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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Reason for the Season of Christmas (12/04/08)

TITLE: Cure for the Common Season
By Stacey LaMontagne
12/10/08


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What can live up to the hype that we give Christmas? I long for that “magic” to overtake me and carry me away to some euphoric state that I can carry with me for longer than a day. Sometimes I capture a dreamy feeling and breathlessly hold on to it with a smile, but it fades fast. I am left empty the next breath. It’s like the kiss of a firefly on my forehead that fills me with such light, but then it quickly becomes dark again. How do I get the miracle, the awe, and the glow to overtake me and not let me down?

Maybe the answers are in the true reason for the season; God’s beautiful gift to us. The birth of any baby is an absolute awe-inspiring thing. What about the birth of a savior; a god, a deity in human flesh? All of the “gods” of mythology were simply people who somehow were immortal. Each god carried the sin, the selfishness and the ugly darkness of man within them. But, my God, the one true God, He is perfect and He is NOT a man. He gave us a baby, His ONLY Son to show us His love for us. He became a human. He was born a baby who grew to a sinless man. The problem is that Jesus’ miraculous virgin birth has been transformed into a simple bedtime story people tell children. I want free from the “ordinary, plain, emptiness” of the holidays and life.

The true “magic” of Christmas is a worthy thing to search for. It is worth the effort if it will revive my stale existence. If it will carry me past the 25th of December that would be ideal. I long for You and I seek You. Where can I find You, Christ of Christmas? Are You still in the tiny hands of a newly born baby? Do those small fists clench tightly to Your secret? Maybe I can pry it from the hands of Angelia’s Christmas baby this year.

Are You in the dreams of my ever-growing daughter? My gift from You a short five years ago has bloomed into a beautiful girl, full of life and so much love. No one seems to quench her desire to love; no matter how many times they tell her they won’t be her friend anymore. She gets hurt but bounces back so quickly; forgiving and never holding it against them. Her forgiveness is the heart of a child that loves unconditionally.

Is that You leading us to help in the youth ministry at our church? Do You have a greater purpose in drawing us to serve where we don’t know feel qualified? Opportunities have come up that draw us to help. Will we see You provide divine appointments? There is much fear of failing You. I need to know it’s You. Wherever You lead we will go.

My prayers go out to You this season, Oh Lord. Life is nothing without You. The Holy Spirit fills me with a longing for more than the world has to offer. Your Son’s birth IS the powerful “magic” behind this season. Your light CAN fill me and reach through and beyond me to use me this season. Make my life useful to You. I need the filling of Your Holy Spirit to light the flame within me. The “magic” is in Your unconditional love and abundant life You have for us. This abundant, spirit-filled life is the kiss that lingers and lasts in a deep, fulfilling joy, and peace. You will carry me all year long as long as I am filled with You. Thank You Jesus for this cure for my empty longing.


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Joanne Sher 12/15/08
Your imagery and descriptions are incredibly rich and poignant. I was absolutely enraptured with this piece. Just wonderful.