Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Have A Deeply Meditative And Heartwarming Christmas!", by Pastor Kevin Lynch

"Merry" Christmas doesn't really cut it for me anymore.

It doesn't go far enough.

"Merry", while not a bad term, doesn't go far enough in expressing the depth and importance of Jesus' birth.

While it's certainly not religious (which is good), it's also not sacred enough.

"Merry" expresses merriment, festiveness, fun, giving presents etc., and while that's all fine, it's only a part of Christmas, albeit the least important part.

For many however, the merriment IS Christmas.

For others like myself, merry is eclipsed by the joyfulness of the Incarnation.

Spiked eggnog cannot accomplish it, nor can an unleashed spending frenzy.

Maybe I am just getting old.

My Christmases now are quiet meditations and contemplations. My merriment is any chance I get to spend with family.

Christmas for me now is more of a lasting experience, not something to be merely endured until it's over.

So yes, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. If a warm crackling fire enhances that then I say you are fortunate to have one. Watch your children play with their gifts, and if you live in a small town take a walk and wish as many as possible a "Merry" Christmas!

There is a great joy in the world today!

Luke 2:11 - "For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord."

And in the midst of your merriment leave room for meditation and contemplation. Go deep in thought.

Luke 2:19 says that Mary "pondered".

Yes, let's ponder all of what Christmas means in our hearts.

Have A Deeply Meditative And Heartwarming And...Merry...Christmas!

See you all again on Monday!

Keepin' it Christmassy!

Pastor Kevin <><

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