Picture this: You are sitting out on a hillside at night watching over your flock of sheep. Millions of stars illuminate the cloudless night. It is so still out in the countryside that the slightest sound can be heard for miles. It’s cold so you and your do-workers are sitting near the fire talking about this and that. It’s a perfect ending to a good day.
Suddenly, the night sky is lit up by and unearthly light. You jump to your feet and look up. A shining figure in the sky is looking back at you. In that moment you would have to know that something significant was about to happen.
At the Advent season, there is a question that presents itself and demands an answer. It is a question that must be answered by every age and generation. The question is this: “Who is this Child?” Who is this Child whose birth gave rise to a holiday that is celebrated all over the world? Who is this Child that has sparked so much controversy and debate? Who is this Child that some faithfully adhere to and others despise? We don’t have to go far to find the answer.
In response to my post regarding Halloween, a reader posted a comment concerning other holiday practices that have their roots in pagan traditions. I felt his insights needed to be addressed as there may be others with similar concerns.