Friday, December 07, 2007

It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. Or maybe his head wasn't screwed on just right.

(*The following is adapted from an article that appears in this week's edition of the Murphy Messenger.*)

How Do You Respond to Christmas?

People respond to Christmas in various ways.

Some celebrate with decorations inside and outside the house. Some respond by demonstrating love to others, including gift giving. Some rejoice in the great gift of the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, mystified by the miracle of the incarnation.

Yet others see Christmas as merely a time to be fleeced by the department stores, and so they resent the whole Christmas season.

Others vent their hostility toward Christmas (e.g.). Some respond by destroying the Christmas decorations of others. Last year, I remember the children of a family in dismay as they examined a lacerated inflatable Santa and a decapitated Rudolph.

Those hostile to Christmas brought sadness to a family that was hoping to share joy with others.

A variety of responses is nothing new. When Jesus was born, some responded by traveling to worship, but others responded with animosity, like Herod who saw Jesus as a threat and murdered every male child under age 2.

Sadly, some respond with hostility to Christmas and any semblance thereof because they are hostile to Christ.

How do you respond to Christmas? Is it a time of joy and kindness? Is it a time of remembering that great Gift that was given for us as God sent His Son who would die so that others might live? Is it merely a time of commercialism? Is it a time of loneliness?

In my front yard I have a sign which reads, “Wise men still seek Him.”

Yet, it's the fear of the Lord that is the beginning of wisdom (Prov 9:10). We must realize that Christ is not an impotent baby, but God in the flesh and One who is not to be trifled with.

Wisdom dictates you greet Christ not with hostility, but in humility seeking forgiveness through His death on the cross.

I hope we all remember the true meaning of Christ’s birth and respond with faith in our hearts and kindness to others.

14 Comments:

At 07 December, 2007 09:51, Blogger Timothy said...

I think I'm one who dreads it. Not because I'm not grateful for the first advent, but what it has become and what it does to my check book. We can't afford it... but... we don't need it... but...

Why does my son need any more toys? He has more toys at 2 than I had my entire life growing up? Ugh!

But then there are the trains... :)

 
At 07 December, 2007 10:06, Blogger Michelle K said...

The Grinch who Stole Chritmas

 
At 07 December, 2007 14:22, Blogger Michelle K said...

Sorry, correction...

The Grinch whole Stole ChriStmas

 
At 07 December, 2007 15:55, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

That's my response, any questions?

 
At 07 December, 2007 16:16, Blogger GUNNY said...

"The Grinch whole Stole ChriStmas"

michelle k,

Is that your final answer?

 
At 07 December, 2007 17:26, Blogger Rev. said...

I think that the best reason of all may have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

Nice slooge, Gun.

 
At 07 December, 2007 23:26, Anonymous mark t said...

Santa is virtually inescapable. We try to focus our children on Jesus' birthday, but the man in the red suit is around every corner. Regrettably, perhaps I must confront him.

 
At 08 December, 2007 08:38, Blogger Lance said...

I would pay to see Mark T. and Kringle in a Texas Death Match.

 
At 08 December, 2007 19:34, Blogger shy_smiley said...

nice, gentle reminder. I've dreaded Christmas for many of my previous years but as I become more comfortable with who I am (the person God made) and wish to project a serene image to the preschoolers I teach, I have become less and less stressed about Christmas. Teaching Godly Play at church and leading the preschoolers in Chapel over the past two years has helped me remember the reasons for Advent. Have a blessed, Happy Christmas!

 
At 08 December, 2007 19:51, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

Elf

 
At 08 December, 2007 19:52, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

 
At 08 December, 2007 20:10, Blogger GUNNY said...

Jesus girl wrote: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

Exactly!

Remember, it's a bit of a multiple choice quiz because I will always have the movie quoted listed in the ethos post.

Obviously, Rev knew it, as well.

The movie was an interesting gig for Boris Karloff, don't you think?

 
At 09 December, 2007 15:44, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

I didn't know there was a multiple choice answer list. I printed it out and will be more up to speed now.

 
At 10 December, 2007 07:56, Blogger Michelle K said...

a list??? well, that will be helpful--I did not know of it, either.

Maybe I wouldn't have goofed this one so badly.
: )

 

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