This December you can have a Mary Christmas or a Martha Christmas. In a Martha Christmas you are so frantic doing good things that you miss the best gift of all. In a Mary Christmas you recognize what is truly important and find the best gift of all.
There’s nothing like the Christmas season to force you to face the fact that life is often neither joyful nor triumphant. What is there to celebrate about Christmas? We’ll answer that question by looking at one of my favorite Christmas stories: Job.
As the oldest woman in the family tree, the success of Christmas settled on my shoulders like a straight jacket. How can any thing that can fits under a Christmas tree transform the life of the recipient from misery to joy?
Alone and cold in a German prison, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote: “I think we are going to have an exceptionally good Christmas.” As I sit in warmth and comfort, I wonder at his words.
What is there to celebrate about Christmas? I’d like to answer that question by looking at one of my favorite Christmas stories: Job. The hope that sustained Job sitting on that ash heap, scraping at his boils, is the knowledge that he had a Redeemer who was born on Christmas day.