Editor’s Letter

December 2017 - Editor's Letter
by Lori Hatcher

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December 2017 - Editor's Letter

My childhood Christmases were about as pagan as they come. Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, stockings, a tree, and presents – and presents were the most important part of all. The baby Jesus got a nod in the family nativity, but mostly we were thankful he’d been born so we could celebrate his birthday – with presents. And did I mention presents?

When I became a believer, Christmas changed. I remember sitting in my first Christmas Eve service after I decided to follow Christ. The thought of the Creator of the universe leaving the throne room of heaven and submitting himself to the indignity of humanity overwhelmed me. Almighty God entrusting himself to the womb of a teenage virgin? Preposterous. The all-powerful Savior limiting himself to the clumsy development of a toddler? Unimaginable. The Good Shepherd allowing a human mother and father to feed, care for, and protect him? Absurd.

The sacred overshadowed the secular with such holy brilliance that I didn’t know what to do. Throw out every tradition that didn’t have a Bible verse attached to it? Blend the sacred with the secular? Stop celebrating Christmas at all? After all, everyone knows Jesus couldn’t have been born in December, because the shepherds wouldn’t have been in the fields in the dead of winter.

Why did Christ die for you?   www.whyhedied.org

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