For many Christmas is a time of rejoicing. For others its a time of heartache and pain. And whilst for others its a nightmare for they believe its an ungodly pagan festival in which they can’t wait for it to be over.
For many its a time of rejoicing for many reasons. Many are Christian and celebrate the birth of Christ. Its the celebration of God the creator coming and living with us in human flesh. Its a time of rejoicing that Emmanuel is truly with us and has been with us ever since.
For some they rejoice for other reasons. They enjoy the holiday break. They enjoy the time with family. They are no overtly religious or have any particular belief system. They just go with the flow. Its a time to give and receive.
There are others in our midst who are not able to celebrate. Christmas is a time of remorse. They may be grieving the sad news of a loved one passing away. They may be a member of the emergency services who have to attend a fatal accident. Others may be grieving the loss of family in other ways; such as divorce; they don’t have access to their children. They may be locked away in jail or perhaps are experiencing loneliness and homelessness in other ways.
For others they believe that Christmas is a pagan festival. They hate this time of year and spend huddle away from society; and critique how bad society truly is. And there just may be some who indeed are worshiping and celebrating their pagan gods this Christmas. And in doing so ignoring the birth of Christ and the hope in which he brings.
What ever your reason for celebrating or not celebrating Christmas this year; I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. I pray that Jesus who is the reason for the season will indeed become as real for you as the nose on your face is. I pray that the Lord will keep you safe and that no bad news will come your way this Christmas. And for those who this Christmas is a time of loneliness and grief; I am sorry and ask our Lord to bring comfort and peace to you in this time.
Bless you. Craig b