We live in a “PC” world. Oftener and oftener the Christian’s worldview is shushed in deference to the agenda of the moment. My husband and I were talking just this week about the big divide we’ve seen this holiday season. Currently there is a media-driven rebellion against wishing someone a “Merry Christmas,” even though the malls are packed with Christmas shoppers and Amazon is busily delivering packages in time for Christmas morning. “Happy Holidays” is the new trend and to wish someone a “Merry Christmas” is unbelievably considered offensive.
The thing is, what is considered “PC” is ever-changing. It’s tough to keep your finger on the popular pulse at any given moment these days. I think that’s why the response of both the angels and the shepherds of the nativity stand out to me so much this year in particular –
Suddenly a vast, heavenly army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased!” vv 13-14
the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. v 20
These last few days of the season, I want to challenge myself to live expressively in light of Emmanuel (“God with us”), the One for whom Christmas was named. I want to live uncensored in my praise of Him. I want my words and actions to express my beliefs. Like the angels and shepherds, I want glorify Him in an expressive way, that those around me may know the reason for the season by what I say and do.
On that note, I wish each of you a heartfelt Merry Christmas!
I met Abigail in college and was so impressed with her as a woman that I named my first daughter after her. True story! In the business of raising the precious aforementioned daughter the past 22 years (along with 4 of her siblings), I unfortunately lost touch with Abigail. That’s why I was thrilled when we connected again last summer and got to spend some one-on-one time together.
Abigail is not only an intelligent woman, but she is absolutely beautiful – inside and out. Her first husband (a prosperous sheep-farmer named Nabal) never fully appreciated those qualities in her. He was a very rich, but harsh man, evil in his affairs with others. Abigail was just the opposite. Abigail was someone with whom even the household staff felt they could speak plainly (yes, she was so wealthy she had a household staff, including five maidens to attend to her needs!). One servant even felt at liberty to refer to Nabal as (and I quote) “a worthless man”- directly to Abigail’s face! Abigail was humble for someone in her station in life; an independent thinker; a problem-solver; an infinitely more gracious and savvy person in her rapport with people than her “worthless” first husband.
Through a series of (un)fortunate events that I’d rather Abigail share with you herself, she is now free from her wretched first husband and has become the wife of an actual King! Oh yeah – and in the process, she just-so-happened to save the life of everyone in her household! True story! But I will leave her fill in the details.
Click here to meet my impressive friend, Abigail, whose superpower is turning trial into triumph.