My friend, may I ask you a question? How DOES Christmas taste for you? Does it remind you of chocolate candies? Perhaps it’s that sweet Stullen with the creamy white frosting? Christmas creates many alluring flavors for most of us. If Christmas, however, is about the birth of Jesus Christ, what flavor ought that to be?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
For most of us preparing for Christmas involves some contact with food preparation, especially the preparation of cookies, cakes, breads, Christmas dinners and hors d’oeuvres as well as other consumables that are made with sugars, chocolates, and other sweet confections. Christmas is also the single most important holiday for the sale of chocolate candies of all kinds. Last year it was estimated that Americans alone consumed over 600,000 metric tons of chocolate over the Christmas holiday season. It’s no wonder that the big sugar producers sell nearly 45% of their yearly volume of bulk sugars to the domestic market between October and January. Sugar is a big part of Christmas. It is the “sweetest” holiday of the year.
How DOES Christmas taste for you? Does it remind you of chocolate candies? Perhaps it’s that sweet Stullen with the creamy white frosting? Christmas creates many alluring flavors for most of us. If Christmas, however, is about the birth of Jesus Christ, what flavor ought that to be?
Here’s a thought from author Sandra Stolz. “When you think of the amount of energy we spend this time of the year on preparing, buying, and eating, it certainly does give one pause to think. If only we could channel that same amount, or even a modicum of that amount of dedication and energy on things more worthwhile; like filling our hearts with the sweetness of God and not just our stomachs with Christmas sweets. King David knew the sweetness of knowing God. How else could he have written ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.’ Yes, God tastes good. In fact, God is sweet especially at this time of the year. It's at Christmas time that we focus on the humanity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It's this "ingredient" of Christ that makes God sweet to our taste and should compel us to want more, seek more, and consume more of Him.” (Sandra Stolz)
Martin Luther wrote, “It's because of His humanity and His incarnation that Christ becomes sweet to us, and through Him God becomes sweet to us. Let us therefore begin to ascend step by step from Christ’s crying in His swaddling clothes up to His Passion. Then we shall easily know God . . . Then you will know that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). This Christmas season take time to consider the one who is born in Bethlehem. Find out for yourself why Christmas is the tastiest holiday of the year, and the sweetest. Then, each time a sweet cookie meets your lips, may it remind you of the sweetest gift ever given–the gift of our sweet, baby Savior and the taste of eternal life in Him forever.
We pray. (We pray with King Solomon) “O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, For they are ever mine. I have more insight than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, Because I have observed Your precepts. I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word. I have not turned aside from Your ordinances, For You Yourself have taught me. How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! From Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.” In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (from Psalm 119)
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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