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Christmas, Pure and Simple


By Gloria Gaither

© Gloria Gaither.

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December 26, 2022 ​ In our complex, hype-filled, spin-ridden world, Jesus comes as a naked baby—pure and simple. It is His first and lasting message to us: life is good enough, beautiful enough, powerful enough. Without embellishment the Word—the Message—is enough.

Joy and rest have always been the marks of those who truly follow Jesus. The great issues of life are laid to rest in Him. This joy and rest does not require perfect surroundings or easy circumstances. They are not at the mercy of situation or environment. This life, pure and simple, is portable and present in the harshest of conditions. It can make its presence known in stable or palace, hamlet or metropolis. It was present on a midnight escape to Egypt and in a simple carpenter’s cottage in Nazareth. It does not need a scepter, badge, or medallion. It’s purity and simplicity are its own defense. ​ Joy and rest have always been the marks of those who truly follow Jesus. The great issues of life are laid to rest in Him. This joy and rest does not require perfect surroundings or easy circumstances. They are not at the mercy of situation or environment. This life, pure and simple, is portable and present in the harshest of conditions. It can make its presence known in stable or palace, hamlet or metropolis. It was present on a midnight escape to Egypt and in a simple carpenter’s cottage in Nazareth. It does not need a scepter, badge, or medallion. It’s purity and simplicity are its own defense.


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