During the Christmas season we can find ourselves wondering what it’s all about. Is it really about gifts, presents, or even the gatherings of friends and family? We often discover that this is a time of hardships and for some, heartache. We want to offer our best, but we seem to give our least. But this is a season that should cause us to focus inward and not outward; the place where we find the true meaning of the Christmas season.
Let’s look for a moment at Luke 12:22-27 (NKJV). 22) Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. 23) Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24) Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? 25) And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 26) If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 27) Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
As we read, we are not to worry, nor be anxious about things. Yes, it’s hard, but this season is really about the One who holds all things in His existence, for nothing turns without His say so. We learn to come and rest in His presence, where His peace covers all areas of our lives, leaving us to understand that we are not here to perform for “anyone” but solely to depend upon Him completely.
Yes, presents, gifts and family are important, but not to the place where they rob us of our joy. It’s the coming together, with gifts or not, to bring treasures that each of us need…treasures of joy, laughter, embrace, hope and relationship. It’s not about pressure or having to measure up, but bringing what you have and offering it to the best of your ability.
So let this season be one that reminds us of the true meaning it represents….Jesus Christ. He has given all in order that we can possess it, and in turn, offer it to others…love.
Let His love surround you beyond measure, for that is what the world is looking for.
Father, I pray for each one reading this, that their hearts would be wrapped with Your love and peace that ties it all together. Comfort those who need Your embrace, and release heaven’s gift of salvation to everyone who needs a new beginning in their lives…in Jesus Precious Name…Amen.
© Bonnie S. Vaughan