Inclusive Christmas

December 8th, 2017

Group Reading

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie

One- May you have the gladness of Christmas All- which is hope.
One- The spirit of Christmas
All- which is peace

One- The heart of Christmas
All- which is love. ~ Ada V Hendricks

Quotes & Readings

“The title role (in Passion of the Christ) is played by Jim Caviezel, a dark-haired, blue-eyed star whose brooding good looks have been compared to those of Montgomery Clift. He doesn’t exactly fit the archaeological evidence that the average man of Jesus’ day was about 5 feet 3 inches tall and a bantamlike 110 pounds. Given the harsh conditions, especially for working stiffs like the members of Jesus’ family, combined with Jesus’ ascetic lifestyle, which included walking everywhere, scholars agree that he was most likely a rather sinewy peasant, as tough as a root and about as appealing.” ~ David Gibson, What Did Jesus Really Look Like (NYT)

“Since Jesus’ hair and coloring couldn’t be determined from the scans, Neave used drawings, dated back to the first century, that had been found at multiple archaeological sites to confirm that an Israeli man in Jesus’ time would have been dark-eyed and dark-skinned. Jewish custom of the time also indicates that he would have been bearded. Another departure from traditional depictions of Jesus came from the Bible itself: while he is typically shown with long hair, a Bible passage from Paul describes long hair on a man to be a “disgrace” – not exactly something Jesus’ most devoted disciple would have said about his master. The tall, thin figure depicted in paintings is also likely inaccurate. Analysis of skeletal remains from the time indicate that Jesus would have been about 5′′1′, 110 pounds, and fairly muscular due to his profession as a carpenter.” ~ Jesus Is that You? The Image of Christ Revealed https://manstruth.com/2015/12/19/jesus-is-that-you-the-image-of-christ-revealed/

Seed of Care

“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.” ~ Steve Maraboli

Say together: I am living the heart of Christmas, which is love. 

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