“City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style …” ‘Tis the season to have a holly jolly Christmas as we contemplate the fact that Santa Clause is coming to town. Yet, even as children are tucked in their beds with the proverbial dancing sugar plums, the minds of many turn back to that Holy Night in the little town of Bethlehem when Christ the Savior was born.
There may be no other time of year, including the Easter holidays (which may be even more important), when the minds of so many in the general public turn to thoughts of Jesus and good will among men. The opportunities for theological discussions must surely increase as religious and secular cultural streams blend in the well-lighted and pine scented atmosphere. Into this winter wonderland walks the Minister, Pastor, Evangelist, Theologian, and Educator … each one doing the work of apologetics, looking for the opportunity to defend and dispense the only real gift that matters – Christ.
Therefore Brothers and sisters, let us take the time as we stand elbow to elbow with other shoppers, or work among our congregants to have a successful coat giveaway (well, just where ever you might find yourself) to use that time to help refocus others, and yes ourselves too, to see the true objective beauty around us in this marshmallow world. See the wonder and joy on the faces of children as they grow more excited as the days pass. See the man shopping with his wife and carrying her bags under both arms, but smiling and laughing. See the tender-hearted grandmother that makes cookies and fruitcake for the shut in next door.
See the child of the older couple at the back of the auditorium, the one that only makes appearance once – maybe twice – a year. See a soul that might be closer to their God than any other time. Get back there; shake that hand! They may be coming to church for Mama and Daddy, or they may be coming to church because it’s a “special” day, but let us not lose the opportunity to remind anyone and everyone what really makes the day, everyday, special.
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29, NKJV)
God rest ye merry gentlemen.