“So this is Christmas
And what have you done?
Another year over,
A new one just begun.”
(From “War Is Over” lyrics)
So this is Christmas. All over the world, people are setting up Christmas trees, buying Christmas presents, planning parties and vacations, covering their houses and yards with Christmas lights. It’s “everyone’s favorite time of year.” Christmas is my favorite time of year, too. It’s true that there’s something beautiful about this holiday. So here’s the challenging question I am asking myself this year: I know that it’s all about Jesus, but do I really realize what that means? Someone sent me a forwarded e-mail last week that set me thinking about this. It was titled, “A Letter From Jesus Christ, Concerning His Birthday Celebration,” and it contained what someone envisioned as Jesus’ Christmas Wish List. Of course, none of us can know exactly what Jesus would write on such a list but I think that if we sat down and thought about Him for a while, we could come up with an idea of what He would ask of us for His birthday. Here are just a couple things I think He would like from us for Christmas this year:
1. I think He would like us take the time to remember the hundreds of people all around the world that don’t know what Christmas is about and to pray for them- not once or twice but every day, whenever we think of it.
2. I think He would like us to remember that hundreds of people kill themselves every day because they feel deserted or alone and try to smile at the people we meet or lift a helping hand to someone in need. It could change someone’s life. I have found that a little act of kindness goes a long way, sometimes. I will never forget that one Christmas while I was Christmas-shopping and I had all my items bagged when I realized that I was a couple dollars short. Embarrassed, I hastily tried to calculate which item I could put back but before I had even collected my wits, the man behind me nodded at me and said, “Oh, it’s ok, I’ll pay it. It’s no big deal.” It was only a dollar or two but I never forgot the relief and gratefulness I felt. I still think of that unknown old man sometimes because he made a great impact on my Christmas with those two little dollars. It makes me think that there are a lot of ways to show God’s Love.
3. I think He would like us to set aside some of our money- maybe set aside some extra tithe- and use it to buy Christmas presents for someone with no home or friends. My sister and I did this one year and it really helped us to realize what an encouragement we can be to ourselves by blessing other people.
4. I really think He would like us to try to get along with our own family this Christmas; to do our best to avoid arguments with one another and try to let His light shine through us.
5. Last of all, I think He would like us to remember Him in everything we do this Christmas. It will make all of the other things much easier to do.
I am going to take a half-an-hour out of my day today and use it to ask myself what He would ask of me for Christmas if He were talking face-to-face with me.