I love Christmas! Sometimes, I joke with my friends and say I only exist to experience Christmas every year. My sole purpose of living is to celebrate Christmas. I love the traditions, the movies, the decorations, and living in New York; I love the lights in the city (not the city, just the beautiful lights).
I love to come home after a long day at work, cozy up with a nice hot chocolate, sit in my living room, illuminated only by the Christmas lights I have hung around, and watch a cheesy Christmas movie. Do I know how the movie will end? Yes. Will I still watch it? Also, yes.
But as much as I love these little traditions, I need to remind myself of the reason for the season. My husband and I set out to do the Advent devotional by She Reads Truth, and He Reads Truth every year. We have made at least 3 attempts and failed each time (we hope this year we break the cycle). The reason we do this is so we can refocus on the true meaning of Christmas: the first coming of Christ.
As Christians, we can easily fall into the commercialism of the holiday. We can become so caught up with gifts, decorations, and getting everything ready in time that we forget to put Christ in Christmas. This is why we aim to do a devotional every year.
The birth of Christ is so significant because we would have no hope of salvation without it. We would have no savior. Our belief stems from the fact that Jesus was born onto us, that he came into the world through Mary and lived a sinless life.
For to us a child is born,Isaiah 9:6
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
This child came for us; without his first coming, we would be lost; without his first coming, we would not long for his second coming. But, praise be to God, Christ came, and because He came, we can celebrate Christmas, rejoicing because we now have a hope of salvation.
I ask that you take a moment from all the business today and thank God for sending his son for us. Let us rejoice today and every day in the birth of baby Jesus!
SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”