A note from Jamie Howison – This article was originally published by the Collegeville Institute in Bearings Online. It was a part of a series called “Encounters with God,” consisting of essays written by several participants in the Institute’s summer 2015 writing workshop, “Apart,Yet A Part.”
In the world in which I grew up, the existence of God was never in doubt. In my family and my church, God simply was. With our daily recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, classroom Bible readings, and annual Christmas nativity pageant, even my public elementary school reinforced that assumption. “You are not to use ‘X-mas’ as an abbreviation for ‘Christmas’,” our grade five teacher cautioned us. “It crosses the ‘Christ’ out of ‘Christmas’.”
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