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9:30 am

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REFLECTIONS

"The Truth of Christmas"


For Mary and I, Christmas has always been our favorite time of year, partly for its sheer beauty: Christmas trees all lit up, Victorian figurines holding lights in their moving hands, hearing the brush of angel’s wings while listening to our favorite Christmas music. It puts me in mind of a lesson I learned in seminary when Eric, a doctoral candidate in Religion and Literature who had renounced his Christian identity, challenged my favorite professor, Harry Oliver. Eric argued that things like virgin births, angels appearing to shepherds as they watched over their flocks by night, and wise men following a star to deliver gifts were just pleasant stories to say: Gee, this baby’s birth is important to us. Eric argued that these events did not happen as recorded; and hence, the Christian tradition was essentially false
 

The professor responded wryly: “I see. So the tradition that inspired Michelangelo’s statue of David and his work in the Sistine chapel, the tradition that produced thousands of years of hymns and music glorifying God, the tradition that produces so much beauty around Christmas time each year, this tradition is false. Eric, no tradition that inspires such beauty is false.” Every year at this time, I feel in my soul, how true that last statement is. As the new year begins, I challenge each of us to keep the beauty of Christmas alive throughout the year as we do what Howard Thurman calls the work of Christmas.


Yours on the journey,


Pastor B. J.



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