About ten years ago I recall a minister’s Christmas party we had in New England where we were encouraged to share humorous or touching Christmas experiences. The funniest experience and one that many of my male friends can identify with happened this way:
A fellow pastor shared that one year he was leading a Christmas Eve Service. It was a solemn part of the service and he was singing, “Do you see what I see?” in his powerful and very earnest baritone voice. As he was singing he tried to make eye contact with the people but noticed many of them with their heads down and others were trying to cover their uncontrollable smiles. Some were actually laughing out loud in a quiet sort of way. What was possibly so funny about this serious song during a time of worship? Inside his heart he was a bit miffed by their disrespect.
After he took his seat in the pew he quickly realized that he had failed to properly close (zip up) up a particular item on his trousers. The question he repeated often throughout the song “Do you see what I see?” seemed to bring recurrent attention to the all too visible problem!