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Don't miss Christmas

Posted by Tim ::

I just finished up a series of messages at Stonebrook entitled "Don't Miss the Christ of Christmas" (only 2 are posted at the time of this blog... they are at the bottom of the list). I think you would be inspired by them if you give any of the 3 a listen.
One thing I didn't talk about is the tendency to miss the Christ of Christmas because of all the customs that have been brought into the Christmas celebration. I found this poem to capture one of the primary distractions. Enjoy and live differently.

'T'was the night before Christmas
and all through the town
Not a sign of Baby Jesus
was anywhere to be found

The people were all busy
with Christmas time chores
Like decorating, and baking,
and shopping in stores.

No one sang "Away in a manger,
no crib for a bed".
Instead, they sang of Santa
dressed-up in bright red.

Mama watched Martha Stewart,
Papa drank beer from a tap.
As hour upon hour
the presents they'd wrap

When what from the T.V.
did they suddenly hear?
'Cept an ad.. which told
of a big sale at Sears.

So away to the mall
they all flew like a flash...
Buying things on credit...
and others with cash!

And, as they made their way home
From their trip to the mall,
Did they think about Jesus?
Oh, no... not at all.

Their lives were so busy
with their Christmas time things
No time to remember
Christ Jesus, the King.

There were presents to wrap
and cookies to bake.
How could they stop and remember
who was born for their sake?

To pray to the Savior...
they had no time to stop.
Because they needed more time
to "Shop til they dropped!"

On Wal-mart! On K-mart!
On Target! On Penney's!
On Hallmark! On Zales!
A quick lunch at Denny's

From the big stores downtown
to the stores at the mall
They would dash away, dash away,
and visit them all!

And up on the roof,
there arose such a clatter
As grandpa hung icicle lights
up on his brand new step ladder.

He hung lights that would flash.
He hung lights that would twirl.
Yet, he never once prayed to Jesus...
Light of the World.

Christ's eyes... how they twinkle!
Christ's Spirit... how merry!
Christ's love... how enormous!
All our burdens... He'll carry!

So instead of being busy,
overworked, and uptight
Let's put Christ back in
Christmas and enjoy
some good nights!

Merry Christmas, my friends!


Comments

I'm sure that was really a great poem/song/whatever, but I really don't have time to read it all, because I should be going to bed.Merry X-mas!!?

Posted by: Bob B at December 22, 2004 10:35 PM

Sure Bob. It's such a long read. *sigh*
You might want to stay up late and get in more reading time. It'll improve your speed and retention rates.
Hmmm... maybe a good New Year's resolution!

Posted by: tim at December 24, 2004 10:21 AM

You'll be glad to know that at least I read the whole thing. :)

Posted by: Christine at January 1, 2005 04:52 PM