|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating Christmas”
Our Bible verse for today: “Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:11 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Christmas inspires hope and joy.”
Last Sunday a group of our children, teens, and young adults started our Christmas service with a short play entitled “Christmas Hope”. The story was about a young family whose father had passed away at some point during the year. As a result the family was struggling with grief and sorrow, and also with financial problems.
So now at Christmastime the newly widowed wife, who is also now a single mom, is trying to figure out how she can afford to buy presents for her teenage children. The kids also had their thoughts on presents. The daughter heard that one of her friends was getting a new expensive cell phone for Christmas and she asks her mother why she can’t have one too.
As the family is decorating the house the mother comes across the manger display, still in the box. As she looks at it thoughtfully, she asks the children to have a seat on the couch. She then proceeds to take the pieces out of the box, one-by-one, and uses each figurine to tell the kids the Christmas story. She explains how it was that Jesus left the glory of heaven to come to earth in the form of the baby in the manger. She explains the humble circumstances of Mary and Joseph and the shepherds. She talks about the meaning of the incarnation and how it led to the adult Jesus one day dying on a cross to pay the penalty for our sins. And she talked about how we can spend eternity in heaven thanks to that baby in the manager.
The kids listened, enthralled. Finally the message hits home: Christmas is about much more than Santa Claus, reindeer, and presents under the tree. Christmas is about Jesus. Christmas is about promise and hope and joy for the right reasons. Christmas is about the great truth recorded in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one an only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
The family then continued decorating their Christmas tree, but now with a renewed sense of peace and hope and joy. They still missed their Dad, and finances were still tight, but even so, they were able to enjoy Christmas and be blessed by the celebration of it because they were now focused on Jesus instead of on their problems.
The lesson for us? Jesus is the reason for the season. He is our Savior, He is our hope, and He is our source of joy.