Are you a cynic this Christmas?
I hope not.
I hope that you aren’t jaded by the commercials that began at Halloween. I hope that you aren’t snippy about someone wishing you a Happy Holiday. I hope that you aren’t dreading that one Christmas visit.
I hope you haven’t been a cynic this Christmas.
It would have been easy to have been cynical two thousand years ago. A man and woman having a baby that was conceived before they were married. A trip at the end of the pregnancy to Bethlehem. A birth in a stable. A manger for a bed. Despite everything the angels and the dreams had said, it would have been easy to have felt just a bit cynical when the rubber met the road. Somehow, I don’t think so.
It is easy to be cynical today. Commercials for two months. Black Friday. Pepper spray this year.
There isn’t really room for cynicism at the heart of Christmas. There really isn’t room for cynicism and Christ. I hope you get there. I hope you get to the heart of Christmas and Christ is in your life. I hope you aren’t a Christmas cynic this year.
Have you been a cynic this Christmas? Do you know anyone who is?