When I was a kid, my mother bought a cuckoo clock. They were popular at the time and she thought it would be cool if we had one. But that clock almost caused a mutiny in our house because it kept waking everybody up all night long. If you’ve ever tried to sleep in a house with a cuckoo clock, you know what I’m talking about.
However, it wasn’t long before we got used to it. It took a few days, but somehow our brains tuned it out. I remember thinking the crazy thing must have stopped working, only to discover that the pendulum was still swinging to beat the band.
It’s amazing how familiarity makes you deaf and blind. Things that seem so obvious when you first encounter them fade into the background over time.
Could it be that something like this has happened with you and the true meaning of Christmas?
Maybe you’ve been a Christian so long…have heard the Christmas story so many times…have sung so many choruses of Silent Night…have been to so many Christmas Eve services that it’s all become old hat. Perhaps the wonder and beauty and majesty of the Christmas story, which seemed so powerful when you were young, no longer touches you in a special way.
Before I moved to Florida, I was attracted to Disney World like a child is attracted to a bowl of candy. It held so much fascination for me. But now that I’ve lived near Disney for over two decades, I go months and never even think about it. I still know it’s a great place, but it doesn’t move me like it once did.
We need to guard against the tendency to take wonderful things for granted, and the Christmas story is surely on that list of wonderful things. It remains one of the most beautiful testimonies we have of the love of God. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son…” There is no greater truth.
To all my readers and friends, Merry Christmas!