DECEMBER 27…I sit here watching a neighbor disassembling his Christmas lawn decorations…Santa, Reindeer, Snowman, Nativity Set. I realize Christmas Day is past, but only by two days!
When is Christmas over for you? The day after, two days after, New Year’s Day, twelve days after? The excitement of Christmas builds to a climax on the morning of December 25, and then it stops, abruptly. Christmas is over, the New Year begins, and people go back to their normal lives.
Why is Christmas “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”? It is a most beautiful time of the year with lights glistening, maybe on new fallen snow and with a full moon for a backdrop. Most hearts seem lighter during the season except for those in despair and in need of prayer. Shouldn’t we be rejoicing in the Lord every day of the year? “Rejoice evermore; Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing”; and see Psalm 100. For those whose elation comes only with lights and libations, the saddest day of the year is December 26, because it’s all over and the depression soon sets in. Then…”In the dead of night we now strain for the chink of light that comes from a Bethlehem cave.”**
What does the Christmas season mean to you? Do you remember ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’? What’s the message you get from that story? How would you explain Christmas to your future grandchildren? Is it about gifts or the Giver of gifts? “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is about the birth of our Saviour and love, even of a scraggly tree!
Christmas is not a day, it’s a season…the season of our lives. “To everything there is a season…”
May our Lord Jesus Christ continue to bring light to a world of darkness and hope to a world of despair. May you and yours have a “Merry Christmas” all year long!
~May Lyn – December 27, 2016