Merry Christmas! I hope all of you are celebrating with friends and family. I know I am. You see, Christmas has evolved and changed for me over the years, but the core reason behind Christmas has always stayed the same. Unfortunately, many celebrate without really knowing the significance behind it.
While the world celebrates Santa Claus and the time of year for joy and presents, those who are Christians also know that it’s so much more than that. For us, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Savior. Year after year, children recite the story about the baby, born of a virgin, and how the shepherds and wise men traveled to see him. We sing carols and hymn giving glory to God.
Meanwhile, we rush to and fro to store after store in search of the perfect gift, and many go into debt in the process. It’s supposed to be a time of peace, but instead we have road rage and packages being stolen from people’s houses. In all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be easy to lose sight of why we even do all this to begin with.
God with us. If we really truly believed that, would we get as frustrated at the long check out lines? If we knew God was with us right in this moment, would we have the joy and peace that should surround us all the time, not just at Christmas. Jesus came so that we could have salvation and healing and peace all the time. His presence is daily, not seasonal. Even if it’s just a moment, let’s make time to remember that Jesus is the reason for this, not ourselves.