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Feeling, gooey, ooh

“Christmas is what this town is all about.”  “That’s what Christmas is all about.” And on goes the dialogue. You’ve heard it if you have watched any Christmas movies this year.

I’ve watched more than my share – just ask my hubby.  I have not told him yet but I have tired of them. The plot wears thin. Snow that doesn’t nip at your nose or pink up your toes after a while is just white on the screen. This human needs real. All humans need real, don’t we?

I like the warm fuzzies. I like family coming together. I like conflicts resolved. I like friendships that develop into godly romances. I like the underdog coming into her/his own, even stepping up to hero of the day. I like lights and glitter and tinsel and trees and ornaments galore. I like cards and gifts, giving even more than receiving. I like cookies and hot cocoa and candy canes and romantic walks in the snow or cuddling on the front porch swing.  You get the idea. I like the stuff we call Christmas.

But is all this feeling, gooey, ooh — Christmas?  If this is Christmas – GOD wasted a trip! Cause man, woman, boy, and girl needs more! This is surface stuff. Our needs run deep; deep, dark, stanky, cold, rock hard soul places deep where anything but warm fuzzies lives. Where families are torn apart, where conflict resolutions seem impossible, marriages are incinerated, and we are crippled with intimidation or stuffed fuller of ourselves than a Christmas turkey with cornbread dressing.  Now that’s real. That’s what humans are and worse! You know it’s true. (Jeremiah 17:9)

So, why, why did we bury Christmas in feeling, gooey, ooh?  No. I’m asking you. Why did we? Why do we still?

Here’s the deal.

John 3:16 King James Version (KJV)16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. source

See?
But guess what?
That alone did not sell Christmas lights, trees, cards, ornaments, hot cocoa, cars, bikes, ipads, or toys, etc. etc.
But He alone will bring families together, resolve any conflict given to Him, save a marriage, grow courage in the most timid, humble the arrogant, and He just might gift romantic walks in the snow and snuggles on the porch swing and more, plus eternal life to whosoever will believe HIM.

Now that’s Real, folks. And Real is what Christmas is really about. (Yeah, I know 😊 )

Revelation 22:20 The One giving testimony to these things says, “Yes! I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Yeshua! 21 May the grace of the Lord Yeshua be with all!   source

Bring it Home

Luke 16

In this season of celebrating, giving and receiving, partying and more, we have the opportunity to choose wisely that which we prize and give honor. This verse brings it home, I think.

15 Then he said to them, You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts. What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God.  source

Let us survey the terrain; let us carefully notice and examine that which the public honors that we do not find ourselves opposing the GOD we are proclaiming this very Christmas Season.

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