“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”
Colossians 3:23 NKJV
Winter has hit with sporadic chilly temps, signs of snow coming in and out and gusty winds throughout the Mitten State. In case you haven’t been checking your calendars, the frequent indecisiveness of the weather and spouts of snow can only mean one thing: Christmas is upon us.
Oh Christmas, how I love thee. From the hours spent on meticulous tree decorating, gathering with loved ones you only see once a year, excessive - and occasionally - obligatory gift shopping, and the constant obsession with hot cocoa that surrounds every cafe (I seriously don’t get it) - it’s a season like no other. Christmas carries within itself a presence of familiarity, each year carrying it’s own likeness into the next. And with familiarity, it’s easy to step into a season with half lidded eyes and more complaint on your breath than truth in your heart.
Christmas, just like seasons of life, isn’t meant to be stumbled into each year. Christmas is a celebration and a remembrance of the truth - that Jesus, the Son of God, came to this earth as a Man, sacrificed His life so that we may know the Father. There’s nothing casual about Jesus’ birth. There’s nothing laid back about Jesus’ sacrifice. There’s nothing Jesus did with His eyes half-lidded. Jesus came because of His excessive, unceasing love for us that we are so undeserving of.
I never want to become so familiar with Christmas as a season, as a holiday, as all these distractions that we give it that I forget to see Jesus. No matter how you’re spending the Christmas season this year, whether it’s working three jobs, volunteering at your local church, studying like a mad man for finals, buying presents on layaway or making an effort to see people in a way you’ve never seen them before - I pray that this next month you choose to see Jesus in all that you do. That you do everything wholeheartedly, alert and ready to receive from God, remembering His promises that we’ve received because of Jesus. That you marvel at His presence, delight in His love, and cherish all that this season has to offer, hot cocoa and all.
Tis the season, what you make of it, of course.
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