I think one of the most disheartening truths about the Christians of our time, is that we have…
…(by and large)…
…ceased to believe in miracles.
And since we have gone that route…
…the non-biblical, non-historical, sterile path of people losing their imaginations…
…Christmas has often been celebrated with that same sense of loss.
Yes, we decorate.
We put on the outer trappings so that the world may know that we are preparing for festivity.
Christmas itself is predicated on a miracle.
A virgin shall conceive and bear a son…- that is what the prophet Isaiah foretold.
And sure enough, in the course of time, when all of creation was ready to bring forth the greatest of fruit…
…Mary, the young virgin, did indeed bring forth a child with no earthly father.
NOW CONSIDER THE IRONY OF THIS
The star, the visitors, the gifts of the magi, all of them only made sense in that they pointed toward the great miracle that was coming forth – the God man through the virgin.
And yet we, with all of those same additions:
The star on the tree, the visitors of family and friends, the many gifts…
…all of them have lost their compass.
So how do we fix this?
It is quite simple.
Start believing in the miracle again.
Believe, that God can reach even the most wayward in your family.
Believe, that Jesus can heal even the most broken of hearts.
Believe, and Christmas will be different this year.
Talk to you soon,
in Christ, patrick