Excitement

Written by cycleguy on December 8th, 2017

 

Perhaps you have heard the story about the little girl who came home from Sunday School triumphantly waving a paper. “Mommy!” she said. “My teacher says I drew the most unusual Christmas picture she has ever seen!”

The mother studied the picture for a moment and concluded it was indeed a very peculiar Christmas picture. “This is wonderfully drawn, but why have you made all these people riding on the back of an airplane?” the mother gently asked.

“It’s the flight into Egypt,” the little girl said, with a hint of disappointment that the picture’s meaning was not immediately obvious.

“Oh,” the mother said cautiously. “Well, who is this mean-looking man at the front?”

“That’s Pontius, the Pilot,” the girl said, now visibly impatient.

“I see. And here you have Mary and Joseph and the baby,” the mother volunteered. Studying the picture silently for a moment, she summoned the courage to ask, “But who is this fat man sitting behind Mary?”

The little girl sighed. “Can’t you tell? That’s Round John Virgin!”

We laugh, but the sad truth is that little girl’s mixed-up perspective of Christmas is not really a whole lot more muddled than what the average person carries around. In fact, many are so jaded they don’t even want to hear the Christmas story anymore. Look at the faces of many of the people walking around the stores. Many of them are haggard-looking, definitely not all that thrilled about Christmas.

When did we lose the excitement of Christmas? At what age did it become so “old” to us? Well…something excited the prophets! Something excited the shepherds! Something excited the angels! That very same something should excite us also. My sermon this Sunday is about that…Familiarity Breeds Excitement. And as you might be able to piece together it is about the prophets and the angels and the shepherds. And hopefully…me.

 

3 Comments so far ↓

  1. I loved that story, Bill, and your comparing it to the confusion so many feel at Christmas is perfect. Yes, we should all be excited at this time of year. I know I am! Christmas definitely brings out the child in me.
    Blessings and prayers for Sunday’s sermon!

  2. floyd says:

    I’m with you, Bill. I was at the store yesterday and the dejected and angry faces abound.

    Praying for God’s outpouring of His spirit and the open hearts of the masses.

  3. Ed says:

    I’ve managed to avoid the long lines this year, but only because I’ve been traveling.
    I think that if we focus more on what a blessing it is to be able to reach the truly needy as a community of believers, instead of buying our families something that is always readily available, our cheerfulness will truly increase.

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