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Ten Grinches Plus Two!

The word was made flesh, He lived among us
Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalms 98:1-6; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18

Sermon Week Christmas Day Cycle C

Scripture Summary John 1:14

I know there is something about the much beloved Dr. Seuss’ Christmas parable that invokes such wonderful memories for so many. I want to remind the younger ones that there was a time -- way back in the ancient past when you couldn’t download or stream or play “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on an endless loop. No, it came but once a year when children everywhere waited in great anticipation for the evening they could gather ‘round the old television, mesmerized by the Grinch’s antics. So just in case you missed it this year, permit me to read from my favorite part of the story:

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say -- that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day. And then -- the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of ten Grinches, plus two!

I just love that. But of course, much more importantly, there is something about the sights and the sounds and rituals of the season that make it possible for us to experience God's Presence in a special way. This is the day of the year when we give our full attention to God's Christmas Presence.

I think about how we become nostalgic at Christmas time, and the way in which we experience God's Presence through the memories of our past. I think about material things -- the trees, the lights, the gifts – even the Grinch -- and I realize that God's Presence becomes real to us in and through those material things.

I think about the way in which we celebrate with family and friends, and even strangers, and how [...]


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