Merry Christmas!  Today is the day that we celebrate the birth of our Savior.  A miracle birth, nonetheless, with a virgin mother and a host of unlikely visitors.  The Messiah came to earth, not as a warrior looking to lead Israel out of oppression, but a baby prepared to live the perfect life that we couldn’t and die the death that we all deserve.

Today is His birthday.  While I maintain that the celebration of the resurrection is a more important Christian holiday, Christmas represents a time of hope, love, and peace that seems to be a bit more inviting.  Christmas gives us more time to spend with family, showing our love through quality time and, of course, gifts.  Christmas gives us time off of work and that makes the holiday feel more special.  Christmas is full of warmth, joy, and anticipation.

However, we sometimes get drawn in to the pressure of buying the perfect gift, the expectation of making everyone around us happy, and a busy schedule that keeps us from experiencing Christmas as advertised.  We end up focusing on our to-do lists and family obligations more than the love that Christ’s birth represents. 

God wrapped Himself in flesh to come down here and save us from ourselves.  We need to make sure that we keep this significance in mind as we get bogged down in the hustle and bustle of our celebrations. 

Now, go worship our Savior.  Go love on your family.  Experience the peace, hope, and love that this season represents.

10/1/2013 05:21:57 pm

Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.


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