Reflections on Christmas

Some of my favorite stories/thoughts on the season:

  • The carol reads: “O come let us adore Him” not “O come let us ignore Him.”
  • The pastor and his wife had bundled their kids into the car for the trip to church for the annual Christmas Eve candlelight service. The youngest of the bunch piped up from the back seat: “Hey, Dad, are you going to let us enjoy this Christmas or are you going to try to explain it to everybody?”
  • From a song recorded by Point of Grace: “We’re alive, we can breathe, but do we really care for this world in need? So close your eyes and share the dream. Let everyone on earth believe. The Child was born, the stars shone bright, and love came down at Christmas time. So let your voices fill the air. Everyone, watch and pray that the sun will shine on a brighter day. Join your hands, lift them high for this gift of life; for love came down at Christmas time.”
  • Willa Cather’s “The Burglar’s Christmas” is a story about a young man who left home much like the prodigal son in Luke 15. Leaving his family behind back east, he winds up in Chicago without a job or friends. Things go from bad to worse as he finally resorts to breaking into a house to find some food on Christmas Eve. He is caught in the act by the home owners, his parents. They had moved to Chicago when they lost all trace of him. His mother weeps as he begins to confess the mess he has made of his life. Turning to flee the house, his parents beg him to stay so he can start over. He pauses and looks at them, “I wonder if you know how much you have to pardon.” His mother responds, “O son, much or little, what does it matter? Have you wandered so far and paid such a bitter price for knowledge and not yet learned that love has nothing to do with pardon and forgiveness, that it only loves, and loves, and loves?”
  • December seems to be the busiest month for plastic surgeons. A report in mentions December as the busiest month for many plastic surgeons, with some of them performing almost double the number of procedures on any given day during December. Some suggest that plastic surgery makes the perfect Christmas gift. Try that out on a loved one: “You need to get a lift or a tuck. Merry Christmas!”

Your night may not be silent. Hoping for calm may be a pipe dream. But I hope you will experience the joy and wonder of God’s gift. Open your Bible and find a quiet place, if but just for a few minutes. Read Luke or Matthew or John or Isaiah and give thanks for your Savior.

Merry Christ-mas!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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