Christmas Eve Sermon 2013

So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. Luke 2: 16-18

I think sometimes we like to picture Christmas as a moment frozen in time.   Like our beautiful carved nativity scene that never changes, we imagine the Christmas night to be a perfect, unmoving scene.  Jesus as a tiny baby, nestled in the swaddling clothes, tucked into the manger bed, no crying he makes.  Mary looks on serenely, Joseph hums a lullaby, all the shepherds bring their praise with their heads quietly bowed.  Still.  Peaceful.  Calm.

Do you know what I mean?  Let me give a few examples of “frozen Christmas moments”

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