Devotional - Christmas Eve

By Mark Hatfield, Calais Congregational Church 


Regardless of what we do or don't believe, we all deserve—if we want—to feel we have as much right as the most “pious” person in town to include some church in our Christmas Eve.

Why? Simple as pie. The spirit of Christmas is—Thanks Goodness!—more grand, generous, good-spirited, humane and beautiful than the religion of all of Christianity’s too many churches.

The irresistibly infectious Spirit of Christmas is a global phenomenon casting its spell on everyone.

Awakening, particularly on Christmas Eve, the better parts of all of us. Feeling safe, in that moment, we let our guard down. We are more generous, accepting and nostalgic than usual. On Christmas Eve, more than any other time in the year, we may even want to go to church. If that happens, then please give yourself permission to slide into the church of your choice. The Spirit of Christmas isn't the least bit judgmental. And, trust me, contrary to rumor, never in history have the walls of any church fallen down because someone happened to enter. 

So if you are in the mood this Christmas Eve, then walk right in and sit right down in one of our town’s churches. While you bask in the group's combined Christmas cheer, make sure you let yourself feel you have just as much a right to be there as anyone else. Let the children's' excitement raise your spirit, and words in songs like these comfort your soul.

Once upon a time, in a far off land wise men saw 

a sign and set out across the sand.

They chased a brand new star, when it came to rest,

 they scarce believed their eyes.  

  This miracle they prized was nothing but a child.

Nothing but a child could wash those tears away.

Or guide a weary world into the light of day. 

Now all around the world, in every little town, 

everyday is heard a precious little sound

And every mother kind and every father proud

Looks down in awe to find another chance allowed.


Have a Merry Christmas.