Miraculous Story

 

Even with all the extra responsibilities during the holiday season, for me life would be rather empty without this time of celebration. The Christmas season provides a change, a break, a chasm in the regular doings of life. This change in the routine to accommodate the preparations for Christmas provides a great opportunity for connection and relationship that are sometimes lacking in my life during the rest of the year; such as:

  • Sending and receiving Christmas cards allows me to connect again with faraway friends;
  • picking out and decorating the Christmas tree brings the family together and allows us to share stories behind the various ornaments we place on the tree;
  • baking and decorating cookies allows for relationship time with the kids;
  • watching Christmas movies with the family not only brings us together but the movies convey messages/reminders of what is important;
  • Christmas parties allow for renewing relationships with old friends and a chance to make new friends;
  • there is space and time for reflection and gratitude;
  • there are opportunities to express thanks to those who are important in my life, but don’t get much recognition such as educators, mail carriers, newspaper carriers, milk carriers, garbage collectors, etc.;
  • there are opportunities to think of others and get them the perfect gift that tells them I care;
  • there are opportunities to help those who are less fortunate;
  • and, most importantly, this break in the status quo shifts the world’s focus from the day to day routine to preparing for Christmas. And, in so doing, the story of the birth of Christ, the Savior, is retold and re-lived. Celebrating Jesus’ birth every year shakes up our routine and our lives just as it did for the people living more than 2000 years ago. Everyone, believer or not, benefits from this change in routine and the chance to hear the miraculous story of a child conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to bring salvation.

In the eternal words of Linus, “And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ, the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men.’ That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. 

Thanks be to God for loving us enough to send his son so that we may be saved. Amen.

Kelley Evans


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