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Sorry, but I’m NOT going to wish you a merry Christmas.
It’s not because I’m a scrooge.
It’s not because I want to be politically correct.
It’s certainly not because I’m an atheist, secular humanist or a universalist.
Christmas is the day everything changed!
God became human! The kingdom of God became near! Christ our Savior was born!
“Merry” is too small a word for this.
If you are in a season of pain – physical, emotional, relational, spiritual or otherwise – this is the day the Prince of Peace entered this world. I wish you a Peaceful Christmas. Not a watered-down, hippy peace that ignores or denies hardship. But a Peace that says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
If you are in a good place right now and all seems right with the world. I wish you an Awe-full Christmas. Not an awful-as-in-bad Christmas, but a Christmas that so fills you with awe that you can’t sit still. An Awe-full that says, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
It may seem like a contradiction or a paradox, however…
The Gospel is meant to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. -Garrison Keillor
I wish you a Peaceful, Awe-full Christmas that rocks your world! After we experience Christ this Christmas, let’s come back fired up and ready to live out your mission online together like never before! Who’s with me?