Merry Christmas to you all! I hope that wherever you are and whatever you’re doing today, you are blessed. You may be tired after planning for the holiday, or with all the shopping, parties, and visits from family and friends. If this is the case, count yourself abundantly blessed.
As Christians, we know that today is the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But are we truly taking time to celebrate Him?
This year more than ever, when speaking with family and friends, I’ve found that the Christmas cheer just isn’t what it used to be. Many people are burned out from heightened expectations, negative experiences in prior years, or are just too stressed to do much celebrating. But what is required to celebrate Christmas? Trees, ornaments, lights? Gifts, stockings, and meals? In reality, none of these is necessary. Christmas Day may be the day many people celebrate the loudest or are most obvious, but we truly celebrate all year long! When we are grateful and express our love and thankfulness to the Lord for the gift of eternal life; when we speak to God daily and keep Him at the forefront of our lives; when we live for Him and share His love and His Word with others: in these moments we are celebrating the gift we received because Christ was born.
As someone who deeply loves not only the Lord but also the holiday season, and with Christmas being the pinnacle of the season, I love all the traditions old and new that accompany this time of year! But it’s a slippery slope when we wrap ourselves too deeply in the glitz of the season, rather than in it’s true meaning. Christmas is about the gift we were given in Christ, and we give gifts as a way of remembering that, and sharing our love with those we have been blessed to have in our lives.
When was the last time you read the Christmas story? Not the funny television movie, but the story from the Bible? When someone speaks of the Christmas spirit, and the joy of the season, I can think of no greater thing than what it must have been like to witness the birth of our Savior. Can you imagine? And understanding what His birth meant then, and what it still means now, is a powerful concept. The joy in our hearts should be the joy of sharing love, and doing so in whatever form that comes in for you. God is love, and this Christmas and all Christmases to come, I hope you take time out of the hustle and bustle to remember the true reason for the season and the greatest gift the world has ever known.
Cheerfully in Christ,