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Christmas Perspective

Posted by jon on December 26, 2009 in but seriously..., family and friends |

The Christmas gift was a tradition begun by the early church as a way to help those who needed it. So the natural progression of course over the last 1500 years is the cluster of “I, Me, My” that Christmas has turned into now. How did we go from feeding those with no food to the mountain of over indulgence?

greenwreathOf course, for the sake of full disclosure, I am not one to abstain from much of the Christmas gluttony, but I think its important to keep a little perspective. This week I read one of the most well known verses in the Christian tradition, and I think I may have put it in its true context for the first time. Thanks to Tim Tebow most everyone knows Philippians 4.13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” But when you pull back and read all of Phil 4 you see Paul is not describing the ability to perform superhuman works.

Paul was thanking the church for their help to him in troubled times, and he assured them that he had had times of great need and time of abundance, but in either Paul knew that Christ would carry him through. Likewise, we should be more reliant on Christ’s prevision and less on our own plans and schemes.

At Christmas, as I sit in the middle of a tower of wrapping paper and watch Cee play with more toys than she knows what to do with (secretly waiting for her to go to bed so I can play with my new toys), I am reminded that my family is richly blessed, and that in all things we will be preserved by the hand of Christ, and we will honor Him for that. God is everywhere.

 

PS. After writing this it came to pass that Aiden Hardeman was still born early Christmas morning. Daniel and Nikki, the Odd Kouple, have been in many of our prayer for months now. We all knew the prognosis, but as I read the message about Aiden I couldn’t help but break for my friends. While the pain had to be great they are the embodiment of this passage. Though their pain has been all too bitter they have glorified God through their struggle, and have been thankful for God’s mercies. They have live what it means to do all things through Christ. Please pray for my friends.

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