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DANGER WRAPPED IN SWADDLING CLOTHES

by Ted Schmidt

"We have not captured the meaning of biblical words in our present day sermons and lectures until it as dangerous in our situation to speak them as it was for the original biblical spokesman."
Ernst Fuchs

All over the Christian world families will gather this year at that most precious time, Christmas. It seems not to matter to most in the secular world that Christmas has lost much of its religious meaning. It is still that period of deep emotional connection when adults, no matter what their station or occupation in life, happily conjure up deep-felt memories of warmth, acceptance and love. Inevitably we recall the falling snow, the decorations on the tree, the aroma of turkey and the sound of Christmas carols. Christians often conjure the warm memory of midnight mass in a church festooned with branches of fir and cedar, and the whole assembly singing Silent Night.

     All over this frozen land ordinary people make a beeline for a hearth of some kind, a welcome protective womb from the
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