Every year at Christmas time, the media is full of human interest stories. Many of these stories are followed by a plea for assistance to provide a meal for a family, a special toy for a child, or some other effort to insure some individuals a pleasant holiday. Then, the narrator usually ends with, “After all, that’s what Christmas is all about.” And, while all of these activities are worthwhile, and I’m certainly not suggesting we shouldn’t take part in them, none of this hits the mark of what Christmas is really all about.
Surely, one of the first Bible verses that we heard in church was John 3:16. “For God loved the world so much, he sent his only son …” Wait a minute! I have children, each one dearer to me than life. He sent his son? He loved me so much that He sent His Son? Is that what Christmas is all about?
That’s it. Christmas is about God coming into the world as a baby. It’s about His life, His miracles and, yes, it’s about His death and resurrection. Christmas is about the Holy Spirit in our lives every day we live.
The Good News is: What Christmas is all about is available to each of us. Even if we don’t find that special gift for our child, or we are not with family we love, or we are with family that’s dysfunctional, or we eat a peanut butter sandwich for Christmas dinner.
Because Christmas in all about Love so great it is impossible to contain.
Have a blessed Christmas.