November 28m 2016

I’ve been thinking about how sometimes it doesn’t feel like Christmas…and I wonder why?

Maybe it’s because we know the story too well.
Maybe it’s because we don’t know the story too well.
Maybe it’s because we get caught up in the hub-bub of the season.
Maybe it’s because we look past the anticipation and go straight to the manger.

I don’t really know the reason that Christmas seems so distant except to say that maybe people are like me and we don’t slow down and look back enough.  There is something about looking back for the purpose of moving ahead.

Winston Churchill said:

, “The farther backward you look, the further forward you are likely to see.” 

That spoke to me when I read it.  And I thought about peeking over into the manger and catching a glimpse of a future hope, peace, joy, and love.  In reality though, what began as the angels proclaimed it, are as among us as they were to those ancient people.  It’s as if Jesus never left. 

Easter explodes all around us every day and if we miss that…we might just miss what the angels proclaimed to be true.  “For a Savior is born to you, he is Christ the Lord!” (Luke 2:11)

Advent tells me that if we don’t look back and anticipate with fresh senses…our vision of the Christ might not lead us deeper into the Kingdom.

Just some thoughts going through my mind tonight.

Peace

Jim

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