“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7)
I listened to a co-worker the other day tell me they had “lost” their Christmas spirit. She said that since she wasn’t able to go to her Mom’s house (and hadn’t been there for the last nine Christmases), she hadn’t been able to get into Christmas. Faith Hill sings a song called, “Where are you Christmas?” There are other songs with either the same or similar meanings. But my point is this.
The Christmas spirit does not get lost except when we have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. It is not just about a special day in December whereby friends and family get together. The purpose of Christmas is to celebrate the birth and life of Jesus — the prophesied Christ who came to offer each and every one of us peace and joy and hope. The happiness comes from believing on Jesus by faith and not from opening presents or tree decorating.
Because of this, I can say that this year, I have had more Christmas spirit then ever! Already, I have spent 15 days teaching my kids the Biblical version of Christmas. Why? Because I believe trusting Jesus is where my happiness has come from and I want them to know this too. The teachings have taken anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on my boys and the entire time has been amazing. (I will post some videos after Christmas so you can see them.)
But there is more. I personally have learned so many things from this simple story of Jesus’ birth … and from watching my kids share the same story back to me. In fact, there has been so much joy and laughter in doing this that I can honestly say that I am at peace. Before this, I had been dreading Christmas without family this year but since starting advent all my fear has been replaced with peace. My heart is filled with the hope of Jesus. Yours can be too. If you know the tune, sing along with me.
Silent Night, Holy Night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, so tender and mild
Sleep, in heavenly peace
Sleep, in heavenly peace
Silent night, Holy night Shepherds quake, at the sight Glories stream from heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Hallelujah. Christ the Savior is born Christ the Savior is born.
Silent night, Holy night Son of God, love’s pure light Radiant beams from Thy holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.
Wasn’t that edifying? If you feel like something is missing this coming season, read the chapters in Luke where the scriptures provide the actual account of the story of Jesus’ birth. You will not only be pleasantly surprised by the things you didn’t know about Jesus’ birth (like Jesus and taxes came the same year) but this is where you will also find the true meaning of the season. Merry Christmas to one and all! May the King of kings and Lord of lords richly bless you with His Spirit in the days ahead!