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Lessons from Dr. Seuss this Christmas

whovilleIs Christmas solely about the decorations and the term “Merry Christmas”? Haven’t those insisting there be a “War on Christmas” learned anything from Dr. Seuss? Whether it is the Grinch or Scrooge, you shouldn’t allow those who wish to hurt you do so. Why give them the power over what makes yours a merry Christmas or not?

In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Whos of Whoville didn’t need the Christmas tree, stockings, presents, food or decorations to celebrate Christmas. In their song “Welcome Christmas,” they sing “Christmas Day will always be. Just as long as we have we.” In the midst of having their entire holiday celebration stolen from them, they still woke up and celebrated with warmth in their hearts. What the Grinch hoped to rob from them, he couldn’t. Getting angry over the secularization of the holidays is allowing others to get inside your head. By giving them the fight they are looking for, you’re giving them what they want for Christmas.

After all, it was seeing the warmth and happiness of the Whos that melted the Grinch’s ice-cold heart in the end. That’s the lesson the Grinch learned. It’s also the lesson we should be teaching our kids, the Grinches and Scrooges in our lives. They can tear down our Christmas trees and replace “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays” but they can’t take away the warmth the season brings to those who celebrate it. Make them see they are missing something  just like the Whos did for the Grinch.

Remember Christmas isn’t about the things or even red holiday cups – it’s about the spirit of Christmas you have in your heart and no one can take that away from you unless you allow them to.

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Hope for All in Loving Your Enemies!

I just had to share this verse and commentary today. I receive daily scripture emails and this one really struck me this morning. I like what Whitehead says in his commentary about how loving your enemies creates hope that God loves everyone. No matter what wrong we do, what we believe or don’t believe, God is still there for us.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. – Matthew 5:43-45

Jesus was stretching the imagination of the Jewish listeners. To love your enemies is to acknowledge that God loves them too. This is another way of saying that there is hope for anyone. No matter how evil or unrighteous someone may seem, the sun still shines upon them. We are challenged to live in the love of our heavenly Father, who wishes for none to perish and all to come to repentance. 

by: Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

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