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For These Days

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

        Luke 2:13 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.

        In the Ozark Mountains there is an old legend that at midnight on Christmas Eve the cattle kneel in adoration of the Savior, who came into their stable many years ago. A part of the legend, however, is that they will not kneel if any human being is watching. This makes the story safe from prying, scientific eyes. We shall never be able to prove or disprove it by the evidence of our senses. That is the way Christmas is, an intimate, ultimate thing, which is ever beyond the eyes of our proud minds.

        It seems to me that there are really two Christmases, one, which we have made, and one, which God has made. There is the Christmas that we see on Every Street – Jingle Bells, lights on trees and houses, reindeer on rooftops, jolly old Santa Claus, and more toys than we’ve ever seen. This is not all bad, but it’s not the real Christmas. The real Christmas is seen in the Advent Wreath, the manger scene, the singing of Christmas carols, Luke 2, the Nicene Creed with its mystery eternally begotten of the Father, …true God from true God, and a child destined to know more poverty and sorrow than anyone ever.

        We don’t understand all that Christmas means. Only the cattle know if they really kneel to the Savior at midnight, and only we ourselves, in our hearts, can know when we are kneeling at the manger. My prayer is that we will be drawn closer to the real Christmas as the Savior beckons us to see with hearts of love.

        How has this Advent Season differed from others?