The nation with financial fears plus the hurts of war must not turn from Christmas. There is nothing so securing or obliging than the gift of the Christmas Christ. Where is there a one of us who has not felt the healing touch, the smile of his grace, time tempered by the Cross, a warming of heart, to say the least.
So, we have come to Christmas 2008, symbolized by little lights of loveliness, songs of inspiration and all manner of invitations to join in festive adoring. It is that place we reach for so anxiously; “All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.”
For about 35 years, I have written a word of encouragement for friends at Christmastime, to the brotherhood of the born again. Be reminded of God’s divine love, expressed so beautifully in a cattle stall near Bethlehem and a hovering of angels blending voices of cheering.
This Christmas, I have sat with the sorrowing, walked with the tearful, and have found his grace sufficient “for the day his hands have made.” What-ever the path of 2009, be reminded that the Christ of the Second Coming is nearer than ever before—much nearer than ever before!
BO Baker is a longtime Texas Baptist pastor and evangelist who has written a Christmas reflection for the Baptist Standard 33 consecutive years.