Sigh. It’s over. Once again, after weeks of cooking and consuming, adoring and adorning, giving and getting, wrapping and unwrapping, Christmas has left the building. It’s always a little sad for me, this time of year. The “magic of Christmas” is gone and I’m left with more debt to pay and more weight to lose as I stare January in the face.
Life would be really, really depressing if that really was all we were left with on December 26th, wouldn’t it? But, even in the “bleak midwinter” I’m reminded that as a believer, Christmas is really not a once a year thing. It’s not something that I spend a month celebrating and then put away for another year. Even though the world may have turned it into something else, the whole point of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Well, isn’t that something worth celebrating every day?
Christmas gifts are given to represent the gifts given to Jesus by “wise men” and as a reminder that Christ is God’s gift to our dying world. But, don’t we exchange gifts of our love and time all year long as a reflection of His love?
Then, there are all of those festive Christmas carols; anthems rejoicing the coming of a newborn King. When you think about it, though, aren’t Christmas carols just another type of praise and worship song, not unlike those we sing along with at church and on the radio?
In December, we appoint our homes with decorations, nativity scenes, lights and trees. But, our homes are dedicated to the Lord and a beacon of his light throughout the year, aren’t they?
When the angel announced Jesus’ birth to the shepherds, he didn’t say. “I bring you good news of great joy that will be celebrated once a year on December 25.” No, the good news of his birth, life, death and resurrection should give us great joy all of the time.
So, let’s pray for one another. Pray that the Lord will give each one of us a heart that is in Christmas mode all year long; that we will be bearers of the Good News of Emmanuel, God with Us, to a world so desperately need of hope; and, that we will have daily opportunities to give and receive the gifts of kindness, compassion and grace in response to the good gifts our Lord has given us.
I have been working at WBFJ since September 2004 when God threw me out of the boat I was riding in and set me on a new and wonderful course. I love co-hosting the morning show, although the lack of sleep does make me a bit loopy at times.
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