Corporations spend countless funds on advertising to impress on us how the latest product will enhance or change our very existence. Or maybe the newest Mercedes will suddenly grant the esteem and respect you well deserve. Or maybe your kids will love you so much more if they find the latest and greatest toy under the Christmas tree.
You cannot turn on the radio or television this time of year without being bombarded by advertisements for everything under the sun. It’s rather sickening to be honest. Shameless pandering to the open hearts and wallets of the season. I’m purposefully avoiding Amazon and certain online sites for the time being, lest I get sucked into buying for the sake of the deal. There’s honestly nothing more I need.
Sometimes pause is in order. What are we celebrating?
Christmas has become a complex time of year for many. We don’t want hurt feelings over gift giving. We have to keep up appearances and decorate our homes to the hilt. We have to bake fifteen dozen cookies for the school. We have to mail out two hundred Christmas cards to our nearest and dearest friends and family, complete with a family photo and newsletter. Everything must be perfect. So much pressure!
That first Christmas in Bethlehem was anything but perfect. There was no room in the inn for Mary and Joseph and the greatly anticipated birth of their baby boy. But, God always makes a way for His plan to be born.
“And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
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.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” ~ Luke 2
And, so here’s wishing you much peace and joy this Christmas season! May we focus on the tiny baby in the manger who became flesh to take on the sins of the world rather than be distracted by all this world heralds as certain pure bliss.
Jesus, Immanuel (God with us). A simple message of love, hope and redemption. He did not arrive in a neat package with a crisp, red bow and the perfect gift tag with calligraphy writing. No, he emerged bathed in humility and wrapped in love.
Christmas is a celebration of the day love entered the world for you and for me. So thankful Jesus came.
” For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
~ Isaiah 9:6