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Post  Admin on Mon 27 Dec 2010, 4:42 pm

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
The Christmas season is truly a complex cacophony of intermingling
ideologies, all sewn and tied together into the craziest of holiday quilts.
Christmas is, and always has been, a kind of lover's quarrel between truth and
fiction, designed to present both arguments in the best possible atmosphere
of coexisting celebration and merciful tolerance.
In the worldly sense, Christmastime is like a once-a-year commercial
message, splattered on the view screen of man's consciousness; a mega
distraction from the ongoing drama of human evolution and moral decay; a
colorfully
stereophonic, high def reminder that even Scrooge types and hopeless hard
heads have permission to experience the joy and catharsis of giving.
Year after year, the world dons its gay apparel, gaudily over-accessorizes
its otherwise functionally and tastefully appointed abode, and carries on
the time-honored practice of lying to its offspring about the existence of
Santa Claus.
Meanwhile, children suffer through the excruciating trauma of having to
wait for a moment in time when they can dive headlong into the serious
business of unwrapping packages and prowling through the mountains of
munchies
and goodies given them as a reward for having behaved in a civilized manner
since the last yuletide ritual of material and sensual overindulgence
reoccurred.
For many, Christmastime is like a too-long, run-on sentence that ends
somewhere in the middle of the first week in January, begins the day after
Halloween weekend in the form of TV commercialism gone ballistic, and is
officially kicked off with a blazing, theatrical parade of fictitious fairy tale
characters, marching, dancing, singing, floating and ballooning proudly
and loudly down the west side of Manhattan in a grotesque display of
spectacular eye candy and seductive, seasonal prophesy. For others though, this
two-month-long pain in the pocketbook is the exact opposite.
And riding the crest of this merrymaking tidal wave of mythical,
tinsel-tossing nostalgia is an obese actor, playing Santa Claus; a flashily frocked
figure of a man who lives in a God forsaken corner of the planet with his
wife, several Disney-type beings, and eight tiny reindeer, one of whom has a
glowing-red nose. Santa Claus, who can fly over tall buildings with the
crack of his whip; bend children's minds at the mere mention of his name, and
who, disguised as the Spirit of Christmas, and imitated by thousands of
pillow-packing bell ringers everywhere, launches himself annually into the
hearts and minds of all fairy tale fanciers from here to nirvana, and
beyond.
And in the middle of this frivolous fantasy of fun and frolic is the
humble image of perfect innocence embodied in the Christ child, lying in a
manger, accepting gifts from wise men, and amazed adoration from a small group
of star struck shepherds.
Year in and year out, the world redesigns this blessedly simple event,
making of its message an overproduced vision of opulent commercialism on
earth, and more bills to men.
The special effect of this yuletide season upon the collective mind of man
is a double-edged issue, confronting each of us with a choice of focus. We
all love or hate Christmas, or both, for different reasons. A realized
Christian views and celebrates the holidays as our heavenly Father's Holy
mustard seed of faith. We believe that faith seed was planted into the fabric
of man's imperfect calendar to grow through the infant Jesus into the
Messiah of all who embrace the risen Christ as Lord, Savior and Redeemer of their
physical and spiritual futures.
I tell you solemnly says Jesus, unless a wheat grain falls to the
ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a
rich harvest. Let us not forget to carefully remind our children that Jesus
is no longer a newborn child, lying helplessly in a manger, under the
guardianship of His earthly parents. Our Lord is no longer dying on His cross,
suffering through the final seconds of His divinely human ministry on
earth. Through the miraculous power of His Resurrection, Jesus is in heaven with
His and our Father, and we, who are His friends, brothers, sisters,
mothers and disciples must never lose sight of His and our perfect spiritual
maturity, living among us in the love and power of God's Holy Spirit.
Christmas is not a season or holiday so much as it is an ever-present
awareness of peace, love and joy- living and growing within the hearts and
minds of all those whose lives are not governed and controlled by calendars and
timepieces, but by the perfect clockwork of heaven's timelessness. The
Holy Spirit of Christmas is the one-day-at-a- time, good will discipline of
forgiveness and Fatherly correction, manifesting God's righteous will through
all that lives and relives in His universal plan of divine order and
natural and spiritual selection.
Christmas is, and should continue to be, a humbling reminder to mankind,
and to his children, that the time has come to put aside all else in order
to meditate on the miracle of God's Word made flesh through the virgin birth
of Jesus, Who is the Christ, the living and eternal Savior and Master of
all mankind and beyond.
Children know a good thing when they see one. Let us pray the Spirit of
Christmas will be forever celebrated and revered through the pure, unaffected
power of a child's holy innocence, and the perfect perception of an infants wondrous and wisdom-filled smile. For I tell you solemnly, unless you
change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of
heaven. (Jesus Christ)
May the pure happiness of God's Holy Spirit be yours this day, and every
day to come, and may you and yours celebrate the true Spirit of a Merry
Christmas for all time and eternity in the name and grace of our Lord, Savior
and Redeemer Jesus Christ.
Amen
John Christopher
DEC 1983
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