Refiner's fire

Sunday, December 17

Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18

What is the most popular Christmas song? One way to determine that is to consult the Muzak Holiday Channel and find the song that has the most versions available. If that’s a fair way to deal with this question, then the answer would be “The Christmas Song,” most often sung by either Nat King Cole or Bing Crosby. Second prize goes to “White Christmas” (Bing Crosby again). Then come “Winter Wonderland” and “Silver Bells.”

All of these songs contain the requisite amount of “warm fuzzies.” Now, imagine you are sitting in front of a crackling fire with Nat King Cole’s mellow voice in the background. Suddenly the door bursts open, a gust of wind blows snow into the room, and a man with a bushy beard and camel-skin tunic strides in. There is fire in his eyes.


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