Merry Christmas! I just finished watching one of Hollywood’s Christmas classics, The Bishop’s Wife, and I can’t imagine where my brain flew off to the first two or twenty times I saw it! The last thirty seconds of that little black-and-white movie present, to me, the best Christmas sermon ever delivered. On second thought, perhaps my subconscious was listening better than I realized! Anyway...
David Niven, the bishop, reads a sermon written by an angel. He references the gifts given by the Magi, updates that giving to the sort of things we give one another nowadays, then brings up our tradition of stockings, each stocking bearing one person’s name and brimming with things that one special person will enjoy. Then the bishop closes by asking who, of the millions of families hanging stockings, has made a stocking for Jesus? He tells his congregation to hang a stocking for Jesus.
So the question is, what will each one of us pledge to give Jesus for his stocking on his birthday? Good luck to all of us on accomplishing the most important birthday present of all. For all the talk by the Religious about putting the Christ back in Christmas, from what my limited intelligence can tell, this sure seems like the best way to do it. What do you think?