Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Rush

From Blog11
In the harried Christmas rush,
Buying presents by the score--
Let's go check just one more store!--
All at once we sense a hush.

We're drawn back two thousand years,
Out with shepherds (flocks by night).
Suddenly, angelic light
Holds out hope to quell our fears.

On beyond our hurried fun
Is the angel's holy voice.
There's a reason to rejoice
Though our shopping's never done.

It's about a single birth:
God has come to live as man.
All our presents never can
Match that holy baby's worth.

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, Who is Christ, the LORD."
--Luke 2:11

The illustration is one of the beautiful cards that my wife makes.


dfish said...

Why, if it's the Lord's birthday we are celebrating, why is the focus not on him or what he came for? He didn't come so we could get more stuff, but so we could be saved. Even those who want to keep Christ in Christmas seem to neglect this.

Jim Swindle said...

dfish, yes, it's hard to put celebrating the Lord ahead of all of the cultural aspects.

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

I was staying with my son Yudhie in Indonesia for three weeks from December 20 to January 7, the full Christmas season, and so had a very different experience of Christmas, no snow at all, but Christmas trees in public and private places, and even Muslims wishing us 'Selamat Natal!'

Sometimes we have to leave the 'Christian' world to really appreciate what the humanity of God in Christ really means. He came and He comes and He will come to establish everlasting peace, but each time in a different way.

God is love, without a doubt, and that love is made visible in Jesus Christ, and in us when we follow only Him, and only love like that can save a man, or the whole world.

Jim Swindle said...

Romanós, I'm glad you're back safely from your trip. I trust that it was a deep blessing to Yudhie.

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

Yes, it was, and a deep blessing to me as well. I am finding it difficult to recover from it. Now, this world is an even stranger place to me, because a son I love very much and who loves me as his dad cannot be together, at least not for a while. We hope he can visit America this year. May God grant our request and show us the way. He has led us safely so far. He is faithful. Everything will unfold according to His decrees.

Jim Swindle said...

Romanós, I pray that the Lord will continue strengthening you and Yudhie through each other. Yes, it's all according to his decrees.