I pose this question because it keeps occurring to me and I can’t shake it: Why do YOU, personally, celebrate Christmas?
Is it because you always have, from childhood, and you’re carrying on with tradition?
Is it because you enjoy decorating for the season?
Is it because you can get great deals at all of the sales that are only available this time of year?
Is it because you have children and you want to give them a sense of normalcy?
Is it because you celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?
Is it because you have the opportunity to get a few days off from work to relax and enjoy loved ones?
Is it because that’s what society deems “normal”?
The other thing that won’t leave my thoughts is this: If you aren’t a Christian, if you don’t believe in Jesus Christ, why would you celebrate the day of His birth? It’s not a selfish question, like I don’t want to share the holiday with non-believers, it’s a true curiosity. I invite you to please leave comments or feedback to answer some of these questions. I’d really like to learn your “reason for the season”.
My reason for the season is to celebrate the fact that God gave us his only Son, Jesus Christ, over 2000 years ago, to save us from sin. What a gift! No material gifts under the tree can top that.
Of course, I do participate in gift-giving, I do decorate my house, I do plan family dinner, I look forward to having the week off to relax and enjoy my friends and family, and to have a moment to breathe and knit my fingers to the bone (because that’s what I do when I’m not typing). However, even though I do all of these typical things during this Christmas holiday I keep in mind to ask for forgiveness, to give thanks for our Savior, and to attend church to give worship to Him with my fellow Christians.
I suppose the point of this whole blog entry is this: Christians have become the minority in this country, yet the celebration of Christmas seems to be at an all time high.
Today I pray that everyone has God come into their hearts so that we can all remember why we truly celebrate Christmas. I give thanks that we were given salvation through Jesus’ birth. I ask for forgiveness of all of my sins. I ask for widespread kindness and compassion in a country who has waged a not-so-silent war against religion. I pray that we all realize that “when you believe, you receive” not only applies to children and Santa, but it applies to us as Christians: When you believe in Him, you begin to receive His blessings. For all of this and so much more, in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!
By now we have all heard of the tragic loss in the Connecticut shooting. I can’t begin to fathom any rationalization of any acts of this nature, other than to know that Satan has struck again. Not only have the people of that community lost their children, but the children who witnessed the shooting will suffer psychological impacts for years to come.
I’ve seen posts on Facebook rallying for the ban of guns, all guns, period. The argument is that guns kill. While I fully support the control of all semi-automatic weapons (in my opinion they should be relegated to the military), I do not support the outlaw of guns as a whole. What I do support is the outlaw of sin, and I offer than instead of complete gun control we exercise “sin control”. If more people were to turn to Scripture and truly believe that God has the ultimate judgement of all of our sins, the world would improve one person at a time. When we control our sin, the gun control will fall into place.
For ease, I’m copying and pasting what I posted this morning on my Facebook in response to my family member’s comment about me defending my Constitutional Rights by keeping the guns that allow me to have food on my table for we depend on that to feed ourselves. Rightfully, she argued the rights of the children that were taken and never given any rights and that semi-automatic guns are indeed part of the problem. However, my original post was to defend my right to keep the hunting weapons we need to sustain this life in my house.
I work in a preschool and have had to call the police 3 times in 3 months, most recently this week due to a mentally unstable man. Being the first person to see people approach & enter my building you better bet your pants off that I wish it were permissible to have a concealed weapon to defend not only myself, but every 168 of the 3-to-5 year olds I care for and am responsible for protecting. There is NO justification for violence, period. Perhaps if there was more outreach by people who know the plagued with insanity, maybe if the country as a whole could have a sense of responsibility to be held accountable, we might make some impact. I know how easily guns can fall into the hands of nutbags, need I remind you of our recent ordeal being robbed of our weapons? Living in a world like this, you need to be prepared to defend yourself. It’s not getting any better. Do you know if someone comes into your home & robs you blind you have more rights letting them get away with it than if you were to defend yourself? Gun control is totally necessary. The point of my post was directed to those who have jumped on a bandstand arguing the outlaw of guns completely. Bottom line for me, personally, is to abide by the Bible and treat others with kindness and compassion, meanwhile i have to be alert that the devil works in all forms, and I, for one, won’t back down. Will I break the law? No, of course not. Will I pray that our country starts heading in a better direction so we can have some sense of security? You betcha! Again, I pray for anyone and everyone affected by this tragedy, especially for the innocent babies and their devastated families.
What I ask of you today, of all of us, is to turn our lives over to God, to come to a better world where we know that we have a higher calling. We are not meant to hurt each other, judge each other, least of all kill each other. To cope with this loss I’m relying on my faith. I pray that this kind of event is prevented in the future because God enters the hearts of all who need Him. I pray that our nation uses this as a wake up call and instead of being passive about religion turns their lives over to the Word of the Bible, God’s Word, and abides by it.
My heart and prayers are with the families, friends, and all of the people in this country that have been touched and devastated by the loss of so many loved ones due to the instability of humans and Satan’s power over them. I pray that God comes into our hearts and minds, that we keep mindful that our duty is to treat each other as we want to be treated, with kindness and compassion, respect, and dignity. I pray that we can all rely on God to get us through this and all tragedies as we face a world that has turned it’s back on the Church and God in general. I pray for forgiveness. I pray for comfort. I pray for protection. I pray for the widespread blessing of God’s love to enter the hearts of all who need to know Him. In Jesus’ name, I pray, AMEN!