As you know, Christmas for me has nothing to do with pretty paper, lighted trees and too much food! Certainly I love beautiful decorations and eating well, but the true meaning of Christmas for me is the celebration of my dear Savior’s birth and the blessed assurance that I belong completely to Him. Yes, that is truly Amazing Grace.
King David writes in scripture “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?” and I often find myself contemplating that very truth, especially at this time of year. Who am I that the Almighty God is mindful of little ole, plain, simple me? How is it that a God who stepped down from His heavenly throne to be born in manger should have me of all people on His mind?
Several nights ago, I decided to tour the new city I now call home, and as I observed the magnificent decorations while power-filled Christmas hymns played in the background, (most notably was my favorites “Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel” sung by the awesome Wynonna, “Little Alter Boy” sung by the incomparable Karen Carpenter, and “I Wonder as I Wander” sung by the amazing Barbra Streisand) I was rendered silent as I contemplated the Lord’s immense love for me. Oh my…it really is a truth that totally sets you free and blesses your heart in ways that are indescribable.
Since December 25th is a birthday party, I plan to give the Guest of Honor many things, starting with more dedicated, quiet, alone time with Him. I also plan to give Him more of my best in word, thought and deed, and my greatest prayer to Him moving forward will be to learn to love Him more and to learn to love others more.
The best way to sum up this entry is with a short story. About two weeks ago, I was traveling in the midwest and had an opportunity to ask a man if he knew the Lord. I knew the answer but I wanted to hear it from him and I must say that it was excruciating listening to him try to talk about “the faith” he was raised with and how he today “just kind of, sort of, just you know, kind of just does what is moral and you know, well just tries to live a good life.” You see, that is why Christmas Day is so special. It totally removes all the “you knows” and unnecessary wordiness from the equation. In other words, as the great carol states, “Joy to the World, The Lord has come! Let earth receive her King!”
May God Bless each and every one of you and may your Christmas be filled with thanksgiving, love and devotion to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
See you in the new year!