Monday December 12, 2011
Pastor asked today, “Which punctuation mark would you place after Christmas?”
Many place a comma after the word Christmas. Christmas comma…and follow that with a list of other things that create busyness and take up time. Christmas is just one more thing in a long list of events.
Some people would place a period after Christmas. They come to a stop at Christmastime. Something stops them in their tracks as others celebrate the season – the memory of one they loved and lost, past holidays that leave something to be desired, an unfulfilled wish for more than they have this year.
Still others place a question mark after Christmas. They wonder what it’s all about or how they really feel about it. They doubt the miracle, the divinity, or its place in their lives.
And some of us naturally follow the word Christmas with an exclamation mark! Yes, that would be me. I look forward to the season with anticipation and joy. And when I think of exclamation marks, I remember one of the few verses that contains them. It has always fascinated me:
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (I John 3:1)
I love those exclamation marks in Scripture, don’t you?
And what better time to remember the love He has lavished on us than at the season of His Son’s birth?
Oh, I get caught up in the comma syndrome sometimes, and on a day that I look inward instead of upward, I may even use a period. But when I read about the love He has lavished on me, those exclamation marks jump out to remind me.
It’s “Christmas!” for me!
Linking up today with Michelle for Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday, Laura at The Wellspring for Playdates with God, and Jen at Finding Heaven Today for Soli deo Gloria. Click on over and come along with us!