Merry Christmas 2016

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I find it important to make sure to take time to focus on the reason for the season.  It is my conviction that celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ is that reason.  In 1965 Charles Schulz created an animated Christmas special called “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with Linus sharing an iconic soliloquy in which he explains to Charlie Brown “what Christmas is all about”.

The dialogue is as follows:

Charlie Brown: Isn’t there anyone, who knows what Christmas is all about?!

Linus: Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights please?

And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men.

That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

My prayer is that you enjoy a wonderful holiday season.  May God incarnate bless you with peace and joy all throughout 2017!

Thank you for participating with me in 2016.  I appreciate the feedback and encouragement I have received from many of you.  I am going to take next week off and will be back with new posts on January 9th, 2017.  See you online soon!

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