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Taylor Caldwell on Christmas Loneliness December 1, 2016 Larry Lilly

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Nativity Scene

As a regular reader, you know that I use quotes extensively and for a reason. Other, more exciting people than me, say some wonderful things and I to like share these thoughts with you along with my more mundane ones.

Here’s a gem with biblical backing from a tremendous author, Taylor Caldwell:

“Don’t let the past steal your present. This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.”

Despite the hype during the month of December, most forget, if they ever knew, the truth that is glossed over during this giddy month. Since we have only an idea as to when Christ was born, I make no fuss about the month, though what evidence we have begs for a different one than December. I do fuss about the emphasis of Mythological characters taking center stage, when if it really is a celebration of The Birth of Christ from The Virgin’s womb, we really should keep the emphasis on that truth.

During this month that pictures all warmth going into hibernation until spring, emotions run wild, a few people will take their life due to feelings of not receiving tokens of love, while others will do the same due to feeling inadequate for living because they have little or nothing to give to others. Others will die in bouts of drunkenness and still others… You name it.

During this winter wonderland month, my days and a few evenings will be filled to the brim with good people needing an ear to pour their problems into. Many will lament things from the past and permit mistakes, even downright sins, to take away any joy they might otherwise have.

The message of Christmas is manifold. Yet one, in my opinion, based on the name given to Christ, via the angelic messenger, Immanuel, is at the top of the list, especially during December.

Ms. Caldwell nailed the truth of Immanuel as the paramount message of Christmas. Immanuel, which translated means, “God with us.”

Most will agree that a sense of “aloneness” permeates the emotions of many during Christmas. The “party” emphasis reminds so many of the fact that, though the room is full of happy laughter, they feel somehow alone in the crowd. They seldom realize that most everyone in the room hides the same feelings behind a party face.

When a person comes to grips with the possibility of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, His given name takes on a highly significant meaning and His closeness to us via the New Birth becomes vividly genuine. The truth explodes in our mind and heart, not only is God with me, but He has further stated, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6.

Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly

As we celebrate the sometimes maddening days of December keep Ms. Caldwell’s statement in mind, “you are not alone.” A note from you will be appreciated. larrylilly@larrylilly.net

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