Baked goodies are pulled in and out of the oven for friends and family, while I hover over my laptop planning the worship set for the Christmas Eve service at my church… and sort through fifty other tabs to price compare different gifts that I eventually just get on Amazon.
Multitasking at its best.
Then it hits me: It’s seven days before Christmas and I haven’t sent out a single Christmas card.
So, if you’re reading this, Merry Christmas! This is your card.
Oh but wait-the stockings! I always forget those. I make a mad dash back to my laptop, all the while kicking myself I didn’t do this like three weeks ago. “Why do I always do this to myself?” I ask out loud like a crazy person.
Then, one evening driving home, my three daughters are pointing with a “Wow!” and a “Mommy, did you see that house?” as we pass houses completely covered with every holiday light and decoration you could possibly imagine. (I also forgot to put up lights.)
By the way, who are these people who have the time and creativity to cover their ENTIRE house and yard with lights that spell out words and create shapes of snowmen in their bushes. I mean, come on.
“Why can’t we have lights like that, huh mommy?” the middle daughter whines.
Before I could open my mouth to respond, the youngest answers, “Christmas is not about lights-it’s about Jesus!”
At five years old, she’s got it all figured out.
Isaiah also sums up the who we’re celebrating:
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.~Isaiah 9:6-7
Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor.
For those who morn, grieve, and are lonely this holiday season, He is with you.
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. ~2 Corinthians 1:3-7
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. ~Jesus (Matthew 5:4)
Jesus is the Mighty God.
There is no other like Him or above Him. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ~Jesus (John 14:6)
Jesus is the Everlasting Father.
He is our Father in Heaven who holds us in His unfailing and unconditional love in spite of our faults and failures.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ~John 3:16
Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
Placing our faith and trust in Him gives us peace beyond understanding in the midst of struggle, heartache, and confusion.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:7
Jesus will finish establishing and upholding justice and righteousness.
Our world can often be a gut wrenchingly, horrible place to live sometimes. But, there will come a day when He will return and wipe away all tears, restore justice, and uphold His righteousness forever.
4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away… 6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children” ~Revelation 21:4, 6-7
There’s nothing wrong with giving gifts or putting enough lights on your house to short out the power grid.
But when we start making the Christmas season only about those things, we should take a step back and remember who became the ultimate light of truth and gave the everlasting gift of hope to the whole world.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays!