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Well the Christmas season is upon us and the end of the year is just around the corner. I know it may sound cliche, but the years seem to go by faster and faster as I get older; and 2013 is no exception.
With all the events that took place this year in my life, it is just mind-boggling. When I stop and reflect on these events I can honestly say that God is ever-present in my life and He is doing some amazing things! I am so thankful.
This time of year though is not just for reflection, but for rejoicing. The true meaning of Christmas has everything to do with the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Dave Ramsey made an excellent point on his radio show today that Christmas is a time of giving because God ‘gave His only Son for all mankind’. The Christmas story is one of ultimate sacrifice and love. God sent His only Son to earth to be our living example and then to suffer the wages of sin for our salvation. What an amazing and loving God we have.
Our culture tends to put parameters and expectations on giving, which is unfortunate. Giving has no boundaries; it has no dimensions or rules. It is all about giving from your heart and not giving more than you can really afford. I remember years ago when my husband and I would stress about Christmas time. We would wait until the last minute to buy gifts for family and friends, we wouldn’t have a budget and we would just purchase everything with our credit cards. Then, when the statements came in the mail the next month, reality slapped us in the face, we were even more stressed out and we had completely lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas.
We have since changed this practice and Christmas time is much more enjoyable and financially tolerable, for everyone. The adults in our family now draw names to do a gift exchange, which works out great. When we race around frantically trying to buy gifts for everyone we know, it becomes super stressful and the true meaning of Christmas gets lost in the chaos.
It pains me deeply that there are people in our country who want to stomp out Christmas entirely and turn it in to some secular, selfish annual event. These people have infiltrated our communities, our education system, and especially our media. They promote the banning of Christmas themed events, songs, and displays or at least a radical change of these symbols. Have you heard that we should now call Christmas trees, Holiday trees? Seriously?!?
These same people try to make those of us who celebrate Christmas feel ashamed for wishing others a ‘Merry Christmas’. Our country’s founders designed our constitution to provide religious freedom for all citizens of America, including Christians! It is amazing how those who want to stomp out Christmas are the same folks who are out there protesting for ‘equality’ and ‘diversity’. Can someone say hypocrisy??
So don’t feel ashamed if you celebrate Jesus’ birth and want to say Merry Christmas. If someone is offended, then maybe they should have worn a sign that says they are anti-Christmas. Christians are not mind-readers.
Jesus is the Reason for the Season, we need to remember this and not be ashamed. Remember that the battle has already been won. God is on the throne and Jesus sits at His right hand.
Enjoy your families and make sure your children know the true meaning of Christmas. Above all, praise Jesus and rejoice in the celebration of his birth and life on earth.
‘And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.’
- Luke 2:10-11
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones and wishes for a prosperous and blessed New Year!
Hi! My name is Mandy.
Thanks for visiting my blog! Being a mom in this modern age is a pretty difficult thing. So many expectations are imposed on us and it can be overwhelming and often discouraging.