A friend from the far North sent a quote to me in the hopes I would depart from the sentimental triviality of yesterday and share some genuine thought provoking idea with you today. This is hard to do as the wife of my youth is always affectionately typing me as a “Sentimental old fool.” An inner voice assures me she is getting away with something.
Here’s a Christmas thought from Art Fettig;
“Some businessmen are saying this could be the greatest Christmas ever. I always thought that the first one was.”
There can be no better gift given than the one from God Himself wrapped in a garment of flesh and comforted in swaddling clothes.
Bible students know the Incarnation was planned before creation, and first hinted at in the Garden of Eden, just after the Fall. Eve’s exclamation when Cain was born, the first person with a belly button,1 literally by some as, “I have gotten a man, even Jehovah,” lets us know that Eve, the original Created Female, knew more about theology than most are willing to admit. Thus began the long hope and tradition of Jewish women expecting to be the one through whom would enter the Messiah. Eve’s early thought came to fruition when Christ was born of Mary and placed in a manger in a stable.
Mr. Fettig was right. The first Christmas, on whatever date, was the best.
Copyright © 2012 Larry Lilly
1. Larry Lilly’s Encyclopedia of Kindergarten Truth