It is written in Ecclesiastes 3:1, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. " As we hurriedly move into this most "Holy Season", we need to take time out to ponder the purpose of celebrating Christmas.
When we open our hearts to the Person of Christmas, JESUS, and come to realize His birth was the very incarnation of "God", we make room for the true meaning of Christmas. This enables us to embrace the truth that God's own Son, JESUS CHRIST, was born of a virgin, in a stable, at Bethlehem to become the "only way" of salvation for humanity.
Christmas, like no other season seems to cause so many emotions, desires and expectations to surface in a person's soul. We often allow the frantic pressures of the season to rob us of the real joy of what Christmas is truly about. Like the world, we find ourselves centering on the buying of many gifts, going to one party after another, maxing out credit cards, falling into the trap of commercializing Christmas, and ultimately "making no room" for the Christ child.
As believers, we need to be vigilant, in "making room" for CHRIST by greeting our fellow citizens with a hearty "Merry Christmas" instead of happy holidays. It's a quick reminder to them that without a national day set aside to celebrate the birth of "JESUS" they wouldn't be privileged to have a holiday.
My prayer is that we will take advantage of this special season to reach out to the less fortunate, to encourage the hurting, and to serve others with a joyful heart. May each of us "make room" for the treasured gift of "CHRIST JESUS our LORD and celebrate this most jubilant season, in a manner that will glorify our "Father" in Heaven.
God bless you until our next visit,
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. - Revelation 3:20
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