
I’ll admit that I kind of wondered where they are coming from with Santa Baby. It seems counter-intuitive to me. I just imagine those fuzzy outfits would irritate any baby, no matter if it is cold outside.
As for poor old Paul McCartney, give that good British knight a break. Don’t be a real-life mean one, Mr. Grinch! Only a Grinch deliberately plans to not have a wonderful Christmas time…
I hope you are smiling with me!
Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people. For the most part, I enjoy this time of year.
For some there is great theological meaning. Indeed, without the incarnation, we would never experience the Cross. Without the Cross, we would never know redemption, restoration, and reconciliation.
For others, Christmas is a happy time of family—a special Kodachrome occasion for creating memories and remembering days gone by. I am thankful for the memories I cherish of Christmas past. I look forward with great anticipation to many more festive occasions in the future.
Even so, I am also reminded forcefully of those who are missing from around the family tree. I must acknowledge that this holiday is a difficult occasion for some–including me at times.
However, you celebrate, with whatever family traditions you imbue this time of year, I trust you will be enveloped by the presence of God–that you will know the joy of the Savior–that you will embody the Spirit of God that indwells you.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NIV11)
Merry Christmas to All and to All a good night!