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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Faith in what at Chistmas?

For some, Christmas is a time of reaffirmation of faith. There is certainly much to support this. We are reminded of the power of the almighty God, who reached down to Earth, delling amongst us to demonstrate that a life of faith was not only possible, but necessary for us.

But it is important to see the trappings that come with the festival for what they are. Just baggage. Traditions are important. They remind us of things that we might otherwise neglect. But if a tradition gets in the way of the truth - if it obscures what it was originally meant to promote, it's time for a rethink.

If carols and Chistmas cake help you reach out to people looking for the Christ, then give yourself to promoting the festival for all you're worth. But remember, Frosty the Snowman did not die for your sins; Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer is not the One who baptises with the Holy Spirit, and Santa Claus does not sit at the right hand of the Father.

If you need wisdom - just ask. You will receive. If you're stuck for the right words to explain what the real Christmas means to you, remind yourself of the promise tht the Holy spirit Himself would speak through you. Yo are privileged to have an opportunity to share your faith in the source of all that is good about Christmas, and as you share your faith, the Good lord will bless you further, give you greater insight into the destiny He has for you - in this world and the next.

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