A sermon on Christmas Eve
We all spend a lot of time trying to make Christmas, merry and bright. In the midst of life’s struggles, pain, failures and darkness, we hope that having an extraordinary tree, extraordinary gifts, extraordinary decorations will fix what ails us. We’re kind of like Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation.” A perfect Christmas will make our ordinary lives extraordinary. Like Clark, however, it never quite works out. Perhaps that’s because God comes in such an ordinary way, on a dark and silent night in an out of the way place far from home. That’s where God chooses to meet us – in ordinary places and ordinary things; like mangers, water, wine and bread. That’s what makes Christmas extraordinary.