Christmas, oh dear, another round of shopping when I am already spent. I had better start making my list. Christmas has become over the years both a time of excitement on one hand and oh me, oh my, what am I going to do this year to top last on the other. What has happened to change things so drastically? What was meant to be a sacred time has become a commercial time; a time when we don’t expect to be peaceful because of the greatest gift we have ever received, but a time to get through because we know we are going to be exhausted when things settle down and we probably won’t get the things we really wanted in the first place.
What did you just say – the things we wanted? Maybe it just might be the time to fall on our knees and ask forgiveness of the One whose birthday it is. Isn’t He the one who should be pleased? Isn’t He the one who should be smiling knowing that He is loved beyond measure? The season more usually in this day recalls:
Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat,
It’s time to put a penny in an old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny, a half-penny will do.
If you haven’t got a half-penny, God bless you!
We may certainly exhibit the gift of giving when it comes to the poor because we have been made to feel by all the people we confront that if we don’t we are really like Scrooge and none of us want to wear that title. However, the most important thing we have to remember on Christmas Day is that Jesus, our Lord and Savior, was born and given to us as a gift from the Father; an eternal promise that gives and gives and will never cease. Do we have what it takes to receive that gift with a thankful heart and put aside for even one day our own selfish desires?
Our world has, since the beginning of time, known both its good and bad days. It is almost as if we expect them not to be 100% perfect and yet that is what our Father had in mind when He created His children: a world of happy, loving children who would love their Heavenly Father. We surely have missed the mark. Is there a way to return to a simple, child-like faith; to come to our Father and tell Him what is going on in our lives and to ask for another chance to be the beloved children that He has always wanted? I, for one, surely hope so.
If we were to sit down and count the things we take for granted and rarely consider we would have more than enough to be thankful for, but the most important thing to remember at this season of the year is that God, our Father, sent His only begotten Son to the earth to show us the way to live, to prosper and to be a blessing to others. Most of us cannot deny the fact that we have prospered, but do we ever think about whether we have been a blessing? I know that is what I desire to be more than anything else in this world.
As this year approaches its end lets not give up, but rather try to give our very best to show the One who loves us just how much we love Him. Let us celebrate His creation by sharing with one another, both those we know and those we don’t, the great and over abundant love that He has endowed us with. And while we are at it, lets don’t just whisper, but let us shout it out– Christ the Lord was born today!
As with gladness men of old did the guiding star behold;
As with joy they hailed its light, leading onward, beaming bright;
So, most gracious God, may we evermore be led by Thee.