And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Thought for the Day: There is joy in Christmas
The Christmas Season, full of bright lights and many sale signs, seems to come too soon in the year and then seems to go away too fast as well. As I awoke this morning, I sat reminiscing about Christmases past and how this Christmas will be the first time in many years, where we will stay home on Christmas Day. I also awoke this morning and began looking at Facebook to see the many pictures of families together. Some pictures are of friends of mine who posed with their parents and siblings. Some pictures are of homes decorated beautifully for the holidays where loads of family members come to celebrate together. There are moments when I ponder my life of many losses, and long for my parents and brothers to walk in the door on Christmas morning. I haven’t seen them in so long. There are moments when I watch a, yes – Hallmark Movie and long to have an old-fashioned Christmas as portrayed so beautifully. Sadness does come to me often, as it does to so many, especially at this time of the year. We can’t help it – it is a part of the life we live. It comes every year, it comes when we least expect it, and it hurts deep in our hearts. So what do we do about it?
We celebrate what we have! I have so much and I do not take that lightly. I have a very loving husband who brings Christmas to my sweet family in beautiful ways. I have two young sons who love so beautifully and bring excitement into our otherwise quiet home. But what do we really celebrate?! We celebrate Jesus! We celebrate that He came and brought to us life, true life with Him! I celebrate that I am a part of a Church and the Music Ministry of a Church where we sing, we sing God’s message for the congregation and we praise God. We sing for those in the congregation who are sitting with huge families and for those who sit alone. Today, I can celebrate fully because I have my family with my husband and children. Today, I can celebrate that I have God who loves me and who has brought me through so much. Today, I can celebrate the we have “family”, other children of God, in our precious church friends who will celebrate with us.
So, do I and do others who have lost so many family members still hurt. Oh, yes we hurt! But, do we have the feeling of hope and love in the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ? Today, I will worship God. Today, I will take in as much love as I can as I remember Him. Today, I will remember all those family members who are no longer with me but I will cherish even more the ones who are with me now. Today, I will remember the “true” meaning of Christmas, “God loves me”.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for Christmas and for sending your son to earth as a baby. This day, we celebrate His birth and the joy that He brings. Be with those who hurt today, God. For there are so many. Bring joy to their hearts and help all of us share love as we see them today. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Christmas Eve