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The Meaning of Christmas (5 of 5)
Series: The Christmas Story
For the last month we have focused on the Christmas story by looking at the different parts of the Christmas Story. Today, we end this series with the meaning. I begin asking this question, ''What does Christmas mean?'' Perhaps we should have begun with this question because Christmas seems to mean so many things to so many people.
IF Christmas means family; THEN what does Christmas mean to a person who has just lost a loved one or has no family?
IF Christmas means shopping malls, Christmas trees and blinking lights; THEN what does Christmas mean to a family who lives in a remote village in the hills of Ghana that has no electricity, let alone a shopping mall and has never seen a Christmas tree...
IF Christmas means the giving and receiving gifts; THEN what does Christmas mean to a single mother of 4 children, working 2 jobs, barely having enough money to pay the mortgage, the heat and buy food?
IF Christmas means white snow falling from the sky and covering the ground and bare tree limbs THEN what does Christmas mean to a person who lives in the Arizona desert?
NOW - please don't misunderstand ... family, trees, lights, food, gifts and snow are all fine and good, and they can be very beneficial - but they are not what Christmas really means....
The many legends of the Taj Mahal all fascinate, but there is one that haunts. The favorite wife of the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan died. Devastated, he resolved to honor her by constructing a temple that would serve as her tomb. He coffin was placed in the center of a large parcel of land, and construction of the temple began around it. No expense would be spared to make her final resting place magnificent. But as the weeks turned into months, the Sha's grief was eclipsed by his passion for the project. He no longer mourned her absence. The construction consumed him. One day while walking from one side of the const ...
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