Simple Christmas

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it”. – John 1:1-5

Eileen and I have always had a live Christmas tree.  Many years ago when we were first married, we had very little (as in no) disposable income to buy a tree. So we took a ride and saw a somewhat Christmas tree shaped scrub pine growing in a ditch alongside the road and cut it down and brought it home.

We each had a handful of family ornaments and a string of lights and we decorated that little tree and if there was ever a real life “Charlie Brown Christmas tree” that was it! We still have photos of it and it is still a wonder it looked as good as it did. It was very simple, yet so beautiful at the same time.

The passage above is the Christmas story as told by John. It is simple isn’t it? No frills, no angels, no shepherds, no inn, just Jesus.

There is so much to love about Christmas. But, it really is about the simple message – “The Light” of Christ shining into the darkness of this world.

My prayer for you this week is that amidst all the “extras” of the season, the simple meaning of Christmas will shine through – that you will simply  “comprehend” the Light. Merry Simple Christmas.

Do you have a memory of a “Simple Christmas”? I’d love to hear it.

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