Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Commentary on "The Dark Side of the First Christmas" by Robert Arakaki

On Christmas Eve, I read an article that really resonated with me: "The Dark Side of the First Christmas" by Robert Arakaki.

Arakaki began by describing the elements many associate with Christmas: the scent of pine, happy songs, children excited with anticipation, Christmas shopping, eggnog, candy canes, twinkling lights, etc.

There's nothing wrong with these elements, although some people do feel out of step if they aren't "feeling it."

But maybe the people feeling "less merry and bright" have more in common with the nativity than those full of Christmas cheer.

Arakaki elaborates on the each of these: Joseph's doubt, Mary's illegitimate pregnancy and its potential scandal, Jesus being born into occupation territory and having no rights as a Roman citizen, his political refugee status (flight into Egypt), Herod's paranoia, the slain children,

Jesus is born into a dark world bringing a promise of resurrection. So maybe the ultimate Christmas message is this:

"So evil murderous rulers, political refugees, grieving mothers, brave fathers are all part of the Christmas story.  They represent the dark side of Christmas often overlooked.  Let us remember that our suffering and the sufferings of the world are among those “light affliction” which God even now might be working for great and unimagined Glory."

 Arakaki's article reminded me that we don't pack Christmas away with the tinsel and lights; we use them as props to welcome the True Light into our hearts and then carry Him with us into a weary world.

Read the full article here: http://blogs.ancientfaith.com/orthodoxbridge/the-dark-side-of-christmas/#comment-28498

Christ is Born! Let us Glorify Him!

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