Did Christmas Leave You Cold? 

     Christmas 2006 is now history. The new year, 2007, is making its way into the history books. Did the voices of the children, the anthems of the church choir, the pastors sermons of eloquence fill our hearts with that warmth and joy of yesteryear with the prospects of a new page in life, called the New Year? Or did Christmas "leave us cold"?

     That all depends. What were we looking for in Christmas?  Did we bring to the season of festivity the penitent and broken heart of David, who pleaded: "Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice"? Did we bring to the Christ child hearts bleeding by reason of sin, pleading for the soothing ointment of forgiveness which only He could give?

     He who has pleaded penitently with God: "make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice" will never say that the message of the angels has left him cold.

     Nay, rather, he will exclaim with David who had experienced the essential joy of the Christmas Gospel:

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgiveth all thine inequities . . . who redeemeth thy life from destruction, who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies . . . He hath not dealt with us after our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities . . . . As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us."

     That, my friend - my brother, is the Christmas message! That is the precious story, the Gospel of Christ.

Anything "cold" about that? Never! Only warmth, light and joy!

     It is never too late to catch the spirit of the 17th century poet who expressed it so well and so eloquently:
                "O rejoice, ye Christians loudly, 
                 For our joy has now begun; 
                 Wondrous things our God has done . . . 
                 Joy, O Joy, beyond all gladness!
                 Christ has done away with sadness! 
                 Hence, all sorrow and repining,
                 For the Sun of grace is shining!"


 Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don. 






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