The hustle and bustle of the Christmas season is both exciting and exhausting. Beginning on Black Friday, consumers are at the doors of all of their favorite department and retail stores to get the most for their buck. On average according to the National Retail Federation, Americans spend approximately $700 on gifts and other holiday expenses; “totaling more than $465 billion” (http://abcnews.go.com/WN/mailform?id=14998335) during the season.
It’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla of Christmas here in the US because America is a nation that enjoys things and reinforces the power of the dollar; but let’s consider what would happen if we used those same energies to be a blessing to someone else, gifting them our presence, our time and our full attention.
The shepherds in the field of Bethlehem on the night that Jesus was born were greeted by an angel saying,
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:11-12 ESV)
Without hesitation the shepherds went to see Jesus to witness for themselves the miracle of His birth (presence); they traveled a long way to see Him (time) and they basked in the moment when they arrived (full attention).
Contrary to popular trend and belief during this time of year where “Happy Holidays” is a more politically correct term, and “Merry Xmas” is an easier message to send people, there is NO reason to celebrate Christmas, if not to recognize and celebrate the greatest and most precious gift of all CHRIST Jesus. He’s the reason for this season and for every day in between. Because He is, we are. Keep Him in it.
Merry Christmas Dreamers! I pray that you have a blessed one!