D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Christmas Eve Thoughts

Saturday, December 24, 2005 5:52 AM

Once again Christmas graces us with its presence, and all the build up of decorating, baking, gift wrapping, and Christmas parties will come to an end in a flurry of bows, ripped paper, and turkey (or ham, or roast, or whatever).

I was watching Jay Leno last night and they had this comedian on (can't remember his last name...Gary from Last Comic Standing if you watched the show). He's Jewish, and he had some funny Christmas jokes, one of them being: “Christmas...I understand that there was a religious association to it at one time?”.

Lost in our secular world is the reality that Christmas, no matter whether it was started by the early church to counter pagan holidays occuring, is about the birth of Jesus. In Christian doctrine, His birth was pre-destined by the Old Testament, his mother was a virgin when He was born, and His duty was ultimately fulfilled when He died on the cross.

I encourage you this Christmas as everyone around us is singing carols and recounting the Christmas story, that you look beyond just the birth of Christ and into His life, what He said, what He did, what the true meaning of Christmas is: hope. Hope that in this screwed up, dark world that we live in where children die in some countries every few seconds, where people steal and murder, where wars are waged, where hate is spread, where many of us question why we're here and what this life is about...there is hope that we can find the peace and answers we all so desperately want.

Merry Christmas.


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