Christmas is a time of year that is charged with lots of emotions. These emotions run the gamut from celebrating the birth of our Savior to the warm fuzzy feeling that one can experience from hearing the song “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” and hoping to receiving the long anticipated present!
There are also those who experience the emotions of sadness, frustration and deep depression because one’s family is so fractured. The season only surfaces painful memories of disappointments, family feuds and the loss of loved ones.
The reality of living in a fallen world makes this season of celebration difficult for many. The disappointments of life are front and center in the minds of many. They don’t look forward to this season and yet many feel compelled to put on the happy face, especially for those who are Christians. I wonder how aware we are of the hurts of those around us? Are we so wrapped up in the cultural celebration that we lose sight of those who really don’t feel they have something to celebrate?
As Christians we enter this Christmas season with a celebration of our Savior’s entrance into this world. The birth of Jesus is the fulfillment of prophecies that many had anticipated for centuries. Our hope for redemption has arrived.
Maybe our Christmas season would be very different if we as Christians didn’t get so lost in the cultural celebration of family, gifts and pumpkin pie. Maybe if we focused on the “real reason for the season” others who suffer sadness would be able to participate in the true joy of the season. There would be a place at the table for them rather than them feeling like they have to sit at the “kids’ table” because they don’t exactly fit in. This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t celebrate with family and be grateful for what God has given us, but maybe with a correct focus of the season we might see the needs of those around us in our church and community.
We can’t make up for the losses that people have experienced but we can “weep with those who weep.” We can also focus and celebrate the reality that a Redeemer has come and He will make all things new. Although we live in a fallen world, we have a real hope that we are loved and cared for by the One who will make all things new.
Perhaps if our focus as Christians was on the Christ of Christmas, we could make this season one where those that have experienced losses and disappointments would have a cause to join in the celebration and sit at the table with the adults!
What can I do?
1. Take time to refocus your heart on the real reason for celebrating Christmas.
2. Ask the Lord to show you how you can invite others to join in the real spirit and celebration of Christmas. You just may make someone’s Christmas memorable!