What does Christmas mean to you? Have you ever stopped to think about this? Is it parties, decoration, music, and fun or is it something more disheartening to you?
Norman Vincent Peale said, “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
In contrast, Ebeneezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, says, “If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!” (Fortunately he changes this view significantly before the end of the book.)
I suspect most of us find ourselves somewhere between these two extremes. Everything is not Christmas-card-scenery perfect, nor is it as terrible as Scrooge’s early views. There is some of both in this world in which we live.
Today we are going to consider what Christmas meant to the shepherds, and as we do, I think you will also find anew what Christmas can mean to you.
Let’s walk together to a shepherd’s field outside of Bethlehem and gain a new perspective on what Christmas can mean to you.
Carol and I would like to wish each one of you a very Merry Christmas. May God richly bless you.