Monday Musings – December 16, 2013

Dear Friends,

Rick Warren has been making the talk show circuit promoting his new diet book.  He’s also talking in these interviews about how he and his wife are doing as they grieve the suicide death of their son earlier this year.

He was asked what Christmas will be like for his family. He didn’t really answer the question.  But I loved his answer.  I want to share it with you.  He pointed to the words of the angel in Luke chapter 2.

1) “For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior.”  Christmas is about salvation.  There is at the heart of Christmas a deeply spiritual meaning that is sadly lost to a great many but that needs to be front and center for every follower of Jesus.

2) “I bring you good news of great joy.”  Christian is about celebrating.  It is about enjoying life and having a great time with friends and family.  It’s Biblical!  So don’t get so spiritual this Christmas that you forget to celebrate.

3) “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among all with whom God is pleased.”  Christmas is about reconciliation.  It is about peacemaking.  There is no better time to reach out to that person from whom you feel estranged and to do all in your power to heal that broken relationship.

Sounds to me like the outline of a sermon Rick Warren has preached!  Must have been a great sermon.  It helps me and I hope it helps you to put things in perspective in these crazy but wonderful days as we approach December 25.

In Christ,

John