Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Luccock: the order of Christmas

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
    [Jesus:] “But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.”
    —Matthew 19:30 (NIV)
    Christmas turns things tail end foremost. The day and the spirit of Christmas rearrange the world parade. As the world arranges it, usually there come first in importance—leading the parade with a big blare of a band—the Big Shots. Frequently they are also the Stuffed Shirts. That’s the first of the parade. Then at the tail end, as of little importance, trudge the weary, the poor, the lame, the halt, and the blind. But in the Christmas spirit, the procession is turned around. Those at the tail end are put first in the arrangement of the Child of Christmas.
    ... Halford E. Luccock (1885-1960), “Whoops! It’s Christmas”, in the Halford Luccock Treasury, New York: Abingdon, 1963, p. 381-382 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, establish the order of Heaven among us.
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