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Chaplaincy

Saturday, Second Week of Advent

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Christ, the Lord.”
—Luke 2:10-11

Putting the Christ Back in Christmas

Have you ever thought about the word Christmas? I’m serious. All right, have you ever noticed that if one were to remove the last three letters of the word, the remaining letters spell Christ? Christ. I remember so many instances where I pronounced Christmas as CHRISTmas. But now that I have reflected on the true meaning of Christmas, I know that that slip of the tongue was truly the revealing of THE definition of Christmas. God has revealed to me, that the five letters that remain after removing (mas) is the true meaning of Christmas. This day and every day is all about Christ. His birth, His death and resurrection.

Christ as savior, redeemer, deliverer, born to save me, you, the world. Provider, protector, waymaker, healer; his blood is what sets me free. Tortured and bruised for our transgressions, he knew that we would be untrue, inconsistent , belligerent, confrontational and illegitimate children of his…until  he died, all of my ways, thoughts, actions were killing me…sending me to damnation, but his love, but his  grace, but his death and resurrection paved a way for me. No longer bound, no longer lost, no longer bitter, no longer  a slave to my flesh…my soul liberated

This is CHRISTmas. This is the joy that I feel every day, not only on December 25, but 365 days a year. The music is nice, but Christ is grandiose. The presents are many, but nothing compared to the power of His blood. The Christmas tree is bright, but its light never shines brighter than His… He is the light and His love is bountiful… waiting for someone to receive it. So with that being said Merry CHRISTmas and a happy New Year.

Love,
Jasmin Thomas  ‘15