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December 18, 2014, 9:53 PM

Fr. Chris' Christmas Message

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings

I am amazed at how much time people spend discussing whether it is appropriate to greet someone at this time of year with "Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas" this is not a new topic of discussion because it surfaces in some circles every year. There is not too much said about the words “Seasons Greetings.” Those who oppose the  'happy holidays' purport that the public has crossed out Christ from Christmas and substitute that with the less specific connection to the season, with 'happy holidays.'

The scripture is what sets the tone for this season. One might readily jump to the nativity story and come away with joy for the season, but we all can find lasting joy and reflection as we read the Apostle Paul’s writings in the Book of Titus.

He said, “The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds” (Titus 2:11-14).

As a Christian and a priest in the church of God, I believe that we should embrace every opportunity to highlight the season for what it is--it is the birthday of our Lord Jesus and the spiritual depth to which that is realized is what matters about the season.

From a different standpoint, I also find it necessary to pay attention to those who take the time to say happy holidays, because we humans cannot truly extend to someone something we do not have. Happy holiday may be all someone needs to say to bring some joy to the recipient’s heart.

I must admit that the other day I was shopping at one of my favorite stores and in the card section there was a card that deeply expressed my sentiments of the Christmas spirit, but I failed to purchase it because it said, Happy Holidays.  If this season in which our God deemed it fit to become one of us to redeem us to him, I think it is fitting that every rational thinking person should be happy or merry as the case may be.

So to you and yours, I say SEASONS GREETINGS!

Fr. Chris

Christmas 2014

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