My friend, Susan Reinhardt, from Christian Writer/Reader Connection is sharing today's message, a most excellent reminder to keep the main thing, the main thing.
Jesus Is the Reason for the Season
Growing up, my parents and I attended church a distance from our home. I recall waiting for buses and subways in the middle of winter. During December, the long rides never bothered me because my face was glued to the bus window. I’d count all the houses with cheery Christmas lights.
Yet my absolute favorite scene was a beautiful, lifelike nativity in front of a massive church. Every Christmas, my mind still travels that road although I have not been there in many years.
Our church always put on a Christmas Pageant. The tiniest child got a chance to say a one-line “piece” as they called them. Some of the older kids memorized long poems. The icing on the cake was the Christmas play.
While we enjoyed the big family dinners, shopping, presents, and cards, Christmas was about Jesus’ birth. He was and is the reason for the season.
Even back then, commercialization and distraction became an issue. A Christian group put up billboards saying, “Keep Christ in Christmas.” The fact is, without him Christmas doesn’t exist. Christmas without Christ is like a birthday celebration without the birthday boy.
As we spend time with family and friends, let’s make Jesus our first priority. Start a new tradition in your house:
1. Read the Christmas story on Christmas Eve or before the Christmas meal.
2. Play Christmas Carols and sing during the season.
3. Participate in Christmas activities at church.
4. Reach out to those less fortunate. Open your home to an elderly or single friend, who’d otherwise spend Christmas alone. Buy a toy for a needy child.
5. In your devotional time, think about the wonderful gift God sent us: His precious Son.
Stressed with the many details of Christmas? Relax, and have a talk with the One born in a Bethlehem stable over 2,000 years ago.
Copyright 2009 Susan J. Reinhardt
Lord, may we take note of Christ every time we see or hear the word Christmas. May our hearts quicken with Your presence as we contemplate the real reason for the season.