Well, it is upon us...Christmas Season!!! It’s supposed to be the happiest time of the year. For many of us, however, it can add stress to our lives as our schedules fill up with decorating, cards, events, parties and shopping. For others it is a time of reflection and even mourning if we have experienced a painful loss. In our already busy culture, Christmas is a hectic time and if we are not careful, we can allow it to take our attention off of its true meaning. Advent is a time for us to celebrate the coming of our Lord Jesus as we look to the story of his birth.
As we enter into Advent, I want to encourage you to spend time reading the accounts of Jesus’ birth in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Put yourself into the place of the shepherds who witness the glorious chorus of angels as they announce the birth of the Messiah (Luke 2:4-20). Think of the excitement of the Magi as they journey into a foreign land to see the one who is born King of the Jews (Matthew 2:1-2). God has given us this great gift of his own Son to be savored and enjoyed. He is the source of life, peace and love. I know it is cliché, but it is true: Jesus is the reason for the season.
I want to encourage you to live that message this Christmas season. In the midst of wrapping presents and cooking Christmas meals, remember that God has generously given his Son for all the world that we might have life in him. We who have received Christ Jesus have an eternal gift to offer the world. Be careful not to get caught up in the whirlwind of busy Christmas activities. Let’s show radical generosity and loving kindness toward others so that they can see the incarnation of Christ’s word in us. We will shine as brilliant lights in this dark world until he returns in glory. Amen.