It is hard to believe that Christmas is upon us once again. If one looks back to just one year ago, we realize how fast time really goes by. The memories of all our christmas’s past seem to bring clearer images of how our lives have changed. Loved ones that have passed, who were part of our celebration bring us a feeling of sadness. New additions of family and friends become part of our Christmas traditions and celebrations.
Every year we celebrate Christmas is never the same. We are different in that not only are we not the same, but everyone around is in a different place in their lives. The years happenings and experiences one has experienced have no doubt changed who they are. We have in our own lives, grown, learned more lessons, survived changes and become better and stronger people.
Yet the one thing that has not changed is the true meaning of Christmas. We may have been preparing for quite some time for the things that lead up to this special day. We have decorated our homes,our tree, have shopped for gift giving, planned menus and been looking forward to time off from work. With all the hustle and bustle, the day of celebration just seems to come upon us before we know it.
All these preparations are a sign of the coming of Christmas. But in reality, they don’t make the meaning of Christmas any more special. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. That never changes. It’s how we recognize it year after year and apply this miracle into our daily lives year after year. Although the meaning stays the same, it is where we are in our spiritual lives and our relationship with God in which this time of year seems to have more meaning.
Think about the birth of Jesus. What kinds of births have we had in our own lives. Yes, it could mean actual babies that were born in the world, but have we experienced any sorts of other things in life that could signify births in regards to our lives. Maybe we have experienced a spiritual awakening. Maybe we have had a chapter of our lives end, only to have started a new one. Any kind of change is an opportunity to experience a new birth.
While thinking about the birth of Jesus, we then think about the reason God sent Him; to suffer and die for our sins. How does His death and resurrection apply to our lives now? Because He resurrected means that even though death is part of life, it is not the end. We do experience death with the passing of our loved ones, yet is is only their body that has left. It should comfort us to know that they are in a better place and that one day we will be reunited with them. Other things that happen in our lives can be similar to that of an ending, yet because of the significance of a birth it means that something new may be waiting for you around the corner.
Things that are associated with the birth of Jesus should help us apply them to our own lives. The star for example that was present the night Jesus was born. Think of it as the light of God constantly guiding us and His love shining upon us. The wisemen who brought gifts. Lets ask ourselves what kinds of gifts we can give to other people that will bring joy into their lives. The shepherds, who worked hard and yet took time to praise and honor the birth of Jesus.
Jesus in the reason for the season. What can we do in our lives to do our part in honoring and serving God? Perhaps we can start by asking God to reveal what His will is for our lives. And that He will give us the courage and the strength to carry it out. It’s not about what we want, It’s about what He wants for us in which we will be blessed in ways we never thought possible. As you celebrate Christmas with family and friends, be grateful that they are in your lives. Never take for granted the people that God has put in your lives, for He has a reason for everything.
Merry Christmas to all and may God bless you!