|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating Christmas”
Our Bible verse for today: “Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before Him, singing with joy.” Psalm 100:1-2 (NLT)
Our thought for today: “Christmas is a time for celebrating.”
I love the Christmas season for many reasons. First, of course, is because it’s the time of year that we Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. There are legitimate historical questions about whether or not Jesus was really born in December, but whatever the actual month of the year was is less important than the fact that He did come into the world as a baby in a manager – and that’s an important reason for us to celebrate.
It’s also true that in the Bible Jesus did not command us to observe his birth. He did tell us to remember and observe His death and resurrection (Easter), but He did not give us a similar command regarding His birth. But the lack of a direct specific command doesn’t mean we cannot or should not celebrate His birth. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke make a pretty big deal of the birth of Jesus, and therefore we should too.
So the reason for the season is to celebrate the birth of the Savior. But that sense of celebration surrounding the birth of the Savior also leads to what I call “the serendipities of Christmas”. A serendipity is a happy or beneficial occurrence or development that wasn’t intended and which wasn’t the primary objective of the activity, but which happened anyway and it is a good thing.
There are many serendipities associated with celebrating Christmas. While Christians are experiencing an enhanced sense of joy and celebration because of the birth of Christ, people everywhere, even non-Christians, exhibit more joy, more kindness, more compassion, and a greater degree of generosity than at any other time of the year. I think we can all agree that’s a very good thing. The world is a better place at Christmas, and we could use a little more Christmas spirit throughout the rest of the year.
All this month we will explore the true meaning of Christmas, and we will consider many of the serendipities of Christmas as well. Tomorrow we will discuss the concept of “Advent” and how observing a season of Advent can help us as Christians to better prepare for and celebrate Christmas.