November 28, 2018
’Tis the Season!
Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness; being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. – 2 Corinthians 9:10-11
The day-after-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy is already over. The radio is playing Christmas carols! The children are making their wish lists and may have already shared them with family members. It is time to get the decorations out of storage. ’Tis the season! The favorite Christmas recipes are being perused and lists made of needed ingredients. The calendar is filling up with festive events and deadlines. ’Tis the season! The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day seem to fly for the adults, but last forever to children!
Yes, ’tis the season! Some of us anticipate it. Others dread it. The shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating, and program rehearsals are all part of Christmas. However, are they the most important part? Do we find ourselves so caught up in what we think has to be done that we lose the “heart” of Christmas? God showed us what Christmas is all about by giving. No doubt it was not easy for Him to send His only Son from the splendors of Heaven to this dark, sinful world. But His love for us overshadowed the fact that He knew He was sending Jesus to suffer and die. It was the ultimate sacrificial gift, the kind that keeps giving.
For us, real joy could come from inviting a lonely person to sit at our table. The warmth of fellowship and a meal prepared with love are priceless. The Lord has prepared a table for us with daily bread because He loves us. Passing the blessing on is not only a commandment, but also a privilege. Another opportunity of Christmas!
A cherished carol of the Christmas season is “Silent Night.” Hearing or singing that song seems to make a lasting impression on us. Could it be because it speaks of something we long for but have little of—the quiet of that first Christmas? Taking time to stop, becoming quiet, and soaking up all the wonders of His birth in silence stirs something in our hearts. Give yourself this valuable gift this Christmas. Share it with your loved ones. Gather around the lit Christmas tree in a dark room and reflect. Consider the meaning of each color on the tree: red represents the Blood of Jesus; green represents everlasting life; gold represents Heaven; and white represents the purity of Jesus.
Christmas Day is a day of anticipation and excitement. Much planning and preparation has been done to make it the best for our family and friends to come together, share, and enjoy. The exuberance displayed by a child this time of year is contagious and often brings a smile to our faces. Are our anticipation and excitement for the Lord’s Second Coming evident and contagious to others? One of these days, the Lord will say to Jesus, “’Tis the season, Son—time for You to go to earth again.” Then, if we are prepared, we will celebrate together with Him throughout eternity!