Thursday, December 21, 2006

Christmas Conversations

Last Friday night Catriona and I headed out with our hubby's for a meal together. We had a great night, good company and good chat. The usual conversation ensued about how we would spend our respective Christmas days. This developed into a discussion on how it can sometimes be difficult to make good conversation with family members and friends who are generally only seen at Christmas, particularly if they are unbelievers. Yesterday, Justin Taylor linked to Donald Whitney's site, Spiritual Disciplines, where he offers 10 practical questions to get the conversation flowing. Whitney writes:

"Here's a list of questions designed not only to kindle a conversation in almost any Christmas situation, but also to take the dialogue gradually to a deeper level. Use them in a private conversation or as a group exercise, with believers or unbelievers, with strangers or with family.
  1. What's the best thing that's happened to you since last Christmas?
  2. What was your best Christmas ever? Why?
  3. What's the most meaningful Christmas gift you've ever received?
  4. What was the most appreciated Christmas gift you've ever given?
  5. What was your favorite Christmas tradition as a child?
  6. What is your favorite Christmas tradition now?
  7. What do you do to try to keep Christ in Christmas?
  8. Why do you think people started celebrating the birth of Jesus?
  9. Do you think the birth of Jesus deserves such a nearly worldwide celebration?
  10. Why do you think Jesus came to earth?"
May your Christmas conversation be fruitful, a blessing and glorifying to the Saviour.

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