Christmas is my favorite time of year. There is always a distinct shift in the atmosphere, a sense of anticipation and an awareness of peace that often overshadows any adverse circumstances I may be experiencing. I can also recall a time when Christmas was more about celebrating the birth of Christ, and gifts were more to commemorate the ultimate Gift and the Giver. Yet, how many times over the years have I declared that I am not feeling the “Christmas spirit?”
Unfortunately, some will not experience the peace, warmth and joy that come with celebrating that glorious and mystical event. And a holiday that is suppose to bring the conclusive message of hope and peace for all mankind, sadly and ironically, will trigger depression, hopelessness, aloneness, or a heightened awareness of lack for many. Because it is such an intimate time for friends and family, it can also be a painful reminder of the love we have lost and what once was.
So, as I am writing this, I am wondering, could it be that these feelings are actually revealing of the first Christmas? Have we lost sight of the painful part of the message of Christ and God’s indescribable gift?” Following the angel Gabriel announcement to Mary that she was to be the mother of Jesus, nothing was normal or comfortable for her and Joseph. Mary was accused of been unfaithful and endured malicious gossips. We could say it was a joyous, but nevertheless painful time for her. She and Joseph had to flee the comfort of home to protect our Lord from Herod. And where was the Merry Christmas for the Messiah? He became human to suffer indignity and pain for our salvation, and the hope of heaven.
There is no doubt the message and the significance of Christmas have been mangled by a “gimme” culture and political correctness. It has been distorted for commercial gains, misrepresented to appease religions and pacify atheism, and in so doing we have devalued the greatest gift of all—Christ. So this Christmas, as you reflect on the gift and sacrifice of this supreme love, remember to say “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)
So if you do not get extravagant gifts or invitations to fancy parties, do not allow Christmas to become a reminder of what you have lost or what is missing, and do not allow loneliness and depression to overshadow the greatest love of all. For while we cannot stuff Christ in a box and wrapped Him with ribbons, we carry Him year ‘round in our hearts and He never stop giving undeserved grace to see us through loneliness. This supreme gift was not thoughtlessly chosen or casually given. Therefore, if you find yourself alone or feeling lonely during the holiday season, remember that our Father’s timing was perfect when He sent Christ, and at the right time He will respond to your needs. So do not give up hope or compromise your peace for what the world has to offer. The Messiah is available all year-round to pour into every aspect of your life. He has promised that He will never leave you or forsake you, and that He will always be there with you. And He cannot lie.
Thank you for your support during 2015. I wish you joy, love and many blessings in the years to come!