For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Glade Jul (A Happy Christmas) by Viggo Johansen, 1891
Christmas: the hinge of the world’s fate, the turning point of life. It is the most important thing that ever happened — or at least the beginning of it.
Walter Russell Mead, writing in American Interest tell us, “Whether we know it or not, whether we appreciate it or not, we are part of the Christmas Event that has turned history upside down.”
“It’s not by accident,” continues Dr. Reed, “that we date the birth of Christ as the year 1 and why traditionally the world’s history was divided into BC, before Christ, and AD, anno domini, the year of the Lord.”
From all of us at Bent Creek Baptist Church, Merry Christmas to those of you celebrating the Lord’s birth, and seasonal greetings to everyone else.
However you understand the meaning and purpose of your life, may Christmas be a time of reflection. May it bring you closer to those you love, more generous to those in need, and more in tune with your hope, your duty, and — with the help of our merciful God — your destiny to become.
Merry Christmas and God’s speed on that journey.