WHERE THAT TOOK ME
When do we lose that abundant joy of anticipation and expectation? And how do we get it back? I think we lose it because all of our lives, we are taught that Christmas isn’t about receiving—it’s about giving. It’s the time of year to be extra nice to our fellow man. We’re taught that Christmas isn’t about what we get but how much we can give of ourselves to our family, friends, the disadvantaged. It’s the time of year when charities make their last best pitch to solicit monetary gifts on the streets and in our mailboxes. And in recent decades, it’s about where we can display a manger scene and who is offended with two little words: Merry Christmas. It’s about the commercialism of a capitalist society and about putting “Christ” back into Christmas.
Then a thought occurred to me—the kids have it right! It’s the adults that are screwing up the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas always has been about us receiving the greatest gift of all time. We should be excited about what we are getting on Christmas Eve! We should be running around telling everyone about who is coming and what he is bringing us because the Creator of the Universe, God Almighty, stepped into our meager existence as a helpless baby to bring us an understanding of himself we could never have had otherwise and the greatest gift of love—his own life for our redemption! If that’s not something we can get excited about receiving, what is? God is with us now and always in his Holy Spirit and we have his promise that Jesus will return again. What if you knew he was coming back this Christmas Eve? Would you be filled with the joy of a child anxiously waiting? And if not, why not?
As adults, we should share the love and generosity of the Lord during this holy time of Christmas, but let’s not lose that wonderful childlike joyous expectation of the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus is coming! There will never be a better gift!