Classic and contemporary excerpts.
God, A Child!
Who would have had sufficient daring of imagination to conceive that God Almighty would have appeared among men as a little child? We should have conceived something sensational, phenomenal, catastrophic, appalling! The most awful of the natural elements would have formed His retinue, and men would be chilled and frozen with fear. But He came as a little child. The great God “emptied Himself”; He let in the light as our eyes were able to bear it.
—John Henry Jowett in
My Daily Meditation
Down Heaven’S Staircase
Christmas is when God came down the stairs of heaven with a baby in His arms.
—R. Eugene Sterner in
Vital Christianity (Dec. 14, 1975)
The World’S Greatest Hope
Have we … reduced the stable scene to some cutesy little scenario that has no meaning left in it at all? Have we lost the sense of awe that there, in that stable, God became man?
What can be the point of Christmas if it is here today and gone tomorrow? For all our celebrations this time of year, why do so many fail to recognize Christmas’s Lord?…
The fact remains that our world never comes as close to being in contact with its greatest hope as it does at Christmas.
—Rick Mylander in the Covenant
Companion (Dec. 1988)
Heart, Not Box
Christmas is the gift from heaven
Of God’s Son given for free;
If Christmas isn’t found in your heart,
You won’t find it under the tree.
—Charlotte Carpenter in Herald
of Holiness (Dec. 15, 1982)
Christmas Without Santa
I’m not sure anyone can experience what Christmas really means without confronting that sense of lost innocence and the potential for disillusionment the holiday can bring.
Only after we truly face up to Christmas without Santa can we as adults begin to grapple with what Christmas is all ...1
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