For those of us who do not observe the Christmas holiday or who don’t do so in all the traditional manner, the questions from others regarding why can sometimes be difficult to deal with, especially for children. In this article I attempt to give some positive ways that this can be addressed, and with your children in particular. This was prompted by a reader’s question/comment that I received earlier this year.
Proverbs 22:20-21 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
A reader whose family had quit celebrating Christmas asked me what we say when someone wishes us "Merry Christmas" or asks about Christmas. She wondered how to help her children specifically to deal with such questions and comments. Kids have a tendency sometimes to state the facts in a less than gracious manner, or they can be confused about what to say or to whom.
This has been one of the tough issues for so many Christians who have chosen to abstain from certain celebrations. Whether it's Christmas, Halloween, cultural or tribal customs, or whatever, there can be uncertainty about how to answer questions. An added challenge, at least to the Christmas equation, is that too often it's the other believers who are most offended when we choose not to participate. Weirdly enough, unsaved people often "get it" because they are more focused on the carnal and lustful aspects themselves. This complicates things considerably at times…
Lord, how I long with eager mind
Men's souls to save and bless!
But yet, alas, how oft I find
Much failure, small success!
In self-dictated haste to serve,
With prayerless zeal I run,
Then weep with weary mind and nerve
To find so little done.
Lord, clear my misted eyes to see
That nothing can avail,
Until I learn, alone with Thee
Through praying to prevail.
What means my busy work to Thee,
If done in vain self-will?
What power or guidance can there be,
Till Thou Thy servant fill?
Lord, help me learn to wait until
Thy will I clearly see;
Then fill me, guide me, and fulfill
Thy perfect will through me.
2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
Colossians 4:2-6 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
My friend Jo at “Finding Joy In the Everyday” has completed a quilt. She is a beginner and the project had its challenges for her, but the results are beautiful. She did a Disappearing Nine Patch quilt for her sister-in-law who has been through an amazing health crisis this year. I think the colors are very cheerful while still having a mature look to them. Congratulations, Jo! :-) Nicely done.