Some specialty cakes are served with a small token of some kind to represent the Christ Child. Others are shaped to remind us of the baby in swaddling clothes.
That may have been the goal but what happens when your cake comes out of the oven looking more like Herod on a rampage? People so easily get the wrong idea!
The same is true of the letter ‘X.’ It is not a sign of the devil, the unknown or a bad test score. When it is used in the word Xmas, the Greek letter x is the first letter of Xristos, meaning Christ
Using the abbreviation allowed the writers to use less parchment. After a while, some people thought the X stood for the St. Andrew’s cross. Others took on the idea that Christ was too sacred and they should only use the short form of X.
Then it came to us and we decided that it was a wicked way to spell Christmas. How little do we know?
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, X died for us. (Romans 5:8, with apologies to the NIV)
Prayer – Lord, forgive us for our constant and hasty conclusions about any and everything. Amen