M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S !
My first thought of Christmas is often associated with my favorite Christmas story, A Christmas Carol, where Scrooge, deeply transformed by various visiting ghosts in the night, finally grasps the true spirit of Christmas in his heart. He cries out of his window in the morning in glee, and those previously shunned by his famous “Bah! Humbug!” line look at his change of heart with disbelief.
Although this day marks the climax of what is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year,” the reality is that this definition does not fit everyone’s circumstance. Yes, many are happy today, but sadly, many are not. You may find yourself anywhere on the scale from overwhelmed to joyful, frustrated to sad, completely content or perhaps processing heartache at the loss of a loved one or a relationship. Life has its seasons, and regardless of which one you find yourself in on this day, there is hope to be found and embraced.
It is encouraging to think about the masses today; the millions that are embracing, just like Scrooge, the spirit of Christmas—the greatest single day of the year where the most love is expressed, the most generosity found, the most good deeds done to those in need. If we were to look on earth from outer space, perhaps it would glow with a different color, one of the energy of love.
It is in this spirit that I’m reminded of where Christmas originated from: The birth of a man named Jesus, whom Christians know as God’s Son, one who truly lived out the principles of love thy neighbor and do unto others as you would have done to you. But regardless of what you believe about Jesus or this season, today is the day to adopt the principles embraced and walked out by this man: grace, generosity, peace, patience, healing, kindness, sacrifice, goodness, love, forgiveness, mercy, faithfulness and truth, to name a few. It’s a day to dig deeper into our souls and act on those urges to care for others and make everything worthwhile, to imagine things unseen and wish for something more. To dream, to walk in faith, to find joy in the midst of any circumstance. Join in wholeheartedly with the world in elevating love above all things—and this year—let’s carry this spirit of Christmas beyond this day…
If you have never read the Christmas story as recorded in the Bible you can read it here. To read an interesting commentary on the historical Biblical story, read David Lose’s article on the Huffington Post titled: Is the Christmas Story Trustworthy?