Our Bible verse for today: “While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son …” Luke 2:6-7 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Enjoy being with your family at Christmas.”
One of the most popular Christmas songs of all time is Bing Crosby’s “I’ll be home for Christmas”. If you look closely at the lyrics you realize that it’s actually about someone who will not be home for Christmas. For some reason the person is away from home and will have to be content with being home only in their dreams. It’s really kind of sad. When I hear it I usually think of a young man or woman in the military, serving in some remote and dangerous place in another part of the world.
“I’ll be home for Christmas, you can plan on me;
Please have snow and mistletoe, and presents under the tree.
Christmas Eve will find me, where the lovelight gleams,
I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.”
In his little Christmas devotional guide “The Christmas Code” O.S. Hawkins points out that the manger scene in Luke 2:6-7 is really all about family. There we have a mother and father bringing their baby into the world, laying him in a crib, and then gazing at their newborn in awe and wonder.
Family is important to God. God is pro-family. Family was His idea. In the beginning chapters of Genesis we read that God brought Adam and Eve together in the Garden of Eden and instructed them to make babies. The Bible then is filled with detailed instructions about how family life is to be lived, and the clear implication is that we are to value, protect, and nurture family life.
Christmas is a time that draws families together. We drive long distances to get home. Big families crowd into small homes, sleeping on floors and couches. We give gifts, catch up on family news, eat too much, take lots of pictures, tell bad jokes, and just enjoy being together with loved ones.
As you prepare for your Christmas celebrations I encourage you to prepare for and cherish quality family time. God is pro-family and we should be too. And remember, if you are aware of someone who doesn’t have family to be with, consider including them in some of your family celebrations.