07 Jan Pastor’s Epistle – December 10
“He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.”
Where do you find “the spirit of Christmas”? We have been looking at this question this Advent as we have journeyed with Ebenezer Scrooge and his Christmas Eve visitors. This season is such a time of contrasts as we have visions of “sugar plums” (what are those anyway?) with joy in our hearts and such sorrows in our hearts.
“People justify spending hundreds of dollars on their kids because they only live once, and they deserve a good Christmas. What’s your definition of a good Christmas? I don’t know about you but Christmas doesn’t mean those things to me. Maybe it used to, I’m just saying. It doesn’t anymore. I think Christmas is bigger than what it has become. “
Brad Chaffee in The spin off, on Enemy of Debt
Did you catch that last line? “I think Christmas is bigger than what it has become”. Bigger as the angels announced to the Shepherds “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” – Luke 2. What a shame that we have let the greatest gift ever given turn into a run for stuff and bright lights. That we have down sized from the enormity of the gift from God for the stuff of the world! Once again humanity has chosen the lesser good.
My prayer is that as you and your loved ones journey into Christmas that you will find the deeper meaning of a good Christmas, making beautiful memories of love, joy, and the salvation through the greatest gift of all time.
Dave Powell, Pastor