The Substance

You know that it’s Christmas break when you are watching a movie at 11:45 am on a week day. I’m watching the computer animated version of A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey. It’s pretty scarey right now. After all, it is a ghost story.

Right now he is being visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley. One of these Christmases I want to read the book. Not this one though, I am reading other things.

I do enjoy Christmas and all things Christmas-y — the music, the movies, the lights, etc. This year though, I trying to remind myself that, while all those things are wonderful and fun, they are just a shadow. The substance is Christ.

“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” Colossians 2:16-17

My pastor talked about that at the beginning of the advent season. He was explaining the “Christmas blues” — when expectations of a joyous and life giving holiday season meet reality. No holiday, no relationship, no marriage, no place, no gadget, no level of education – nothing on this earth can really satisfy us. Not that they are aren’t wonderful things, but they aren’t meant to terminate on themselves. They are meant to point to the substance behind everything — Christ. When we don’t see that, we just meet disappointment once it’s all over. I’m trying to remind myself of that everyday.

So that’s my sermon for the day.

On that note, I wrapped my frist Christmas present this morning! One down .. . lots to go.

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3 thoughts on “The Substance

  1. I decided to read A Christmas Carol for the first time this year! I want to get back in the swing of reading Victorian literature in case I’ll be studying it in the fall šŸ™‚ I had forgotten how wonderful Dickens is.

  2. What a great message….in fact…the greatest message on earth! I love this post and can feel the snow falling as I read it.

    I hope you and Ryan have a great Christmas. And congratulations on your Masters! Very exciting!

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