Christmas trees, gingerbread cookies, tinsel, holly, mistletoe, family, friends, travel, giving, receiving, candy canes, shopping, eating way too much, singing carols. What is missing? Jesus, that is what! We can get caught up in the "season" and get swept off our feet by commercialism or we can stay focused and peaceful. You do not even have to do the traditional things. Some take ski trips, vacations, or other fun getaways to start a new tradition. The important thing to remember is to not forget what this special day is all about and whatever you are doing to think about the birth of a baby in a manger who came that we might have life and have it abundantly.(See John 10:10).
Men have tried to deny his existence. They have taken his name in vain. Even in the recent movie "Lincoln" Director Steven Spielberg took a perfectly wonderful film and ruined it by having the actor portraying the late President Abraham Lincoln taking the Lord's name in vain. I can not imagine this Christian President doing that so it ruined the movie for me. Even when Jesus was getting ready to be crucified he did not deserve this horrible death yet he says 'Father forgive them for they know not what they do.' (Luke 23:34).
Jesus truly is the "reason for the season". Let's not be "holly Christians" (term coined by an Air Force Chaplain I knew) but let us let Jesus be Lord of our life the others 364 days of the year as well.
Luke 2:11(NIV) Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you which is Christ the Lord.
PRAYER: As we approach the birthday of the King of Kings I praise your name Jesus. I will celebrate you every day. Help me Lord stay calm and not get caught up in things that do not really matter. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Click on link below for a wonderful song for Christmas.