One of my favorite short stories of all time is a Christmas story. Not THE Christmas story. But one that tells the Christmas story in a totally different light. In fact, it illustrates the whole idea of the Christmas spirit. I can remember reading it as a student in elementary school. The message stuck with me and it seems I invariably make my way back to it during this time of the year.
I love that last paragraph. It tells the crux of this short story in a nutshell. I used it as the conclusion to my sermon Sunday. I was trying to show what the Christmas Spirit was and have a hard time finding a better illustration.
In my last post, I asked if you had the time to study Luke 2: 1-38 and see what the 3 principles players did that showed the Christmas spirit. Both Daniel and Zee took a gander and came away as winners! (Three cheers for them)
Daniel said they acted out of selflessness and their love for God. His next comment hit the nail on the head: If we had a bit more of that type of spirit (or Spirit), perhaps the Christmas holiday would be an even grander and more lovely affair. Amen to that one Daniel!!
Zee stated “I think what unites them is that they all believed God – not simply in God, but they believed what He told them – even though it wasn’t an easy job.” Well said Zee! That was one of my thoughts, especially when it came to Simeon and Anna and Joseph and Mary.
I included the shepherds because they acted on the angel’s words and immediately left to find the new baby. They did what can be seen as illogical and unthinkable. They defied the rules of the religious and followed the words of the angel.
The Christmas Spirit is more than well-wishes to others. It is more than saying, “Merry Christmas” to a defiant clerk. It is more than patience in a mob-setting. It is more than giving presents (many of which the person doesn’t want or need). It is an attitude.
An attitude of selflessness and love.
An attitude of trusting God that He will keep His Word.
An attitude of surrender when you can’t/don’t see the future.
An attitude illustrated by James and Della, a willingness to give up what is most dear to you in order to give to another.
No wonder people are searching for the Christmas Spirit. It is not something that can be bought, borrowed or stolen. It is something to be given away. How about you? Any more thoughts? What will you do to share the Christmas spirit with someone else?