What is Christmas all about anyway? My house is filled with decorations, and I love it. I sit and look at them blinking and changing colors after everyone else has gone to bed and somehow it brings back actual feelings of a younger, happier time. A time that I can bring to life by getting out old home movies where I watch a 40 year younger me opening Christmas gifts for my baby girl, relatives that have gone on are there smiling and waving for the camera as if to say, “Remember me this way, always”.In these movies my dad is tall and strong and my mother knows her children’s names and which one was first born, the church was a happy place to be with Christmas programs and banquets being planned.
Is that what Christmas is about?
To a certain extent I will say it is what we have made it mean but in reality it should be the time that we simply celebrate that Jesus gave up His royal digs to be born in a barn, attended by sheep, goats, cows, and some shepherds who were tending their sheep in a nearby field, being led to the manger by the star that shone over the place where Jesus lay. The angels, who said: “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.” At once the angel was joined by a huge, angelic choir singing God’s praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, and on earth Peace and good will toward men and women everywhere!”
I wish we could take a step back, remember the Jesus of Christmas and let Him bring us back to the peace and good will that was His original gift to us.
John 1:9-13 John was not himself the Light; he was there to show the way to the Light. The Life-Light was the real thing: Every person entering Life he brings into Light. He was in the world, the world was there through him, and yet the world didn’t even notice. He came to his own people, but they didn’t want him. But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Merry Christmas, feel the love.