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Yo! Did You Sleep Late Yesterday? Luke 2:22-40

There will be no "grownups" in heaven.

Okay, admit it -- how many of you actually slept late yesterday morning?

It goes without saying, of course, that anyone with kids between the ages of 2 and 12 was routed out of a warm, comfy bed somewhere between 4 and 6 a.m. In fact, depending on the number of bicycles and basketball backboards and entire computer systems you had to assemble on Christmas Eve, you might not have gotten to sleep at all.

Did those of you without young children have to depend on an alarm clock to get going on Christmas morning? Don't all of us - - whatever our age -- get a little goose-bumpy, inner-smile thrill at the thought: "It's Christmas!" and want to get out of bed and get going? On Christmas morning we are all children, anxious to enter the experiences awaiting us on this magical day.

Children and childhood receive such mixed messages in postmodern culture. On one hand we speak of childhood in hallowed yet wistful tones as the most precious, amazing time in life. Our culture makes a big deal...

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