Twas the month before Christmas
A Christian’s thoughts about Christmas
DEARLY BELOVED FRIENDS AND FAMILY:
THE POEM BELOW EXPRESSES MY GREATEST SORROW AND CONCERN AT THIS SPECIAL TIME OF THE YEAR, WHEN WE SHOULD BE CELEBRATING THE NATIVITY OF OUR INCARNATED LORD AND SAVIOUR – JESUS CHRIST – THE TRUE AND ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD HIMSELF WHO CAME TO TEACH US HIS DIVINE TRUTH DIRECTLY AND TO SHOW US BY HIS PERFECT EXAMPLE HOW TO LIVE THIS PREPARATORY PERIOD BEFORE ENTERING ETERNITY AND – HOPEFULLY – RESIDING PEACEFULLY AND WITH ALL OUR LOVE IN HIS HEAVENLY KINGDOM.
FOR MANY YEARS NOW, DIMIT & I HAVE IGNORED THE COMMERCIAL ASPECT AND FRENETIC SHOPPING AND SPLURGING AND SELF INDULGENCE THAT SO MANY HAVE BEEN LURED INTO AT THE COST OF THEIR SPIRITUAL WELFARE – AND AT THE THREAT OF SEVERE DEBT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW YEAR!!
ALL THE TEMPTING GOODIES ON SALE AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR ONLY ENCOURAGE OUR GREED AND INSATIABLE DESIRES FOR MORE AND MORE THINGS THAT WE CERTAINLY DO NOT NEED AT ALL BUT WHICH WE ARE PERSUADED THAT WE REALLY CRAVE!!
INSTEAD, WE QUIETLY FOCUS ON THE WONDERS AND BLESSINGS THAT GOD BESTOWS UPON US BUT WHICH ALL TOO OFTEN WE TAKE FOR GRANTED - AND IN THIS COUNTRY - CERTAINLY - WE ALL LEAD SUCH LUXURIOUS, PEACEFUL AND RELATIVELY CAREFREE LIVES!
WE NO LONGER BUY NUMEROUS UNWANTED, EXPENSIVE GIFTS FOR ALL AND SUNDRY – AND RATHER TRY TO SUPPORT CHARITABLE CAUSES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. AND WE PARTICIPATE IN ALL THE HOLY SERVICES, WHICH MAKE THIS PART OF THE YEAR SO DIFFERENT TO THE REST OF THE YEAR.
WE SHOULD ALL BE OBSERVING THE NATIVITY FAST (WHICH PERMITS THE CONSUMPTION OF FISH, EXCEPT ON WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS) AND CONTEMPLATING THE ENORMOUS IMPACT OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST HAS HAD IN OUR PERSONAL LIVES – ACKNOWLEDGING OUR INUMERABLE BLESSINGS AND SHARING AND CONVEYING OUR LOVE AND APPRECIATION FOR GOD AND FOR ONE ANOTHER.
I HAVE FORWARDED THE FOLLOWING POEM TO YOU, BECAUSE I THINK YOU WILL APPRECIATE IT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT! SO TRUE! SO TRAGIC!
Twas the month before Christmas*
*When all through our land,*
*Not a Christian was praying*
*Nor taking a stand.*
*See the PC Police had taken away,*
*The reason for Christmas - no one could say.*
*The children were told by their schools not to sing,*
*About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.*
*It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say*
* December 25th is just a ' Holiday '.*
*Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit*
*Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!*
*CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod*
*Something was changing, something quite odd! *
*Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa*
*In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.*
*As Targets were hanging their trees upside down*
* At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.*
*At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears*
*You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.*
*Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty*
*Are words that were used to intimidate me.*
*Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen*
*On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !*
*At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter*
*To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.*
*And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith*
* Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace*
*The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded*
*The reason for the season, stopped before it started.*
*So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'*
*Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.*
*Choose your words carefully, choose what you say*
*Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS ,
not Happy Holiday !*
Please, all Christians join together and
wish everyone you meet during the
Christ is The Reason for the Christ-mas Season!