Check out this devotional Jason Gray wrote for New Release Tuesday called “Me Too!” Taking Christmas Personally. Read the full article HERE
Michael Card—one of my heroes and one of the most biblically astute songwriters I know—once told me that when we start finishing the bible’s sentences for it, it’s time for us to get a new translation or otherwise mix things up a little. His point was that the bible, its’ characters, and the God they point to should surprise us, and that the moment we think we have it all figured out is probably the moment we’ve lost touch with the living mystery of it all.
Christmas is especially vulnerable to our familiarity with it. To complicate matters, there are cultural elements that muddy the waters and further conceal the holy mystery of it from us: the harried consumerism, the high expectations and disappointment that often follows, the pressure, the manger scene on one side of the lawn and Santa’s sleigh on the other. (I’m not knocking Santa—I think Jesus would approve of such a kindly man, though perhaps try to persuade him to abandon his penchant for keeping a list of who’s naughty and nice. It’s not good to hold that kind of information over people.)
Read the full article HERE