Short Bus Insights-Christmas Ain’t Over

Posted: January 7, 2014 in Uncategorized
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School Bus 6

 

 

After only one day back, it is clear that the Pre-K students and the teachers had one major similarity, they were still in Christmas Break mode.

Usually by now the Christmas cheer has faded away.  Decorations have been placed back in storage awaiting the next season.  Toys gotten for Christmas have already been broken, lost, or discarded.  Any signs of a “living” tree are long since gone.  There has even been another holiday to celebrate, New Years.  So how could Christmas survive?

Let me tell you that Christmas mode was not the only thing the Pre-k bus riders were in, they actually had Christmas cheer!  Yes, the bus was echoing the carols and songs of Christmas.  The songs they sang included, but were not limited to, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Jingle Bells, and Jingle Bell Rock.

This slightly perplexed me.  I began to wonder what is was about Christmas that the students really resonated with so much.  It obviously wasn’t the presents, because not one of them actually told me what they got for Christmas.  They simply burst into song like a Disney movie.  I don’t think they truly understand or resonate with the true meaning of Christmas either.  At least, I didn’t hear Away in a Manger or The First Noel being sung.  And it is hard to truly be appreciative for Jesus at such an early age of maturity.  It wasn’t just the decorations.  As I dropped each student off there were little to no signs that Christmas had ever come to the house.

So what is it?  What is it about Christmas that really sticks with a child?  Of course, I have a thought on what it could be.

Christmas is a time where community happens.  Families from far away try hard to be with one another.  A family in the community needs help with presents or food for Christmas dinner and the community rallies around them to provide a happy Christmas.  Is this not what true community really is?

At the beginning of the Christian church this is the picture we get in Acts.

Acts 2:42-47 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

Acts 4:32-37 “Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”

The early church knew nothing except true community.  They could not see or understand the apostles’ teaching and not create this type of community where “there was not a needy person among them.”  They took care of one another every day.  Not one day a year.

Children love community.  It is hard to find a child, even if the child is overly shy, that does not like to be around people that they know loves them and cares about them.  As we grow older we see that the world is not as perfect as we imagined in our childish days, so we form to the imperfection.  Instead of standing out, being different, we become like the world and it is only through Christ that we can be changed.

We celebrate this at Christmas time by celebrating the coming of Jesus, but why is this sense of community only practiced once a year?

Maybe we all need to take a page out of the Pre-K book of Christmas and learn to have the cheer, the togetherness, the community that should be had by all Christians, all year.

What part of the true community in Acts do you need to remember this year?  What part of Christmas community could you enforce in your household that lasted more than a month?

It is not just children that crave this type of community.  It is all people.  Even the ones that live in the wildernesses of Alaska, Montana, and Wyoming.  Even the ones that have tried to escape human contact desire to experience true community.

Do not be afraid to show it all year.  Be true community.

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