Monday, December 14, 2009

A Christ Christmas

"He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not." (John 1:10).

While performing at the Kraft Music Hall in 1941, Bing Crosby sang “White Christmas”, a song by Irvin Berlin, and unexpectedly produced the best selling single of all time. There is scarcely anyone today who is not familiar with the old-fashioned melody, for it surfaces each year with the same nostalgic force it unleashed that first December all those years ago.

But things are notably different in our world today. Especially when it comes to Christmas; and specifically when it comes to Christ. The political/social climate of our world is increasingly hostile to anything Christian, and much is being done to exclude Christ from all public formums.

Once again we see the truth of John’s ancient words, “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not” (John 1:10). John does go on to tell us that, even though the world does not accept Jesus, there are those who do. And God gives them “the power to become childern of God” (john 1:12).

So, here’s a gift from me to you. A Christmas prayer, really. I wrote this to express not only what’s in my heart, but also in the hearts of millions throughout our world today.

Take the old tune “White Christmas” and sing the following words as an expression of your faith and hope during these Holy Days. And may this rise as a prayer to Heaven, which moves God to act on our behalf and answer it even while the words are on our lips!

I'm praying for a Christ Christmas
Just like the ones we used to know.
With the Babe in the manger,
People being friends with strangers,
And helping every needy soul.

I'm praying for a Christ Christmas
Just like it was that holy night.
May your days be filled with God’s light
And may all your Christmases have Christ.

May God fill your life with all the treasures that are hid in Christ, as you do your part to openly make Him known to others!

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