What do we really want for Christmas? Sure, there are gifts we are hoping to receive under the tree (like the latest gadget, gaming system, or gift cards to our favorite restaurant), but I mean what we REALLY want. Even if we don’t ever really concentrate on it, or come out and say it in all the hustle and bustle of the season… aren’t we longing for that deep sense of peace and joy? We catch glimpses of it during special holiday moments right? An evening by the fire while the snow falls gently outside. A holiday party filled with the presence and laughter of our beloved friends and family. An act of generosity and kindness that blesses someone less fortunate than us.
Often, these glimpses are fleeting because they aren’t anchored in that which defines the season and endures beyond the season:
God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16)
During Christmas we are reminded of the greatest gift of all: God’s love. Not just some kind of abstract theological love… but love in the form of a person who has promised to be present with us, heal us, and lead us into everlasting life! Jesus the Messiah. If we anchor our lives in Him then every day is Christmas. Every day is filled with peace and joy.