All folks everywhere, the small and the tall,
….Have been given a summons, given a call
To come out of darkness and deadness of soul
….And enter His brightness and a life that is whole.
As we forsake the former and acquire the new,
….A destiny is waiting for me and for you.
A life full of purpose and full of pizzazz
….Is this sublimest of gifts, the best that God has.
So why would we tarry? And why would we run?
….Why not embrace the gift of His Son?
See, sin is a slavemaster. Sin is a pain.
….Holding to sin leaves us nothing to gain.
But that’s what sin is – forsaking God’s glory.
….We exchange Him for “self” and tell our own story
Of how great life is without all His meddling,
….Sampling the options that our world is peddling.
Our lot is so sad if He’d leave us to that.
….We might as well quit and lay ourselves flat
With our hands folded neatly holding a lily.
….When you’re spiritually dead, who cares to look silly?
But into the muck of human despair,
….The Father sent us His Son, His divine heir
Of all His glory, majesty, love:
….The Word of the Father sent from above.
From heaven to cradle, and cradle to live
….A life among mortals in order to give
Us hope beyond hope. And then on that tree
….Paid off our sin debt and from sin set us free.
And then even facing down death in this duel,
….Immanuel arose forever to rule
Over all of creation; He is now king,
….Over heaven and earth – over everything.
Now tell me again… why we spend all our love
….On things that perish, that don’t come from above?
Is the fact that He loves us such a small thing
….That we don’t mean the words to the songs that we sing?
That we live out our lives however we choose?
….That it does not matter the joy that we lose?
That the point of Christmas is commercialization,
….And of the hope found in Christ we’ve no realization?
Let us instead take the hope that He’s sent,
….Before all of the time of His invite we’ve spent.
And let us discern that the way to God’s heart,
….Is to receive Jesus as Lord and make a new start.
Becoming His child is what it’s about;
….Being made new from within to without.
Placing your trust in Jesus alone,
….And knowing you have a heavenly home.
As long as we’re keeping it straight in our heads,
….And aren’t quick to forget it when asleep in our beds,
I do not mind saying that Christmas is great,
….And that the fun that we have is something first rate.
But let’s remember it’s a time to bow down
….And give Jesus all glory and give Him the crown
Of all of our love and tender emotion.
….To Him let us give our earnest devotion.
Let’s turn our eyes to Bethlehem’s light,
….Away from the darkness and away from the night.
Let’s open our hearts to the hope He can give
….And turn from stubborn self in order to live
With all of the purpose a child of the King
….Can know. Then to our lives He will bring
All of heaven’s great glory which only is known
….In a life that is sown up with the Son of God’s own.
Though we wrap up our presents, put them under the tree,
….Feelings of hope, joy, and peace overflow within me.
May your heart also know Immanuel’s light,
….Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
“…An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a Son. And he called His name Jesus” (Matthew 1:20-25 ESV, see also Isaiah 7:14).
(Thom Mollohan and his family have ministered in southern Ohio the past 21 years. He is the author of The Fairy Tale Parables, Crimson Harvest, and A Heart at Home with God. He blogs at “unfurledsails.wordpress.com”. Pastor Thom leads Pathway Community Church and may be reached for comments or questions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.)