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‘Twas The Nite Before Christmas

 

‘Twas the nite before Christmas and all thru the church…

Rang the age-old question, “Should we celebrate Christ’s birth?”

“To decorate or not decorate…” the familiar refrain.

Do we share the tradition or should we restrain?

‘Tis true that His birth date to us is unclear.

And December’s for sure the wrong time of year.

Is Christmas pagan? Does it sound an alarm?

If I participate do I really cause harm?

Does God define “Christian,” something like this,

A baptized believer who doesn’t give gifts?

 

When Jeremiah spoke against the decorated, cut tree,

He had in mind the sin of idolatry (Jeremiah 10:2ff).

I have only bowed down near our Christmas tree

To pick up a present addressed to me.

Peter called Christians “peculiar” in the KJV.

Well, rejecting Christmas, is surely odd, seems to me!

But what Peter actually was talking about,

Is that Christians belong to God no doubt.

 

Yes the word “Christmas” comes, in part, from the term “mass.”

But words can’t be limited to their meaning in the past.

Did you know that to us the words “Wednesday” and “Thursday,”

From the ancient gods, Woden and Thor, found their way.

Many words derive from roots of old,

Which no longer the true meanings hold.

This is my point that really is true…

What is the meaning of Christmas to you?

 

The angels sang praises and announced our Lord’s birth.

The shepherds and wise men acknowledged His worth.

No…the Bible doesn’t give orders about Christmas.

But should we ignore what angels, shepherds and wise men teach us?

Our Lord healed ten lepers and required nothing more.

But when one returned praises, His spirit did soar.

Are we so locked in that there’s no place any more

For impulsive, out-breaking praise of our Lord?

 

Yes, we honor His life, death and resurrection.

But none of these come without the Bethlehem connection.

And yes, I can honor His birth every day of the year,

Does that mean I can’t hold December 25th dear?

If many of my friends think of Jesus this season,

Must I be compelled to find fault with their reason?

Could I not find some common ground with them here at year’s end

That might, please God, help them find their place with Him?

I have searched and find no compelling reason

To isolate myself from others this joyous season.

 

So, I exclaim, because I think it right,

Merry Christmas to all…and to all a good night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 thoughts on “‘Twas The Nite Before Christmas

  1. John Brooks on said:

    Doug,
    I love it…did you write it or get it from some other source?

    BRUDDA JOHN,
    I MUST HUMBLY CONFESS…
    I WROTE IT…OH YES!
    I PLAN TO PHONE YOU…NEXT DAY OR TWO
    TO CHECK ON ALL YOURS AND ON YOU.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  2. Amen, Doug. We read and commented on the birth of Jesus in the assembly yesterday and sang carols throughout. If we lisen carefully to those songs, the gospel is there for all to hear. God came into this world to save us from our sins.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    GEORGE,
    SOMEHOW YOUR COMMENT ON THIS POST GOT LISTED AS SPAM. I JUST NOW CAUGHT IT. I’M SORRY ABOUT THAT.
    I AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT CHRISTMAS AND I’M GLAD YOU ALL HAD AN INSPIRING TIME THINKING ABOUT THE BIRTH ABOVE ALL OTHERS WHICH HAS GIVEN US THE POWER TO BELIEVE AND TO TRY AND TO HOPE WHEN ALL OTHER REASONS ARE GONE. GOD BLESS YOU, GEORGE.

  3. You know I remember where we tried so hard not to believe, like the world did, about Christmas being about Jesus Birth. All I know now is that Jesus was born to and for the world and I like the part of Christmas that is Giving, Sharing with people who have helped us in different ways thru the year and those who have not. I like sharing with my Family and my Friends. I want to celebrate Christmas where God has showed us the principles of Loving, Giving, Helping, Sharing with our fellowmen.

    Christmas is just like God’s Heart and what he has done for his creation, Loving, Giving us Jesus, Helping and Sharing and this ain’t even the real depth of what I am trying to say about Our Father.

    It is good for my Heart and Soul – Christmas.

    And I will never quit saying Merry Christmas ever. There are people who frown on this. Not me. Not ever.

    I WON’T FROWN ON SUCH A PRACTICE EITHER. I CAN’T IMAGINE OUR LORD BEING UPSET WITH US FOR HONORING HIS BIRTH JUST BECAUSE WE WANT TO. WE WOULD BE WRONG IF WE TRIED TO FORCE THE CELEBRATION ON OTHERS. BUT THEY WOULD BE WRONG TO CHARGE US WITH SOME KIND OF EVIL, WOULDN’T THEY? SO, ENJOY JESUS, SIS. I KNOW HE CHERISHES YOU.

  4. Holy fig newtons, batman! That was freakin’ awesome (excuse my euphemism)! I’ve always enjoyed your writing ol’ man…but that was pretty inspired writing right there. Eloquently stated and well argued. I’m sold (even though I didn’t really need selling). Love you, dad.

    THANKS, SON. I KNOW YOU DIDN’T NEED SELLING. YOU HAVE THE KIND OF HEART THAT LOOKS FOR COMMON GROUND AMONG PEOPLE IN ORDER TO MEET AND BEGIN DISCUSSIONS IN HOPES OF SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENING FOR JESUS. I NO LONGER WISH TO BE ONE OF THOSE WHO SOMEHOW VIEWS DOCTRINAL PURITY PLUS NOTHING AS A MORE ADVANTAGEOUS POSITION THAN ZEAL FOR GOD’S CAUSE MIXED WITH SOME DOCTRINAL ERRORS. I DO WANT TO BE RIGHT FOR HIS SAKE…BUT I BELIEVE THAT BEING RIGHT INVOLVES WAY MORE THAN INTELLECTUAL CONVICTIONS. AND, I JUST DON’T WANT TO BE THE JUDGE ANYMORE. I LOVE YOU, SON.

  5. Excellent post Doug … I really like your thinking. Hope your CHRISTmas is great!!!

    THANK YOU, PAIGE. GOD BLESS YOU DURING THIS WHOLE HOLIDAY SEASON. HURRY BACK AND WRITE SOME MORE! I MISS READING YOUR HEART.

  6. Very very true…and very very good! Merry merry Christmas!!!

    MY CHRISTMAS WAS VERY, VERY GOOD. HOPE YOURS WAS ALSO, SHERRY. AND MAY THIS NEW YEAR FIND YOU REFLECTING HIS IMAGE AND HIS LOVE EVEN MORE. MAY HE PROTECT YOUR HEART AND YOUR FAMILY. AND MAY HE BLESS THE WORK, THE WORSHIP, THE FELLOWSHIP AND THE INFLUENCE OF THE OPEN ASSEMBLY.

  7. Wow – I like it—cause it’s about HIM!

    THANKS, NANCY. I AGREE THAT IT IS ABOUT HIM. CAN THAT REALLY BE BAD? HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  8. Nancy Collins on said:

    It’s a little late to be checking out this blog…HOWEVER! I plan on printing this, filing it and using it…
    In case I CAN”T FIND IT….keep this on hand!
    We love you and Vicki!

  9. Mark Williams on said:

    Doug,

    Thanks for the post. It has always been amazing to me that it is o.k. for Christians to talk about the birth of Christ for 11 months and then all of sudden keep quiet during December for fear of being like the world.

    The exact opposite should be the case, we should hold up Jesus even more when the world is looking and then maybe they would understand him and believe in him like we do.

    Thanks again.

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