For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
I write this blog on the first Sunday of Advent. Thanksgiving is recently passed, and the Christmas season is fully upon us. I love the season. It is the celebration of the great gift of Jesus coming into a broken world to offer hope and salvation. It has long since become a cultural holiday season that barely nods to Jesus. That being said, let us not discount the power of the Christmas season to a reeling culture.
We really need the Christmas season this year. We need a chance to celebrate. We need a chance to avoid bad news. We need the space to concentrate on something positive and uplifting. We need the comfort of Christmas music, greeting cards, expressions of goodwill, and traditions like trees and decorations. Indeed, I read that sales of live Christmas trees are booming this year. It also seems that I have seen more outdoor decorations this year than ever before.
Yes, I know that Christmas is supposed to be a holy occasion- and it certainly is- but I also think that all of the goodwill and love that Jesus represents is being expressed this time of year, even if some people are unaware of the real reason for the celebration.
I encourage people to consider the reason that we celebrate Christmas. I also believe that we need this space to find joy amidst pain, love amidst rancor, and smiles, even under the masks.
I trust that this is the start of a beautiful season for you. Use this time to refresh your soul and those around you. We all need it so.
Prayer: Father, we thank you for the gift of your son. His presence gives us hope and peace. Help us to share it well, Amen