THE SECOND NOEL
LUKE 2: 9 - 14
(PAGE 1498 COME ALIVE BIBLE)
JESUS CHRIST's birth was attested to by citizens of Heaven and
attended by citizens of earth. In it two worlds merged: the
world of the spiritual and the world of the physical. For that
reason His name was called Emmanuel, which means, "God with us."
In that act God honored the role of mother and favored the
process of birth. Neither should be taken lightly. The first
should be avoided if there is any thought of the second having
to be aborted. We, male and female, should respect what God has
Christmas, the celebration of His birth, does many things for
all of society. One thing it does is rekindle HOPE. In a culture
where there appears to be so little hope, I rejoice over its
being available to all.
The song writer Oscar Hammerstein in talking about his personal
philosophy once said: "I cannot write anything without hope in
it...when people point out that the world has evil and ugliness
in it...I merely point out I know about all of those things, but
I choose to align myself to the hope of side of life."
My heart sings with Mary Martin those lines given her by
Hammerstein: "I'm stuck like a dope in a thing called hope and I
can't get it out of my heart." I can't! I just can't, because
Christ is my heart.
Hope is more than just a feeling---it is a vision, a way
oflooking at our world, a way of understanding the things that
happen to us.
The Christmas story does not deny the presence of darkness, it
just proclaims the present of light. It doesn't ignore the
reality of bitterness and ha ...
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