Every couple has those issues that you just don’t see eye to eye on. Most are relatively minor, those times when you’re happy to let the differences lie. Others, though, are too important. You can’t just agree to disagree. Too much is at stake.
This is one of those. And it comes up every year. I’ve listened to my wife, and I’ve tried hard to understand where she’s coming from. But I just can’t let go of something that has been one of my guiding principles for my entire adult life. It’s a simple principle, but an important one:
No Christmas decorations or Christmas music before Thanksgiving.
I’m sure we can all agree that this is one of the non-negotiable building block for responsible living in the world today. One of these days, I’ll convince my wife.
In general, I don’t even like talking about Christmas before Thanksgiving. But I’m going to fudge on that just a bit. And that’s because, in the lead up to Christmas, I’d like to start a new series on an “old, old story.” But it’s a very different story than the one we’re used to.
The traditional Christmas story goes something like this:
- We stupid humans messed up badly.
- God promised to send a Messiah to take care of our mess.
- Christmas is about celebrating the fact that Messiah is finally here!
And this is an incredibly important story, one we should tell ourselves, our children, and our neighbors every year. I’m not going to reject, or even question, anything in this story. We should rejoice in the good news that the Messiah has come. But I want to suggest that there’s another story, one that we seldom tell. And it’s incredibly important as well.
It’s the story of the Spirit.
Over the next few weeks, I’d like to remind us why the story of the Spirit must be part of our story as Christians. Traditionally, Pentecost would be a more appropriate time to remember the coming of the Spirit. But I want to suggest that we haven’t really understand the story of Messiah’s birth until we’ve understood the story of the Spirit. They’re different stories, but they’re inseparable.
I’m sure I’ll adjust this as we go. But here’s what I think this series will look like. I hope you’ll follow along and use this as a a different way of reminding yourself why Christmas is such an incredible holiday.
- Inflatable People: The Spirit and Creation
- Deflatable People: The Spirit and the Fall
- Just Me and My Shadow: The Spirit as God’s Faithful Presence
- Blossoming Like the Crocus: The Spirit and God’s Promises
- Why Christmas Doesn’t End Until April: The Spirit and Messiah
- Lucas Can Keep the Force: The Spirit and the Rest of the Story
I’ll look forward to hearing what you think.