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by John Collings

Before the world was created, the Father set forth his plan. In eternity past he conceived us. Every encounter with anything in our lives is a manifestation of the Father. Both good and evil came from him. He is sovereign, in control.

We look to Christmas and Easter and can see that many of our traditions evolved out of pagan worship, or seemingly godless customs. We might think ourselves irreverent to celebrate the birth of Christ in the midst of frivolousness and impiety.

Cease your striving and know the truth. Before tradition, before custom, before religiousness, before piety . . . God was. He is. He will be.

The Christmas trees, Father Christmas, the exchanging of gifts, feasts, carols, are only parables. For "while seeing they do not see, and while hearing, they do not hear, nor do they understand." These things do not come from pagan tradition, they were given to the pagan that the Father's "eternal power and nature might be seen and understood". These things were given for us and there cannot be too many ways for God to make himself known.

Christ came that we might have abundant life, but it was not his birth in the stable that was his coming. That was only the heralding of his coming in the flesh. "He was in the beginning with God."

Individually we know Him only as He is born within the manger of our hearts.