And so it begins… how many more days until Christmas? Thanksgiving just finished! We have just cleared the table and finishing up the leftovers. And yet, the rush is on… It is indeed the season for Advent, it is upon us! Christmas decorating, shopping and cooking and preparing for the big day December 25th. This next month will go even faster than the last; so, it seems. Before you know it, January 1, 2019 will be here. But wait, what about Christmas? Santa is coming to town. We can’t pass that up. In many ways I find myself just like a little kid anticipating and expecting. Don’t we all no matter the age? Don’t we all want to experience the wonder of it all? What will be under the tree this year? What surprises will there be for me and my family. It seems we always do look forward to Christmas. (I always do) And why shouldn’t we? If observed in the proper way Christmas should be celebrated and enjoyed.
Truly Christmas can be one of the most wonderful times of the year if we center our Christmas around the truth of Christmas; Jesus Christ. He is the reason we are here. He is the reason we exist. He is the reason we celebrate. Christmas is not about the tree or the gifts under the tree or the singing of Christmas carols but about the message they truly represent. The message is one of love, hope, peace and joy we all so desperately need to hear that comes because God so loved the world. 2000 plus years ago the Son of God came and spent time with His creation in a physical and personal way. He came to connect with humanity. He came to bridge the gap between the Almighty God and a fallen creation. He came so that through forgiveness we might be restored in a right relationship with God Himself. He came so that we might experience hope amid what might seem hopelessness. He came so that everyone might know real love, peace and joy. The life, death and resurrection of Christ made that possible. God chose to reach out to us. God chose to bring us salvation and He does so every day. Every day He seeks us out calling us to draw near to Him.
The Psalmist said, “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing…” We may interpret this verse a number of ways but at face value it seems to me that God is the provider in my life, as the shepherd He knows exactly what I need and when I need it. He knows how to care for everything that needs caring for in my life. Point is: He does care for all that I need – everything no matter what it might be. “I lack nothing” implies everything I could possibly need in body, soul, and spirit in the Lord He takes care of. There is no need to have anxiety, even concern, that God does not have my best interests at heart, that He is not in control of my life when I fully trust in Him!
Christmas is just one of those times of the year when we have been given the opportunity to once again be reminded of who Jesus is, how Jesus came, what Jesus did for all of mankind and share that message in a real and wonderful way to as many people as we possibly can. There should be anticipation, there should be expectation and there should be embracing the season. If we could just slow down and take in all the sounds and sights of Christmas truly indeed Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year.
What are you personally doing with the Christmas message this year? Is there someone you know that you can share the real meaning of Christmas with? Is there someone you know that you can have a cup of coffee with and just maybe extend an invitation out to church to one of the Sundays of Advent or to one of the events going on in the church? Is there someone God would want you to ask or extend an invite to?
What an opportunity God has blessed you with: to reach beyond the doors of the church and share Christ with others. Let’s do it! May God bless you this year as you celebrate Christmas as Christmas should be observed.
In Him, Your Pastor,