Do You Ever Wonder about Life? (4 of 4) by Rick White

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Do You Ever Wonder about Life? (4 of 4)
A BlockBuster Christmas
Rick White/Ed Rowell
Luke 1:39-56

Introduction:

George Bailey--Thinks a wonderful life is a life of adventure

Henry F. Potter--Thinks a wonderful life is a life of wealth and power (worth)

Mary Hatch--Thinks a wonderful life is a love that takes her breath away

Mary of Nazareth--her life was invaded by God. God came into her life physically. Her response?

Her joy was not over having a baby. Her joy was over having a Savior.

Her response was...

A cartoon in the New Yorker magazine says it all. In the middle of the floor is a dried up, withered, Christmas tree. The calendar on the wall reads December 26. Dad is sitting in his chair with an ice pack on his head. Mom is in a bathrobe and her hair in rollers. The floor is virtual mountain of wrapping and bows. Junior is reaching in his stocking to be sure that there is no more candy. In the background we see a table with a thoroughly picked turkey still sitting there. The caption on the cartoon reads simply: The morning after.

Well, perhaps we fell a little that way. Perhaps we fell somewhat let down. If that is so it is quite understandable. Over the past weeks our emotions have been wound tighter than a toy doll. Our festivities have led up to near fever pitch. And then, suddenly, it is all over. Is it any wonder that it is somewhat of a let down? Psychiatrists even had a word for it. They call it Christmas-slump. A number of years ago, when Lou Holtz was at the University of Arkansas, he was taking his team to play a bowl game in Tempe, Arizona. The game was to be played on Christmas day. He was asked how he felt about playing a game on Christmas, rather than being with his family. The coach answered candidly: "I would rather be in Tempe. After all, once you have been to church, had Christmas dinner, and opened the presents, Christmas is the most boring day of the year."

Is it possible to lose the spirit of Christmas th ...


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