Bringing the Text to Life

Belonging to Jesus Romans 1:1-7

Belonging to Jesus

Christ invites us to belong to him; Christmas means he belongs to us as well.

At a Glance

Do you have a horde of relatives coming for Christmas? If so, you might be glad to be alone when it's all over. But generally, we're built to live in community, and Christmas is not a time when we want to be alone. In fact, God does not want us to be alone, and our text tells us that we're "called to belong."

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "A Boy Named Jesus," December 23, 2007, at

Who wants to be alone at Christmas?

No one, unless it's a choice between being alone or entertaining relatives like Cousin Eddie and family in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1 and 2).

If there's one thing that will happen across America this week, it's the gathering of family members and friends to "have Christmas" together. Whether you're observing the religious significance of the day or not, there's widespread agreement that "Christmas isn't Christmas" if you're alone through it all.

Some might argue that these gatherings are simply...

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