If you are old enough or nostalgic at all you may remember the rock group Chicago singing “I’ve Been Searching So Long.” That song included the lyrics “I’ve been searching so long to find an answer/Now I know my life has meaning.” Many thought (and were hoping) they had gone on a spiritual quest and found the answer they were looking for…and were hoping it was in Jesus. It appears such was not the case, but their lyrics were haunting. People have been and will continue being on a search for meaning to life. Even the Beatles visited the Yogi & BooBoo in search of something. Jimi Hendrix was reported to have ended a concert with “If anyone here knows how I can find real peace, see me after the concert.” No one showed up and a few days later he was dead in his own vomit from an OD.
As you can tell by the banner, I am beginning a new sermon series this Sunday with the theme of “Searching for the Christmas Spirit.” We talk and hear a lot about “the Christmas spirit” but what exactly is it? It is almost seen as some elusive commodity that can be bought or sold or bartered for. Even Christ-followers have difficulty with putting a finger on it. My hope is to spend the month talking about “the Christmas spirit” and help everyone (including myself) to come away with an awareness of God’s plan for this celebration we call Christmas.
This Sunday I will be using Luke 2:1-38 for my Scripture. I have no doubt you are familiar with that Scripture. Within that passage are several people who can show us what the Christmas spirit is and where to find it.
SIMEON AND ANNA
MARY AND JOSEPH
I am not going to write much more on this because I would like to leave you with a challenge (if you have the time). I plan to use Monday’s post to give the answers. If you were taking a pop quiz right now, how would answer this question: What do these people show us (as they are grouped together) what “the Christmas spirit” is and how to find it? I look forward to hearing your answers.
Some may put this in the category of TMI: I am having a medical procedure (yeah one of those things) Friday that might take me out of the loop for the day. Depends on how I come out of the anesthetic. This post serves a dual purpose- my daily Christmas post, as well as my sermon post. I will approve comments as I am “aware” of what I am doing. I would appreciate your prayers for the procedure and, of course, Sunday. Thanks ahead of time. Thanks to Ryan for the banner. And don’t forget to check out Sele here.