Something New for Christmas
by Rev. Tom Gray
One of the reasons we give gifts at Christmas is that Christmas has given so much to us. I’m not talking about the commercialism but the real meaning of Christmas. Our world has rarely been at peace. Personally we struggle to find peace.
What we believe that Jesus is the source of peace. Sadly, what we’ve made of Christmas in modern times really doesn’t take that into consideration. If anything, we are more frantic at Christmas than at other times of the year.
It all seems, on the surface, to be good stuff. Parties, dinners, presents—who doesn’t like it? It is extremely busy, it’s expensive, and it’s stressful. I enjoy Christmas celebrations, but it can miss the whole point.
Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.
“Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
Jesus’ new priorities for our lives don’t include going into debt or exhausting ourselves as happens to so many who want to “get with the season.”
Jesus calls for something new. I’m not at all against Christmas celebration, but I am aware that it often blurs the reason for the season. For this Christmas, at least in part, try something new. Don’t focus on stuff. Cut out unnecessary activity. Use that time to reflect on the ones you love and the real reason for the season and enjoy a great gift of Him:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27