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A Twinge of Nostalgia

We must live in the present in order to seize the future God has planned for us.

One wintry day the children put a top hat on their snowman, and, in a spell of Christmas magic, he came to life.

Frosty the Snowman showed those children the time of their lives. With Frosty, the sleds would slide farther than they'd ever slid before. With Frosty, they could play out all day long and not get cold in the snow. With Frosty, shopping was ever so much more fun than it was with Mom and Dad.

Then one day the weather got warmer, and along came a gust of wind that blew off Frosty's hat. The spell was broken and Frosty the Snowman had to hurry away. He waved goodbye and said, "Don't you cry. I'll be back again some day." The song continues, "(Thumpity-thump-thump, thumpity-thump-thump) Look at Frosty go / (Thumpity-thump-thump, thumpity-thump-thump) over the fields of snow."

The children in the song are like the disciples in the story. The disciples also had been with someone who had made them feel more alive than they'd ever felt before. With Jesus, life was a miracle a minute. With Jesus, they could do anything their hearts desired. Yet one day Jesus was taken up out of their sight into heaven, and they were left to live with a burning memory and a future promise. He waved good-by and said, "Don't you cry. I'll be back again some day."

Many people handle life by living in nostalgia.

The children in the song and the disciples in the story are like us on this the Sunday after Christmas. The magic is fading; the spell is broken. Our loved ones are waving goodbye. The tree is going to come down soon, if it hasn't already. The tinsel will go into the trash. The diet will begin.

Yet it is on this day, the Sunday after Christmas, that you and I are perhaps in the best position of any Sunday of the year ...

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. Many people handle life by living in nostalgia

II. If you are not living in the present, you are not living anywhere

III. The departure of Jesus does not translate into his abandonment of us

IV. See the future from God's perspective

Conclusion