There's that old prompt for story writing: the 5W's and a H. It reminds writers to include the who, what, where, when, why, and how into a story. Because really that's the stuff we want to know.
It makes a story complete.
However, right now, I'm just thinking about two of those. This season I've been trying to concentrate on just the why and how of Christmas.
For I can easily focus on the Who of Christmas, the What of Christmas, the Where of Christmas, and roughly the When of Christmas. But sometimes in the quiet of the day, it is really good for me to remember the why and the how of Christmas. These are the verses I ponder this season...
Why of Christmas -
"And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him.
And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,
'The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD.'
And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down;
and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
And He began to say to them,
'Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.'"
Why? HIS LOVE
How of Christmas -
"Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
who, although He existed in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
but emptied Himself,
taking the form of a bond-servant,
and being made in the likeness of men.
Being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross."
How? HIS HUMILITY
His Love and humbleness.
That is something I want to keep remembering this Christmas season.
Merry Christmas to you all!