Saturday, December 6, 2008

How a Reformer Viewed Christmas

Christianity Today features a timely article by Paul L. Maier, "Celebrating Advent with Martin Luther." Maier demonstrates Luther's love for Christmas through excerpts from several of Luther's sermons. Introducing the excerpts Maier observes,
One of [Luther's students] wrote that as Christmas approached, Luther grew increasingly cheerful: "All his words and songs and thoughts concerned the incarnation of our Lord. Then he sighed and said, 'Oh, we poor people that we should be so cold and indifferent to this great joy that has been given us. For this is indeed the greatest gift, which far exceeds all else that God has created. Yet we believe so sluggishly, even though the angels proclaim and preach and sing, and their lovely song sums up the whole Christian faith, for 'Glory to God in the highest' is the very heart of worship."
Read the entire article. It makes good Advent meditation and can be added to our list of suggested Seasons Readings. The article also recommends a book that I wasn't familiar with, but looks very interesting, Martin Luther's Christmas Book, by Roland H. Bainton, Luther's biographer. Happy reading!