Where’s the Christmas story?

Every once and awhile I have the urge to rant about something.  Usually I successfully suppress the urge but today I plan to indulge myself a little.  Have you noticed that it seems to be a long time since you heard a Christmas message, either on Christmas day, or during advent season, on the actual Christmas story?  My kids don’t remember hearing the story taught.  It seems ministers prefer preaching on obscure texts in the minor prophets, or perhaps the genealogy of Jesus found in Matthew 1.  These topics are all legitimate and good, but where is the story of Christmas to be found? ….the actual event of the Lord Jesus’  humble birth, the shepherds visit, the angels singing, the wise men seeking…..  It seems to me we have lost the gift of narrative.  I remember as a child the story told so clearly, so well, I could see it in my mind’s eye, and experience the wonder of it all. …. God sending His son to this dark world, in such difficult circumstances, born in a stable to poor parents….  Perhaps our pastors think we’ve heard it all before…. but our children haven’t, and we certainly could stand to see the wonder of Christ’s birth, especially in light of all the material “wonders” being foisted on us from every angle.  So please, pastors and ministers, don’t keep the beauty and glory of that special day hidden by dry explanations, and obscure biblical references.  Tell HIS story!

Advertisements

About Lora

I am a 40 something wife to my patient and talented husband Scott, Mom to my five children (from toddler to teen) and oldest sister to eight siblings. I am interested in too many things, love to read everything around me, and have developed a strong interest in design and renovation along with my husband. I am conservative, Christian, and by the grace of God, trying to find His way through the ups and downs of my life.
This entry was posted in faith. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Where’s the Christmas story?

  1. coletrain77 says:

    ut oh, now you are opening a can of worms…. I expect to see lots of caveats in the next couple of days… 🙂 but i do see your point. nic

  2. Andrea says:

    I agree! And while telling the story, don’t act like we all know it. (example: “Well, we all know what happens next. The shepherds were afraid, etc”). Tell it like it’s the first time we’ve ever heard it. Fill us with anticipation! In other words, I agree with you Lora. Hopefully this Christmas will be different.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s