Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Hope

Merry Christmas everyone! I'd just like to take this opportunity to reinforce that the true meaning of Christmas is NOT being together, or being nice to others. That seems to be the message I'm hearing on all the cartoons we watch these days. I think that's their way of finding some depth in the midst of all the materialism. We are simply celebrating the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, who came into the world to save it. He was born to die so that we might know Him and live eternally with Him. How humble His birth was, how flagrantly we ignore it.

I don't think it's enough to just remember the true meaning of Christmas each year. I think the best thing we can do is to accept the gift He came into the world to give us, or if we've received it, be sure to say "Thank You," again. The last thing we deserve is presents, let alone the gift of eternal life. May each and every present we open remind us of His gifts to us, forgiveness and rescuing. This is the star we see bright and shining in the sky, hope and purpose in living. Now, THAT'S the reason for the season. As they say in England, "Happy Christmas!"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Is this not THE HARDEST thing to get across to our children in our materialistic culture??

Even in my mind, I have to try to convince myself that Christmas is for my kids and the grandparents, because it is the ONLY way I can make it through the day with the in-laws. My views are always odd to them, everything I do is odd to them, and everything must be THEIR way. Their way is materialism, commercialism, and consumerism, all the way, and an overabundance of everything.

But that just came across grumpy and mean. And it is Christmas.

I am off to enjoy Christmas with my children before leaving for the day.

Happy Christmas to you!!!