Message From Pastor
“Christmas is over!” That’s what someone said to me the other day. “Not just for this year. It’s over! Done for! Through!” “It’s become another one of those run-of-the-mill, secular holidays.” “We’ve X’ed out Christ, and without Christ, it’s over.”
While I agreed with my friend that Christmas without Christ would have little, I take that back, NO meaning or purpose, I guess I wasn’t ready to concede that the world had pushed the Savior out of His celebration, His day.
Then I came across this little reading from Max Lucado, titled “HE STILL COMES”:
The world was different this week. It was temporarily transformed.
The magical dust of Christmas glittered on the cheeks of humanity ever so briefly, reminding us of what is worth having and what we were intended to be. We forgot our compulsion with winning, wooing, and warring. We put away our ladders and ledgers, we hung up our stopwatches and weapons. We stepped off our race tracks and roller coasters and looked outward toward the star of Bethlehem.
We reminded ourselves that Jesus came as a babe, born in a manger.
I’d like to suggest that we remind ourselves he still comes.
He comes to those as small as Mary’s baby and as poor as a carpenter’s boy.
He comes to those as young as a Nazarene teenager and as forgotten as an unnoticed kid in an obscure village.
He comes to those as busy as the oldest son of a large family, to those as stressed as the leader of restless disciples, to those as tired as one with no pillow for his head.
He comes and gives us the gift of himself.
Sunsets steal our breath. Caribbean blue stills our hearts. Newborn babies stir our tears. Lifelong love bejewels our lives. But take all these away—strip away the sunsets, oceans, cooing babies, and tender hearts—and leave us in the Sahara, and we still have reason to dance in the sand. Why? Because God is with us.
He still comes. He still speaks.
From Christmas Stories: Heartwarming Classics of Angels, A Manger, and the Birth of Hope. Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 2011) Max Lucado.
Regardless of what people may desire to do to Christ and His Christmas, or what we may do in our laziness and neglect of His holy things, including Christmas, He remains Immanuel, “God with Us,” God in the flesh, who came and who through His Word and Sacraments comes to be with us, to love us, and to save us! As long as that is true, Christmas is and will not be over, until we go to be with Him, in His glory, in Heaven!
Until that great day, Merry Christmas, and
rich Christmas blessings to you and yours!
Pastor and Shari Miller