THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

After the tinsel and glitter, the lights and the stars, the candles and garland, the seasonal towels and dishes, and the Christmas trees are carried to the curb or stored away, will you feel it was the most won- derful time of the year? If that was all there was to it, maybe not; but then, that is not all there is to it.

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR, was a song written and composed in 1963, and not one thing is mentioned about the real reason for celebrating Christmas. The song is like a nicely wrapped Christmas present with nothing in it. The lyrics are like the characters in the Biblical account of Christ’s birth. They see everything through the eye of a carnal man. As you read the lyrics, you will recognize that the only one whom Heaven ever called “Wonderful” is not even mentioned:

“It's the most wonderful time of the year

With the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you “Be of good cheer"

It's the most wonderful time of the year

It's the hap-happiest season of all

With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings. When friends come to call,

It's the hap- happiest season of all.

There'll be much mistletoe-ing and hearts will be glowing when loved-ones are near.

There'll be parties for hosting marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the snow.

There'll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago."

There have always been some who do not celebrate Christmas; but despite the disclaimers and shadows of evil we face in our world, there is still One who is called the Light of the World. Who makes it for us THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR. He shall be called Jesus, Immanuel (God with us). The prophet called Him Wonderful. It is not what, but Who, that makes the Christmas Season so wonderful.

GayNell and I want to wish you and yours this Christmas to truly be a most wonderful time of the year. You have made 2015 wonderful for us.

Pastors Cleddie & Gaynell Keith