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Come, dearest child, into our hearts,
and leave your crib behind you!
Let this be where the new life starts
for all who seek and find you.
To you be honor, thanks and praise,
for all your gifts this time of grace:
come conquer and deliver this world,
and us, forever.
F. P. Green
The Advent season! Christmas! It is, for most of us, a time of tradition. As the holiday draws near, our memories are stirred. We recall Christmas past…the family gatherings, the festive meals, the wonderful gifts and glorious songs. We are warmed and comforted by those memories, and we often seek to relive those moments by recreating those events as closely as possible.
While I support such efforts, I think the verse quoted above offers an additional possibility for us. “Let this be where the new life starts for all who seek and find you.” As we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, we also have the opportunity for rebirth and new life. God gave us the greatest gift possible…”his only begotten Son”…that we might have life anew.
What does that mean, though, as Christmas 2017 approaches? Obviously, it doesn’t mean a return to the cradle, or to temper-tantrums and pacifiers! The next phrase above points us in the right direction. “To you be honor, thanks and praise, for all your gifts this time of grace.” We’re called to put aside our complaints, jealousy, envy and greed, and to focus on all God has done for us. We should lift our voices in praise rather than complaint, counting our blessings rather than our aches and pains.
As we celebrate the blessed birth, let us all accept the gift of new life…in Christ. Let us rejoice with the angels and shepherds, and offer praise to God for His gracious gift.
May you have a truly blessed Christmas, and may the New Year bring us all a new life of peace and joy.
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