Non - Dog Training related Christmas message to my Christian friends and readers:
While there are differing theological views regarding the origin of this holiday, some with which I agree and some with which I do not, I think it wise to set that aside and remember why we, as Christians, claim to observe this holiday. While we may disagree on the Scriptural support for the observance of this day, it is clear the reason for this holiday, Christ, is the center of our faith. It is not clear, at least from my reading of the Bible, if the early church observed Christ's birth, or any other birth for that matter. It is however, clear that without Christ, we are lost.
So, my fellow Christians, I encourage you to ponder this:
"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. ( And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was Governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem;(because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was , while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for him in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the Glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel of the Lord said unto them, Fear not: for behold I bring you tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David is a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:1-11 (KJV)
I am not a theologian...... but.... it does seem that if we chose to observe Christmas, the above passage is worthy of consideration. Our Savior, Jesus Christ's life, death and resurrection is the reason for our faith. So perhaps we should spend a little time thinking of this particular passage of scripture and its impact on our lives. The parties, time with family, gifts, etc. are not bad but, the real reason we claim to celebrate on this holiday is the birth of our Savior!
I realize that has little to do with dog training. Christmas is however, widely viewed as a Christian Holiday so, I felt compelled to put it in perspective.