IS THERE SUCH A THING AS “CHRISTMAS TOO QUICK??”

I know…you might be thinking that after the Christmas presents are unwrapped and the Christmas parties are behind you, and the relatives have returned home, you might think that you are ok with it all being over. It went by quick enough and now life can get back to normal. But are we too quick to count down the days rather than making the days count?
I wonder if we “hustle” the Christmas season along too quickly!  It should be a time on the calendar when we slow down enough to think about God coming in the flesh to live among us for 33 years. How many conversations of wonder do we have with friends and relatives about this incredible event? Instead I am afraid that  our children hear conversations like: “I have so much to do or  we have to run here or I must stop and get this, etc?” Do they ever hear in depth conversations about Jesus at this time of year? The problem is we have “rushed our spirituality” right out the window. We have created a “go faster” mentality about the whole Christmas thing. Everyone brags about their busy-ness and flurry of activity as if that qualifies us for some star in our imaginary character crown! Maybe we have just forgotten the “Martha & Mary” story in the Gospels.

I keep thinking of that verse in Luke [2:19]where Mary kept going over in her mind what the Shepherds told her about the angelic announcement regarding the birth of Jesus.  She slowed down and just thought it through. Good news…great joy…a savior! No one can embody all of that stuff in the human family. It took Jesus Christ to bring all of that to us. And Mary just could not stop thinking about it.Can we?

Recently God called R. C. Sproul home to glory. The one quality that I appreciated most about him was  his ability to make us think deeply and long about who Christ is and what He came to do. You could not help but linger at the Biblical table laden with the subject of Jesus Christ when he taught and wrote.

Somehow in this coming year we need to learn to take the “quick” out of our to do list. Jesus Christ is worth some time to contemplate! We need to “linger awhile at the table!” Think it thru

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“IS THERE MORE TO CHRISTMAS THAN MEETS THE EYE?”

ImageMary’s response to Elizabeth’s insight about her pregnancy has long intrigued me. I believe there is more here than meets the eye. For a young woman song writer Mary shows great maturity beyond her years. Of course we know what was recorded in Luke 1 was inspired by the Holy Spirit Himself. She sees the birth of Christ as Divine Intentional Intervention not only in her life but in the world at large. Did you ever notice her catalogue of God’s intervening actions as she saw it? Let me bullet point them for you:

* He has looked on the humble estate of his servant

* He has done great things for me

* He has shown strength with his arm

* He has brought down the mighty from their thrones

* He has filled the hungry with good things

* He has sent the rich empty away

* He has helped his servant Israel

Mary saw God’s powerful intervention as one of salvation and provision. She was conscious of her lack of power, influence, and resources, yet she saw what God was doing in sending Christ as transcending all that the mighty, the rich, and those on the thrones of power could do even with everything they had.  In comparison they were weak, ineffective, and powerless to change what really needed changed. She speaks of God’s mercy and His holy name as those things that matter most. She starts her song of overwhelming worship with the simple response of magnifying the Lord and rejoicing in God her Savior. When we think of all that was happening by the entrance of Christ into this world, we are meant to be moved by the sheer force of God’s intentions for His son and for the mercy that was offered to sinners.  Can we stand by Mary with our spiritual magnifying glass and pull these truths up close?  The response of my heart ought to be nothing less than outstanding joy!  Rescued by such divine intentional intervention…sinners brought close! Think it thru