During the Christmas season things that matter come into focus, things like miracles, light, and giving…especially the miracle of Christ’s birth through a virgin, which began the culmination of God’s miraculous plan for mankind’s redemption. How wonderful is that story of the tiny baby’s birth! We celebrate this birth and rejoice always, but especially at Christmas! (Read Luke 2:1-20)
Lights brighten our Christmas season; they are found everywhere on houses, businesses, trees and lawns. As we celebrate with lights, we can choose to remember the true source of all goodness and light, our Savior, the Light of the World. (Read John 8:12) Because of this, we walk in the Light and we are cleansed of our sin. (See 1 John1:7)
The Holy Spirit and Christ working through us at Christmas also touches our giving heart, and nudges us to reach out to that lonely neighbor, to that family in need, or to the homeless mother and child. (See Acts 20:35 and Matthew 25:35-45) The focus on giving at Christmas can be joyful and humbling experiences; God calls us to experience this throughout the year.
I am thankful to know the true meaning of Christmas and to see God’s hand in all the lights, miracles, gifts, and acts of kindness.