The True Christmas Spirit
Published on: December 6, 2019   8:53 am
The first snow of winter may have just fallen, but it’s been looking a lot like Christmas since before Halloween. In stores across the country, glittering trees and inflatable snowmen had sprung up by early October, turning what should have been visions of sugarplums into nightmares of shopping lists, crowded stores, and holiday travel. While giving and receiving gifts is a favorite Christmas tradition in many Christian homes, the modern emphasis on profit over prayer has many of us ready for the ball to drop and corks to pop before Santa has even arrived at the local mall. Yes, each year brings the same laments of commercialism, but perhaps that’s because, if we’re honest, we all have the same item at the top of our Christmas wish lists: a message of hope.
Carols get played so frequently during the Christmas season that it’s easy to hear the lyrics without listening to them. “Glory to the newborn King.” “God and sinners reconciled.” At the heart of the story of Christmas is a message of love, redemption, and forgiveness. We celebrate the miraculous birth of a savior whose divine compassion and sacrifice would outweigh man’s sins and redeem human kind in the eyes of the Lord. Gift giving is simply a means of demonstrating the mercy and goodwill that are the meaning of Christmas.
Get swept up in the merriment of the season. Watch the joy in your children and grandchildren’s faces as they unwrap presents. Share a home-cooked meal with your loved ones. But remember the reason we make these symbolic sacrifices:
“I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:12