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“Believe” is a word I’ve seen on Christmas items such as pillows. But believe what? Believe in a jolly, fat old man in a red and white suit who delivers presents to all the good little boys and girls? That’s a fun thing to do, isn’t it?
But how about believing in the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the son of God? Now that’s something to really believe in!
After all, the Holy Bible in Romans 10: 9-11 says, “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Given recent news, I am led to say The Apostles’ Creed is really a statement of beliefs, not a prayer. In part, it says, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ…I believe in the Holy Spirit.”
If people don’t believe all of what it says, then those people don’t need to say it. That’s my belief on that!
A couple of weeks ago I attended my sister’s church and heard her and the choir sing a beautiful anthem of stated beliefs called “An Advent Credo,” written by Joseph M. Martin. Here are some of the words: “I believe in joy. I believe in the promise of morning. I believe that Christ will come and wipe our tears away. I believe in hope. I believe in life everlasting. I believe that Christ will come and bring a bright new day. Lord, in my heart I believe…I believe in peace. I believe in a song of tomorrow. I believe that Christ will come and war shall be no more. I believe in love. I believe in the grace that unites us. I believe that Christ will come in glory from above. I believe in joy…hope…peace…love. Lord, I believe, I believe.”
This Christmas season, what do you believe?
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.