‘Tis the season to …
… enjoy the traditions of sounds, lights, and stories
… remember why we have the season.
… spend more time than money on people we love
… watch your intake of Hallmark movies
… spell ‘stressed’ backwards
… count your blessings more than your presents
… to give more than you receive
… catch up with old friends
… make some new ones
… trade Grinch for grace
… worship with awe-struck wonder and praise
It is appropriate that Christmas falls on Sunday this year. We worship on the first day of the week because of the resurrection. We celebrate what He has done for us. Today, the manger and the cross and the tomb are empty. Old Simeon greeted Mary and Joseph as they brought the Christ child to the Temple for His dedication. He rejoiced that he had lived long enough to witness a promise fulfilled: a Savior born for all people. He also prophesied what would happen to that little one.
Jesus, the Eternal Word becoming flesh, came on a mission. Identifying with and affirming the value of humanity, He became one of us. He lived an exemplary life and died an excruciating death. He burst the bonds of sin and death, crushing the power of evil.
And it all started on a quiet night in a small farming village when the skies erupted with heavenly praise. Joy to the world!