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December 8, 2016, 2:32 PM

Some of the Moods of Christmas ' #1Curiosity


Some of the Moods of Christmas

#1 Curiosity


   Our Christian faith begins with one brief word … “Jesus”, and our entire Christian journey is an attempt to discover the meaning of that brief word as it applies to our daily living. Twice in the past ten days I was in two airports and enjoyed watching how they were encouraging travelers to get in the Christmas spirit. Especially in the Orlando airport, Disney is everywhere and the characters and store fronts are decorated in the Christmas tradition. Seeing all of those decorations could beg the question, “Are you getting your shopping for Christmas done early?” And someone will say, “I’m not in the mood for Christmas!”

   The moods of Christmas are many. It is a time for giving. It is a time for sharing. It is a time for generosity. It is a time for sacrifice. One of the moods I see in the Christmas story is “curiosity.” “Where is the newborn King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the far-off eastern lands and have come to worship Him” (Matthew 2:2). It was the mood of curiosity that prompted the wise men to travel. Curiosity is a part of the stuff of life. I suspect that all scientific discovery has its rootage in curiosity, in the questions that are prompted by a sense of wonder! The stars in the sky represented order in the ancient world. So when something new, different, and brilliant appeared one night in the heavens, the Wise Men wondered about it, and they responded to it.

   We could even say that the Wise Men were researchers. They were looking for new truth. They were open-minded. They were curious. I believe it is true, that curiosity is also necessary for growth, for discovery, for learning. Curiosity is defined as, “A desire to learn or know.”

   So, we could say that the Wise Men were open-minded. Being open-minded is one of the keys to life, and certainly one of the keys to spiritual growth. I am glad that here in this Christmas story, in this little interlude, there is this note of curiosity to encourage you and to encourage me to be open minded, big spirited, never narrow or restricted when it comes to new truths.

   It is not always necessary or even desirable that we all agree on any given issue! But agree or not, all of us should strive to be open-minded, open to new truth, curious about new initiatives and willing to learn about new things, because this is how we grow and stretch and reach higher.

   Do we really expect anything of significance to happen as we observe Advent and Christmas this year? Do we really expect only to be tired, rushed, pushed, pressed, and broke when it is all over? Why not be a bit curious this year and ask the Wise Men’s question: “Where is the newborn King …?” 12.04.2016

Dr. Rick Baggett is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore (the church with the bells) and can be reached at:    


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