In C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, there is a scene where we find the children standing fearful and confused in a land that is frozen and nearly lifeless. A lamppost stands somberly in a windless forest that is blanketed with snow and the few creatures the children do encounter are frightened and paranoid.
By way of explanation, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver tell the kids that Narnia is under the spell of an evil witch. Every day is as if it is “always winter but never Christmas.” This is the dreadful description of life under the White Witch’s rule.
But no it’s not the witch. The driver of the sleigh is a giant of a man dressed all in red and white. It is Father Christmas! “I have broken through at last,” he says. “She has kept me out for a long time, but her magic is weakening. Aslan is on the move! A merry Christmas! Long live the true King!”
Today, do you shiver as you try to shelter yourself from the freezing winds of nightly news? Palestine and Israel: Always winter but never Christmas. Syrian, Iraq and Iran: Always winter but never Christmas. “Stimulus” spending and national debt: Always winter and never Christmas. Ferguson and New York City: Always winter but never Christmas. ISIS and the beheading of Christians, Boko Haram and the enslaving of children, international sex trafficking, Islamic intolerance, Sharia oppression, political arrogance, government corruption and religious hypocrisy: Always winter but never Christmas… This list seems endless.
But, remember there’s better news! News of long ago when light shined on the hills of Bethlehem and Christmas arrived in a stable under the stars. “Do not be afraid,” cries Christmas. “Winter has begun to melt away, I have broken through at last. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a savior who is Christ the Lord. And the government shall be upon His shoulders and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, King of kings and Lord of lords! Of His kingdom there will be no end. He will reign with justice and righteousness forever!”
Glory to God in the highest! Peace on earth and good will toward all men and Merry Christmas!