KEEPING CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY
What if Christmas never happened?
What if the angels never sang their song?
What if the Shepherds never ran to the manger?
What if there had never been a star for the Magi to follow?
What if Mary never pondered the things she saw and heard?
Then there would be no joyful Christmas carols.
There would be no Christmas trees, no happy exchange of presents.
There would be no joyful Christmas Eve Candle Light Worship Services.
We would have no "Silent Night", or "Joy to the World", or "Away in a Manger".
There would be no mitten trees, or toys gathered for the children.
Then there would be no light in our darkness.
There would be no Jesus walking and talking with us.
There would be no New Testament with all the stories, and miracles, and parables.
And if Christmas never happened there would be no Easter.
There would be no empty tomb.
There would be no forgiveness.
There would be no apostles spreading
the Good News throughout the world.
There would be no churches.
We would not be a congregation
gathered together to love and support one another.
All this is certainly reason enough
to keep Christmas in our hearts and in our lives every day.
And so we celebrate Christmas
with all its color and joy, magic and wonder,
its spirit of goodwill and warmth.
What it means to us
depends on what we bring to it,
not in gifts and outer display, but in the inner offerings
of love and faith which abide in our hearts
May the love, faith, joy, and wonder of Christmas
abide in your heart each day.
Every day is Christmas.
Every day is Easter.