There is less than two weeks until Christmas! Our house is decorated, although not quite as elaborately as usual. Our backs have been a limiting factor this year. Still, favorite decorations are out to celebrate and reflect memories from the past. It looks nice in spite of not having a tree. Our tall plant filled with candy canes for our son-in-law will have to do the job.
Next week my Mom and I will cook ahead for Christmas dinner. I still want to make fudge for my niece and get it in the mail very soon. The gifts are wrapped and ready for Christmas morning. I am excited because I found a perfect gift for someone. While I am not famous for my gift giving originality, I believe I accomplished it at least once this year!
Indeed, gift giving can be a challenging and expensive part of Christmas. The quest begins for many the day after Thanksgiving. Some leave the table and their families, even on Thanksgiving Day, to save money and begin that daunting task. They head for work or to shop in the many stores that are now open for Black Friday. Time for giving thanks to The Lord and enjoying family is cut short.
I was talking to someone about all of this recently. They referred to Black Friday not as a shopping day, but as the day that Jesus was crucified. We remember His death on Good Friday. The skies turned dark as He gave the greatest gift of all. Yet, as the Christmas Season begins and we head to town to buy presents, His sacrifice is the last thing on our minds.
There are many distractions in the Christmas Season. Concerns about parties and what to wear to an event can come to the fore. Finding that just right centerpiece or poinsettia for the dinner table gathers our attention. Cooking and cleaning to make things look just right leads to exhaustion. Stress and anxiety can rob us of the joy of Jesus’ birth. It can become an every year trap.
In this season filled with “Jingle Bells”, “Rudolph” and Santa Clause, I pray that the coming of Jesus will be on our minds. May the wonder of the birth of Our King cause us to turn to Him and share our faith. That we avoid spending too much time trying to please others, but make time to reflect Jesus’ love. May there be room in our days to celebrate and spend time with Jesus. He is what Christmas is all about.
Luke 23:44-46 NKJV Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’
Luke 2:7 KJV 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
John 14:27 KJV) 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Song of Solomon 2:10 My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away.