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|Should the Christmas season ever really come to an end?|
Yes, I know it was last week and that is over, but should the spirit of this season ever really over? Well, let's face it, the "Christmas Season has been upon us for weeks, and it will be with us for a little longer. And, actually, no matter what one's personal view of Christmas may be purely heathen, purely Christian or a culturally blended mix of theseóno one who really cares about their fellow-man can fail to see, and appreciate, the wonder and beauty of the spirit that pervades our lives at this season.
While I am not at all sold on this as the specific date, along with some of the material trappings and the commercialization connected with Christmas, I am very much sold on our nation getting back to God, back to prayer, back to Jesusónot just a babe in the manger, but our God given Savior. I saw an interesting comment on this very idea in a newspaper.
He observed, "It's December! People (and retailers) are getting focused on Christmas. But there's something sad about a world that keeps baby Jesus safe in a manager in Bethlehem, a world that takes Him out once a year and plays with him for a little while and then puts him back in the closet until next Christmas, He is not a Baby Savior!"
For the full column, see Page 6A of this week's Citizen.
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Leonard Gray is a retired foreign missionary. If you would like to talk to him about this or any other religion related subject, you may call him at (318) 299-7610.