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As we grow older, Christmas becomes less magical. The holiday can actually become a sad day where loved ones who are gone are missed or opportunities wasted are remembered or hurtful words are said. Why even celebrate Christmas and how do we prepare for it in the preceding days? Decking the halls and baking cookies for a large guy in red isn't enough anymore.
Church this past Sunday began with, "Today we're going to talk about the virgin birth." I looked around with raised eyebrows and thought, "Really?" and slumped down in my chair, preparing for a light sermon.
However, I was startled with a quote given by Larry King. In an interview, when Larry King was asked who was the one person throughout history he'd like to interview he responded with Jesus. When prompted to share what he'd ask Jesus, Mr. King responded that he wanted to know whether or not the virgin birth actually happened. This was because all of Christianity and all of history, for that matter, hinges heavily on the answer to that question.
I'd never thought about it before, but Mr. King was right.
It's not the literal question, "Did the virgin birth happen?" that makes the difference, though. It's the far larger question lying underneath that changes hearts. Can God really do anything?
As a Christian, I quickly respond with a yes. Of course God can do anything. He's God! Do I honestly believe that, though? Do I live my life with that as my mantra? Unfortunately, it doesn't look that way.
I am hoping that advent will now become a season of trust. When counting down the days to December 25th, I want to spend more time knowing that He has a plan and everything will unfold properly in His time. I want to spend less time worrying about photographers for the wedding and my job and everything that goes along with that.
He withholds no good thing. He gave us His son.
If you think about it, this whole, "God can do anything" brings the magic back to Christmas. We can be joyful again. What's more special than our Lord and savior coming to earth so He could save us from our sin? I can't think of anything.
So, go celebrate! You are loved and the One who saved you is looking out for you. You can trust that He's got it all figured out.
Yeah, it is hard. Don't worry, I'm still trying to learn how to do it too.