Christmas is nearly upon us. As I look out my window, it’s hard to believe it’s December. The sun is shining and it’s about sixty degrees. As a Northerner who has moved to the South, I’ve missed those cold weather snaps that bring with it the biting north wind and snow flurries swirling around me as they cover the ground in a fluffy white blanket. It’s so much easier to get into the Christmas spirit when there is cold and snow than when it seems more like spring.
The onset of winter brings the anticipation of Thanksgiving and Christmas – a time of family, thankfulness and giving. We count our blessings of the current year and look forward with anticipation to the New Year and what it has in store for us. While it is sad to say good-bye to another year, it is hopeful to welcome the new one. It’s a new beginning and clean slate. Anything that carries over from the old, we anticipate turning into better times or good things.
I find it fitting that we go from a time of Thanksgiving where we count our blessings to the celebration of the One who bestows our blessings on us. Soon after Christmas, we celebrate the start of a New Year filled with hope and anticipation We can do this because Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus. Jesus represents hope and love.
Every year I meditate on Christ’s birth and what it would have been like to have been there. When I think of that first Christmas evening and what it must have been like, I can almost feel the chill in the air. I have an overwhelming feeling that something extraordinary is about to happen. The night is so clear that the stars are accentuated and seem so close you can reach up and touch them. There is one so bright and beautiful that it takes my breath away. Then there is joyful singing that starts out barely distinguishable and begins to build until it fills the heavens and vibrates my heart. I see angels dancing for joy in the night sky as they announce that God has come to Earth to live among mankind and bring peace, love and joy. I stand amazed and a bit frightened for I’ve never seen such a heavenly display before. I can feel in my soul that this is good and will benefit me and the rest of mankind. A warmth spreads throughout me as I feel God’s presence in a tangible way – the energy of His spirit flowing through me. The hole in my soul is filled by Him and I feel complete.
I am thankful for God’s gift to us – Jesus, His Son. He came as a baby. He went from child to adult just like I did. He felt every emotion and dealt with every situation I have. There is nobody who understands me better nor is there anybody who loves me more. He willingly died so that I could be worthy enough to be with Him for eternity. There is nothing I can do to end His love for me. I’m grateful for this special gift from God and join the angels as they praise God in the highest this Christmas.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6