Buck and Sawyer Matoushek
Love and Dirt
Christmas is a messy holiday. Evergreen trees drop needles that migrate throughout the house. Bits of giftwrap stray into remote corners of the living room. Dirty dishes multiply on the kitchen counter. If children are present, at least one sticky, abandoned candy cane is sure to surface as we tidy up after our loved ones leave.
Yet nobody says, "Let's just skip Christmas this year. The cleanup is too big a job." We all know that love can be messy.
That's why it's appropriate that Christmas entails some clutter. After all, we're celebrating the arrival on earth of God as Man to do some very messy business. Christ was born in a dirty barn, He died nailed to a cross, and He was resurrected from a cave. Tidiness is not a feature of the gospel.
God got dirty so we could become clean. That's worth celebrating.
9 God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.1 John 4:9-10 (NLT)