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Today’s slice of the bread of life, the Word of God, comes from Luke 2:20:
“…and the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”
Well, since Thanksgiving has passed and the commercial world has begun it’s Christmas spirit already, I thought it would be OK to present my Christmas message early. So here it is. It’s title: What is Christmas Spirit Anyway?
Is it just a day at the end of the year?
A gay holiday filled with merry good cheer?
A season for presents – both taking and giving?
A time to indulge in the pleasures of living?
Are we lost in a meaningless, muddled daze?
That covers our minds like an autumn haze?
Have we closed our hearts to God and his love?
And turned our eyes from the bright star above?
Oh, Father, in heaven renew and restore,
the real true meaning of Christmas once more.
So we can feel in our hearts again
The peace on earth, good will to men,
Is still a promise that man can claim –
If he but seeks it in Thy name.
The problem is that when something becomes too familiar to us, we have trouble seeing it in a new way. That is the purpose of this message: to help you see beyond the familiar and find the true spirit of Christmas.
Let’s listen to a story by Bill Johnson’s search for the real Christmas spirit. He went all over his town searching; to a Christmas tree lot, a Santa in the mall, festively dressed families doing their shopping, etc. Finally a mall information desk clerk answered his question: “Where might I find the Christmas spirit?” She answered, “It’s in your heart, and it feels warm and glowy, like a mother’s love for her child. You can’t buy it at any store here, and you can’t get it from anybody else. It’s in here.” she said, pointing to her chest.
As I began writing this message I decided that if I hoped to discover the real Christmas spirit I would need to reread the real Christmas story. But this time, I would pay attention to the actions of those who first heard the Christ child’s birth. I would have to place myself in the original scene…