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December 28, 2014 - Leaving the Manger Differently Than When We Arrived - Luke 2:15-20

posted Dec 29, 2014, 8:29 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 6:45 AM ]
Picture of the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
  • No one ever gets to stay at Christmas.
  • The point of holidays or holy days is to help us live more faithfully in the ordinary days, which is mostly what we have.
  • Most of life is not spent in the dark valleys of crises or in the mountaintops of ecstasy.  Most of it is spent in the flat plains of ordinary.
  • When we are just riding out a long blank space in life, we become bored, easily distracted, or tempted to create something extraordinary on our own.  That usually leads to problems.  So we are most in need of divine help when we are handling the ordinary.
  • Real glory isn't the beautiful lights, music, and glad reunions of Christmas.  Real glory is seeing God with you in the ordinary, gray, blank days that follow Christmas.
  • Did your time at the manger help you glorify God as you now return to these routines?  Do you leave Christmas a bit different than you arrived?
  • If God is with us, the ordinary is holy.  So who knows what can happen?  And that is the secret of enjoying God.
Pastor Jim Spon | Luke 2:15-20