Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
2022 Blog #3
January 17, 2022
Last Friday I spent time de-decorating my home of Christmas decorations. Since I can remember I have always enjoyed Christmas decorations. Winter nights are lit with beautiful lights, Christmas music plays and there is a better spirit among people, waiting for the joy of Christmas. Even secular people who have no interest in Jesus somehow become a part of this “Christmas Spirit.”
Alas, the Christmas season leaves us and the decorations are stored away for another year. I always feel badly when that happens and wonder why we can’t keep Christmas all year long. If I did, however, I would be trying to keep Jesus as a little baby and missing out on the words of life that Jesus, the man, instructed us. The little baby gives us a feeling of joy but it is the man Jesus who tells us what we need to know. What did he tell us?
We are special. God knows us and watches out for us.
Be humble before God.
Treat others as you wish to be treated.
Pray for the blessings of our enemies.
We cannot be right with God if we are estranged from our brothers and sisters.
We need to share what we have with those who have less.
All of us are less than perfect and need to strive for improvement.
God will judge us by the same standard that we judge others.
I would not have heard these words if I only saw Jesus as a little baby. There is more to following Christ than Christmas. As much as we adore Christmas celebrations, each of us need to move on each year and hear what adult Jesus tells us. If not, can we ever know the joy and peace that Jesus can give?
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