Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I’ve been sick and life in December is as crazy for me as it is most people, so I haven’t had nearly enough time to sit down with God and see what He wanted me to write next.
My husband and I have been working with Truckstop Ministries (he preaches about once a month and I assist). We had a gentleman get rather belligerent about our choice to play Christmas music. He began to tell me all about how pagan Christmas was and the Bible never says we should celebrate it, so he would never attend one of our fellowship meetings again because we played Christmas music to worship God during December.
That’s been on my mind because I don’t feel I was able to make a good reply to him. I tried, but he was very set against any celebration of Christmas and called it all pagan. While there are some pagan aspects to some traditions, some commercial aspects that don’t honor God, and Jesus almost certainly wasn’t born December 25, I believe Christians can still use the holiday legitimately to worship our Lord. And as for it not being prescribed in the Bible, my poem below points out a few ways God celebrated, so I don’t think I’m out of line to celebrate as well. I hope you agree and that you were able to celebrate the birth of our Lord last month in some appropriate, God-honoring manner.
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God sent a choir of angels down.
He brought the shepherds near.
He even sent a bright, new star
To guide the wise men here.
God celebrated His son’s birth:
A gift sent from above
To save a broken, sin-filled world
By sacrificing love.
Have you accepted this great gift,
And do you celebrate
The Savior who loved you to death?
He didn’t hesitate
When heading to the cross for you
And me to bear the shame
And pain and death that we deserve.
Lift high His holy name.
You do not have to have a tree,
No tinsel, nor one light,
No Santa, elves or reindeer or
A star that shines so bright.
The chance to honor God’s great gift
Should mean the most to you.
So celebrate on Christmas Day
And all the whole year through.
© 2014 Denise McKenney
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Beautiful poem. God bless that man at the truck stop. He helped you slow down and remember the meaning of Christmas in a deeper way.
Yes, I really had to examine what I was celebrating and why. I do feel sorry that he can’t celebrate his Lord & Savior.