CHRISTMAS WONDER

I remember the great tragedy of childhood when I finally realized that my mom and dad were really Santa Claus. I was about nine years old and I was devastated. How could Christmas ever be the same? The mystery and wonder were sucked out of my little world. From the time I was nine until I was twenty one Christmas was not quite the same. How could Christmas be Christmas without Santa? That was all about to change for me suddenly. It happened just after my conversion, Christmas of 1973, that the wonder of Christmas invaded my world again. This time it wasn’t make believe. I saw for myself the mystery of the birth of God’s only Son. I was reading Christmas cards and seeing the Bible verses regarding the birth of Jesus. Suddenly my eyes were opened to what Christmas was all about; God Himself I become a man. John the Apostle said it like this in Jn.1:14, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth”. God had become a man! Unthinkable! A virgin had given birth to God’s only Son. Here is how Eugene Peterson describes this Christmas wonder.

“Wonder is the only adequate launching pad for exploring this fullness, this wholeness, of human life. Once a year, each Christmas, for a few days at least, we and millions of our neighbors turn aside from our preoccupations with life reduced to biology or economics or psychology and join together in a community of wonder. The wonder keeps us open-eyed, expectant, alive to life that is always more than we can account for, that always exceeds our calculations, that is always beyond anything we can make.Wonder is the only adequate launching pad for exploring this fullness, this wholeness, of human life. Once a year, each Christmas, for a few days at least, we and millions of our neighbors turn aside from our preoccupations with life reduced to biology or economics or psychology and join together in a community of wonder. The wonder keeps us open-eyed, expectant, alive to life that is always more than we can account for, that always exceeds our calculations, that is always beyond anything we can make.”

So have you lost the wonder of Christmas? You will not find it in the shopping mall or under the Christmas tree, this wonder can only be found at the manger, worshipping God’s only Son.

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