Pastor’s Manna: We All Declare the Glory of God
I love the advent season, there is truly something holy happening as the city, businesses, and homeowners decorate their homes to get ready for Christmas. It reminds me of the beginning of Psalm 19:
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
What we see happening, every year, is that people all throughout the city come together and decorate to celebrate… The birth of a Savior! Even those who do not profess Christ as their own Savior, they still get caught up in the “Holiday” celebration..
Much discussion has been had about whether to refer to this time of year as the Christmas season, a holiday season, or a winter celebration.
It has caused some handwringing among those who believe, resulting in statements like Keep Christ in Christmas, Remember the Holy Day in the Holiday, and ‘ Tis The Reason for the Season.’
I think we miss the mark sometimes when we go with this line of thinking. Every decoration that is out there, is because Christians began celebrating the Birth of their savior on December 25 th . While we sort of took over a previous winter holiday,, very few people now – a – days put up lights on their house to celebrate anything other than Christmas,, no matter what they call it.
God’s message gets through,, even to those who don’t want to proclaim it. As you drive around this Christmas season, I challenge you to look at what decorations are out there, and just see if they don’t point to the greatest gift of all,, just as the angels proclaimed:
Born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord! (Luke 2::11)