The Christmas Reality

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Okay, here’s the thing – I have an issue with the whole “Christmas Story” phrase.  Now before you become annoyed with me I need to say that I have used that phrase thousands of times before but this year I can’t do it. Every time I start to say it the “story” part feels wrong.  Every time I hear the word “story” I think made up, not true, fictional, bits of truth mixed with pieces of not true. So then I started to wonder – am I the only one that thinks this?  So I asked around, “When I say the word ‘story’ to you, what do you think? Truth or made up?”  I got a good mix of “made up” and “truth”, so then I asked this question: Do you think when an unbeliever hears the phrase “the Christmas Story” they are led to believe it is truth or made up?  Hands down every reply was the same – Made up.

This concerns me! Actually more than that – it makes my heart ache and wonder what message are we sending to those that really don’t know anything about Jesus aside from what they hear us – followers of Christ – Believers say.  I mean if I say to someone, “Hey, have you heard the Christmas story?”  I am sure the majority of people would say yes! Angels, a virgin, a baby, a manger, animals, shepherds and wise men, and gifts – great story!

This, people, is NOT A STORY! This is REALITY!  It really, really did happen!  This reality is included in the Bible, in Gods Word.  It is truth not fiction.

Using the word story implies that something within is made up, not true.  There is nothing about Jesus that is not true.  He is real.  He came as a baby, was born to a young woman that, yes, was a virgin, angels did indeed sing and tell of His birth and shepherds and Wise Men traveled to see Him and bring Him gifts because He was indeed the Savior, yes – the Messiah, the Lord!

This Christmas is the Christmas I start dropping the “story” part of that phrase and just start saying, “Let me tell you about Christmas!  Let me share with you the reality of this beautiful time of year.  Let me share with you what happened so many years ago in Bethlehem that is part of my history and can be part of yours.  Let me share some Christmas History with you.  Let me share truth with you.”

End of story.

This is reality, people!

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.  She gave birth to her first child, a son.  She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.  That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.  Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them.  They were terrified, but the angel reassured them.  “Don’t be afraid!” he said, “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.  The Savior – yes the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!  And you will recognize Him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”  Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others – the armies of heaven – praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”  Luke 2:6-14

About joymsteed

"This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:4 I love this verse but the problem is I, more often than not, spend so much time rushing through the day that I don't think I really embrace what God is telling me through this verse. So, I am deciding to stand still or at least go slow and enjoy the days and the blessings that come, all of them; the ordinary and the extraordinary, the hard and the good, catching the moments wrapped up in each and giving thanks for the journey I am on. I am blessed to venture forward with my husband of 20 years and our two daughters, life has been hard and good and taken us places we never imagined we would go - both standing still and moving. God has been good and now as we enter a new stage, that point where our family road begins to have forks that are leading our girls to begin chapters in their stories that are separate from our story and although this excites me it also makes me wonder what's next for this mom, where do I go from here and what will this next chapter look like for me? I don't have the answers yet, what I do know though is that God is good and I know that He is going to lead and I will obediently follow, leaning in, standing still and rejoicing in the days ahead, the good and the hard days, the ordinary and the extraordinary days and the blessings wrapped in each. Thanks for stopping by and joining in my journey!

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