Pastor’s Friday Comments (12.25.20)

As you listen to “Christmas music” this time of year, you will find between the odd juxtaposition of “O Holy Night” and “Here Come Santy Claus” a sprightly tune that fits either the secular or the sacred emphasis of the Season. “We Need a Little Christmas” speaks, I think, to the desire of every human heart to find a counterbalance to the bleak cultural environment in which we find ourselves.

We need a little Christmas, “For I’ve grown a little leaner, grown a little colder, grown a little sadder, grown a little older.” So, “I need a little angel sitting on my shoulder; need a little Christmas now.”

People who approach Christmas purely from a secular point of view take this to mean, I suppose, that we all need a little cheering up and the trappings of the Season – the decorations, parties, and the warm images might do the trick. People of faith know that we both need and can have so much more.

When God is present in our lives through the Spirit of Christ within us, the days are never too dark to be overcome by the light. Our trials are never so great that they cannot be faced with grace and serenity. Our joy can come not from artificial stimuli, but from the calm assurance that we are not alone. We need a little Christmas, all right, but of the kind that can only be truly received by the acceptance of the truth that we are loved with a perfect love, made incredibly real and personal through the birth of Jesus.

The song, “We Need a Little Christmas,” was written for the Broadway musical, “Mame,” and is sung after the title character has lost all her fortune in the stock market crash of 1929. Interestingly, there is a line in the original that indicates that it is only a week past Thanksgiving, too early to be celebrating Christmas. Today, “Christmas creep” has pushed the emphasis back to Halloween. For people of faith, even that is not early enough. Christians know that we need a little Christmas, not just “right this very minute,” but every moment of our lives.

And for us that means not just the babe in the manger, but the Savior who died, and lives in us. That’s what we need, now and always.

Merry Christmas!