Bryant & Rhonda Owens

Dear Clintwood Baptist Church Family,

The Christmas Season is upon us. For some reading this, it is a dreaded time. Business swirls the holiday with parties, cookies, shopping, travel, tired kids, awkward family guests, cleaning and hosting.

Christmas was not always this way.

The church used to see Christmas as just another day, a day of remembrance for sure, but the focus was never on us and parties or fun. The commercialism of the season did not materialize until the 20th century with the help of Madison Avenue. Advertising agencies and retailers embraced the popularity of Christmas as a way to boost their profit margins. Christians have fallen into this trap all too often.

Please do not misunderstand me. I love the traditions my family has embraced over the years at Christmas time. Advent at our home is a family devotion that our children look forward to each year. Rhonda makes wonderful cookies and fudge that warms my heart (and stomach). Cutting down that perfect Christmas tree brings fond memories for me as I remember Logan carrying the saw through the tree farm near our home.

But this year, I am drawn to a new tradition in my own personal devotion time. I am pondering the implications of the Incarnation. The idea that an omnipotent God became human while still being fully divine for the sake of people who did not care for him is deeper and wider than most realize at first mention. Incarnation.

Mary expressed her emotions beautifully in Luke 1:35-55. The Magnificat is her song of joy at the realization that God was in her, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. She was grateful for being chosen to be part of something impossible. Something unimaginable. Something incomprehensible.


It is something that all Christians must consider and ponder. Without the incarnation, all of mankind would have been lost, doomed to eternal punishment and separation from God.

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!

Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

—    Psalm 34:8

And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. — Luke 1:50

I encourage us all to ponder the wonderful idea of Incarnation this Christmas season. It is a truth that is too often taken for granted.

Merry Christmas everyone, may our Lord Jesus Christ bless you.

In HIS Grip,

Pastor Bryant


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