hope sign

hope sign

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Spirit of Christmas

“Christmas can be celebrated in the school room 
with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, 
but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. 
One wonders 
how a teacher would answer 
if a student asked why it was called Christmas.” 

My how times have changed.  Christmas is almost a dirty word in the world of, "lets make this holiday so secular that the name Jesus, the baby Jesus, is just a memory."  America wants to be so inclusive that we have excluded the One who gave us our first freedoms.  He gave us the choice to love Him or not.  Our Creator could have made us unable to choose but He wanted us to choose to love Him.  

“And when we give 
each other Christmas gifts in His name, 
let us remember 
that He has given us 
the sun and the moon and the stars, 
and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans--
and all that lives and move upon them. 
He has given us all green things 
and everything that blossoms 
and bears fruit 
and all that we quarrel about 
and all that we have misused--
and to save us from our foolishness, 
from all our sins, 
He came down to earth 
and gave us Himself.” 

One of my most favorite Christmas movies is A Christmas Carol.  The one from 1951 with Alastair Sim.  In 1951, even Hollywood wasn't afraid of recognizing our need for redemption and Who the Redeemer Is.

I hope you have a blessed day.  A day full of Christmas spirit.  What is Christmas spirit?  It is not a what but a WHO.  He is JESUS!!!

No comments:

Post a Comment