Pastor’s Thoughts: December 2018 / January 2019
A little girl came home from Sunday school waving a paper for her mother to see. “Look Mommy,” she exclaimed, “My teacher says I drew the most unusual Christmas picture she ever saw!”
Her mother took one look and had to agree with the teacher. Hoping her daughter could explain her creation, the mother asked, “Why are all these people riding in the back of an airplane?” “Well, Mommy, that’s the flight into Egypt.”
Accepting that, mother asked another question: “Who is this mean-looking man in the front?” Her daughter answered quickly and knowingly: “That’s Pontius, the Pilot.”
Looking at the picture even more closely, the mother said, “I see you have Mary and Joseph and the baby. But who is this large man sitting behind Mary?” “Can’t you tell?” the little girl asked, beginning to shake her head in disappointment. “That’s Round John Virgin.”
I’m sure most of you would not make the same mistakes as this little girl. You may feel know all there is to know about the Christmas story. I invite us all to approach this Christmas season as if it were our first.
What undiscovered gifts might still lie hidden under the Christ-tree of God’s marvelous self-revelation?
Perhaps you’ll stop long enough in all the busyness and mayhem to become familiar with the story in a new way. And perhaps, as you grow in your appreciation of how God came to us, and why God came for us, any uncertainty, anxiety, and worry that you have will fade away as you come to trust in the One who was given to us on the day so long ago. May we come to fully appreciate the gift that was given to us in Jesus this Christmas season as we seek to look at his birth as if it was for the first time.