Dear Church Family,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (KJV Luke 2:14). The angels gave this message of hope and love to shepherds (and us) on the very first Christmas. There were no champagne toasts, decorated trees, sugar plum fairies, or shrimp cocktail (I would have missed the shrimp cocktail). However, I bet it was the best, most amazing Christmas ever! It was the real thing, a birthday party for Jesus (which took place in a barn).
Fast forward to 2014. How many of you noticed in the stores that the Christmas Nativities were right next to the Halloween zombies for sale in October? People are groaning over the never-ending “only __ more days till Christmas!” It’s almost a chore to get everything done and not be broke. Does this look anything like that very first Christmas so long ago? I do Christmas at my house. I stress out about it every year. I remind myself every year as long as I don’t burn the turkey, no one will care about anything else (well, maybe the scalloped oysters, but that’s it). I worry about having everything “perfect” (it never is, but everyone keeps coming back anyway). But the first Christmas was PERFECT, and it took place in a barn, with a beautiful baby boy laid in a manger. The focus was the baby Jesus and He was perfect. The focus was Jesus, same as it should be now. If I interpret the bible correctly, Christmas is all about love. So if you simply show love to someone else, possibly some one in need, I think you are creating the perfect Christmas and honoring our Savior in a way He would like.
So if you are stressing out like I do, just say “Oh cut it out! Spend a little time reading the bible and focus on the gift we were given on Christmas day so long ago.
I wish you all a very peaceful and joyous Christmas, focusing on what is most important!
Merry Christmas Church Family! Beth