Rushing the Season (to be jolly)

Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.                                                                 Philippians 2:5-8 (The Message)

Yes, I listened to Christmas music today while on a walk. I suppose I rush the season. My outdoor Christmas lights are up and lit- I might have been the first in the neighborhood to do that. I am wondering if I should feel guilty.

Well, no, I am not feeling too guilty. I love Christmas, and I like all the things that go with it. I know that the culture celebrates a season that worships merchandising and sales, not the reason for the season- the incarnation of God coming to earth bodily in the form of Jesus. So, I join in to the culture’s celebration, but knowing why I do it.

The season allows us a reason to display a spirit of good will toward one another. We have the example of Jesus, who came to earth, giving up untold ecstasy and peace to wander the earth as a human being, with all the suffering that comes with that. He came to lay down his life for us. His example of selfless sacrifice is played out in our tradition of giving Christmas gifts to those we love. It also inspires us to give to people we do not know. It inspires churches to generate giving campaigns to help people in their own community, and around the world. It’s a great season.

So, let the celebration begin!

 Early.

Prayer: Lord, how can we begin to thank you for the gift of your son- the reason for the season of Christmas, Amen

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