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The Reason for Christmas

Luke 2:7

…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

112015 Ray McDonaldChristmas is just around the corner folks – counting today there are only 4 days before Christmas morning.  Are we finished our shopping yet (mine’s finished)?  Are the decorations up (been up since shortly after the 1st of the month here)?  Have the office parties started yet (we went out for lunch earlier this month)?  It is December 21st after all and after today there are only 2 more days until Christmas Eve.

What makes Christmas special to you and your family?  Is it a special Christmas tree ornament that has great sentimental value?   Is it a special recipe you or someone in the family only pulls out for Christmas?  Is it the look on our children’s or grandchildren’s faces when they open their gifts?  Is it that special movie or song that we love watching or hearing each year?

Christmas is all of those things – but Christmas is especially a time to remember the greatest gift ever given (I use that phrase a lot I know).  The birth of Christ – love poured out into a manger – is what Christmas is all about dear readers.  We know the phrase many use – Christ is the reason for the season – but I have also heard Christ is not only the reason for the season but the reason for every day!

Society tries hard to remove Christ from Christmas with their Happy Holidays or their use of Xmas.  Manger scenes are not allowed in many government or public places.  They even call the Christmas break from school a winter break now.  So many attempts to be politically correct (PC).

What will we do to help our family remember that Jesus is the reason for the season?  We have always read the birth story from the Bible with our children before we open any gifts on Christmas morning.  They have kept this tradition even as grown adults with their children (and with us when they spend Christmas Eve with us).  We talk about Jesus’ birth as the gift that really counts.  We try to worship together on Christmas Eve when possible.  What will we do this Christmas to make sure our children understand that Jesus is the reason for the season?  How will we express to our children and grandchildren and all others too – how important the babe in the manger is to us.  The babe in the manger – the man on the cross – the risen Lord – Jesus!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


December 21, 2015 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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