Thursday, December 13, 2012

ADVENT 2012 (Thursday, December 13, 2012)

The Spell of Christmas
Thursday, December 13, 2012
By Charles Roth
     Let us take a few moments to enter into the spell of Christmas. Make a mental picture of a rolling countryside in a land called Judea. It is night, and shepherds sit around a fire. Suddenly an angel appears before the shepherds. A heavenly light draws them to a stable in Bethlehem. There they behold a young couple watching over their sleeping child.
     The Babe in the manger was to grow up to teach us that God is Spirit and that God's Spirit indwells us as our unfailing help in every need.
     Now, return to the present time. It's Christmas! Not because there are decorations or Christmas music, but because Christ is reborn in us this day. How this knowledge has changed our lives! Now we know that we have God's life in us. Truly, Christmas --- life itself --- is a tremendous and fascinating mystery!
While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. --- Luke 2:6-7
reprinted from Unity's "If Every Day Were Christmas   Advent 2012"