Asbury United Methodist Church
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December 21, 2017

For some reason, I woke up in the night with the old Christmas carol, Do You Hear What I Hear playing inside my head.

Said the night wind to the little lamb,
Do you see what I see?
Way up in the sky little lamb.
Do you see what I see?
A star, a star,
Dancing in the night,
With a tail as big as a kite.
With a tail as big as a kite.

          But the thing was…in my half awake, half asleep state I heard the last part of that verse as With a tale as big as a kit.  When I woke up fully this morning and thought about that dream, I laughed out loud.

          How does a star have a tale?  But…again, the word tale kind of fits too!

          The tale that star brought to us had cosmic significance for humanity.  It heralded a paradigm shift so cataclysmic that nothing on earth would ever be the same again:

Said the king to the people everywhere,
Listen to what I say…
Pray for peace, people everywhere!
Listen to what I say…
The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night,
He will bring us goodness and light.
He will bring us goodness and light.

          King David brought us images of green pastures and still waters in the 23rd Psalm.  Sometimes, I daydream about moving to a farm to get me some of that. 

          And, we could of course.  But isn’t David really inviting us into a tale that leads to inner peace? 

          And, at the end of the day only the Lord can give the tranquility that is soul-restoring.  Even so, there is something that is required of us.  We must open our hearts so that Christ can put the tranquility inside. 

          Within the last church that I served, we had quite a number of people in recovery from substance abuse.  In a loud voice from time to time, they would all shout together, “We’re number one!  We’re number one!” 

          What they were referring to was sort of humorous.  They were proclaiming that within our church, we were number one in terms of how many members were in recovery! 

          It was humor that many of them played upon themselves but the truth within that chant was palpable.  Christ had given them a new purpose in life other than their former drug of choice. 

          They could laugh about their past lives because they now had brand news ones!  The tale as big as a kite was rewriting a new narrative, one that was a one hundred and eighty-degree reversal from their past. 

          The world has never gotten over the Christ-child.  He gives every life new purpose. 

          And, never we mind about the kind of recovery we’re overcoming!  It does not matter!

            Whether it is grief, vengeance, broken relationships, cynicism, hardening of the heart, an actual drug of choice or even a physical impediment, when Christ touches a heart, new purpose is born and nothing else will satisfy. 

          We were born for God’s house!  The world and culture may have interrupted us for a season, but they will not have the final word. 



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