Applause! Applause!

In the beginning was the Word: the Word was with God and the Word was God

John 1:1-18
Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalms 98:1-6; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18

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Christmas Day, B

Way back in Eighteen-Twenty-Seven, an American Bishop made the following complaint:

ìThe devil has stolen Christmas from us. The devil has stolen the day of our spiritual redemption, and converted it into a day of worldly festivities.î

If he thought that was the case in Eighteen-Twenty-Seven, he should see us now.

December becomes an absolutely chaotic month for many of us, perhaps most of us. With all the credit-carding, frenzied shopping and over-indulging, very soon some of us will have become utterly exhausted from what our chaotic approach to Christmas has done to us, physically and emotionally.

There is a ìPeanutsî comic strip in which little Lucy and Charlie Brown are contemplating the coming of Christmas. Lucy opens her Bible and begins to read:

ìAnd in that region there were shepherds out in the fields keeping watch over their flocks by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them and the Glory of the Lord shone all around them, and they were…

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