Find time to reflect on meaning of Christmas
December 26, 2007
‘Tis the season to be jolly. Or is it the season of folly? It seems that no matter how hard we try, Christmas doen’t quite measure up to our expectations. Like most people, many of us must have had envisioned the perfect scenerio.
Picture this: A cosy home all lit up with festive lights. Fresh snow is gently falling through the pine trees to blanket the earth all in white. Wood smoke rises into the winter’s night. A wreath hangs on the door to welcome family and friends alike.
Through a window, you can see the most beautiful tree, glowing with ornamental delight. A fire dances and crackles in the hearth, creating a celebration of warmth and light. Inside, the aroma of pine and spices fill the air. Home-baked cookies and gourmet treats awaits on the table, tantilizing to the eyes. Pine and holly accent the doorways and mantle. Must not forget the presents under the tree; the stockings hung with care, the yule log, the Advent candles and all that makes such a wonderful sight. Christmas carols and old-time favorites set the motion, while good cheer laughter and happy time is the notion. For hearts are full of wishes and prayers as the special moment draws near.
But this is not so in many cases. More likely the tree dies, the roast got burnt, a call from work and grumpy moods. Stress builds up, then comes the gloom. This is life, nothing new. Does this sound real familiar and rather a drag?
Consider this. Joseph and Mary had to travel far to Bethleham just to pay taxes, even though Mary was about to give birth. Can you imagine the great discomfort with no modern ammendities? And when they had arrived at their destination, no one was there to greet them with gladness. No room for the night, no drink of water or a kind face that said, “Oh you must be tired. come on in.” Just think how it must have been, being alone by yourself in a town amongst strangers who were all too busy to care or greedy to listen and give the gift of helpfulness. And this was the first Christmas and Mary and Joseph received only the least of the best just before the big moment ” the birth of Christ Jesus.
But there were those far and near who were spoken to and listened. They were able to pull out of the world of obligation and go seeking that special moment. Wisemen and shepherds, the noble and the least, both responding to something much greater than life ” not quite understanding it but knowing it deep within their hearts. This something ” bright, full of hope ” a quickening of unexplainable love, the spirit of Christmas, the birth of Jesus.
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‘Tis the season for frustration or good cheer. Let us try to find time to reflect on meaning of Christmas, the gift of love, from God. May Peace and Love find you this season.